Project Portfolio Lead - Software R&D

Job Description

Position Overview

The Building Products Division within Siemens Industry is looking for a Project Portfolio Leader in downtown Chicago, 
 IL. The primary role of the Project Portfolio Leader (PPL) is the planning and execution of multi-disciplined projects within Research & Development. The PPL is responsible for the technical implementation of product development as part of a project or multi-project. This role ensures that the product is implemented with the required functionality, quality, scope, and within the deadline and allotted costs. The PPL serves as the link between Product Management and R&D.

  • Manage project portfolio comprehensively
  • Helps project teams to achieve top performance
  • Understand and guide the team thru the lifecycle of Cloud , IoT applications and devices
  • Supports project leaders during planning phases (before M100) including estimated effort and feasibility study
  • Agree, align and hold on to overall project goals (multi-project management) with ordering party, project managers or subproject managers
  • Supports PM in product range design (introduce technical ramifications) and roadmap definition
  • Manages the decision-making process and priorities within project portfolio
  • Ensures long-term continuity of technical solutions within portfolio"
Communication and interfaces
  • Closely cooperates with the PM and architecture team
  • Has intensive contacts to R&D departments
  • Ensures information in line with deadlines and steps
  • Reports clearly and correctly in status meetings and to steering committees 
  • Central point of contact for the project portfolio"
Resource management
  • Plans the strategic resource allocation in portfolio according to available budget
  • Sets clear project priorities within portfolio in case of resource / budget – conflicts
  • Helps select third-party suppliers
Budgeting & Controlling
  • Establishes the portfolio budget
  • Controls and monitors the portfolio as well as major projects and verifies the portfolio budget
  • Checks if costs are consistent with actual progress and under consideration of associated risks
Coaching & Mentoring
  • Ensures understanding across all projects within portfolio of the goals to be reached, particularly projects with Cloud and Firmware related technologies
  • Ensures a positive environment within the portfolio and the project teams
Operational Excellence
  • Adheres to valid processes and drive operational improvements
  • Uses tailoring to achieve top productivity at impeccable quality
  • Finds simple solutions
  • Professional escalation management"
Quality Management
  • Ensures that the projects are carried out by observing valid Q processes
Risk Management
  • Periodic, very target-oriented risk management focused on business impact 
  • Proactive evaluation of project risks
Product range responsibility
  • Supports product range design and technical product responsibility
  • Protection of patent rights / legal rights
Change Management
  • Ensures change management in various areas (e.g. Requirements Engineering)
Required Knowledge/Skills, Education, and Experience
  • BS/BA with 12+ years related experience and a minimum of 5+ years in leading development projects
  • Demonstrated engineering knowledge, program management and planning experience
  • Demonstrated strong leadership and execution of reaching critical program goals/milestones while meeting quality, performance, schedule, and budget constrains
  • Demonstrated problem solving capabilities and results orientation
  • Experience releasing a product globally throughout the entire new product development cycle
  • Self-starter with intrinsic motivation and strategic planning skills
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Demonstrated experience in working with a diversity of different cultures with strong people skills
Qualified Applicants must be legally authorized for employment in the United States. Qualified Applicants will not require employer sponsored work authorization now or in the future for employment in the United States.

Preferred Knowledge/Skills, Education, and Experience
  • Certifications in Project Management and as SAFe  Release Train Engineer 
  • Knowledge of Six Sigma and LEAN skills
  • Working experience with project planning tools (MS Project, QSM Suite)

Organization: Smart Infrastructure

Company: Siemens Industry, Inc.

Experience Level: Experienced Professional

Job Type: Full-time

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