Project Manager in Chicago, IL

Mars Inc   •  

Chicago, IL 60601

Industry: Food & Beverages


5 - 7 years

Posted 55 days ago

About Mars, Incorporated

Mars is a family-owned business with more than a century of history making diverse products and offering services for people and the pets people love. With almost $35 billion in sales, the company is a global business that produces some of the world's best-loved brands: M&M's®, SNICKERS®, TWIX®, MILKY WAY®, DOVE®, PEDIGREE®, ROYAL CANIN®, WHISKAS®, EXTRA®, ORBIT®, 5™, SKITTLES®, UNCLE BEN'S®, MARS DRINKS and COCOAVIA®. Mars also provides veterinary health services that include BANFIELD® Pet Hospitals, Blue Pearl®, VCA® and Pet Partners™. Headquartered in McLean, VA, Mars operates in more than 80 countries. The Mars Five Principles – Quality, Responsibility, Mutuality, Efficiency and Freedom – inspire its more than 100,000 Associates to create value for all its partners and deliver growth they are proud of every day.

The project manager is responsible for the success of specifically-designated projects in the Information Security portfolio. The project manager plans, executes, and delivers all projects on time, in budget, and within scope in accordance with business priorities. Throughout the lifecycle of each project, the project manager tracks project status and manages project teams to mitigate issues and risks.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Directs large-scale, complex projects that may involve multiple internal and external stakeholders
  • Defines project scope, goals and deliverables that support business goals in collaboration with senior management and stakeholders
  • Defines, creates and executes project plans for project, portfolio, and product prioritization and implementation
  • Evaluates trade-offs between project size and complexity, cost, urgency, risk, and stakeholder value
  • Partners with business sponsors to define success metrics and criteria
  • Builds, leads, and coaches multiple project teams throughout project life-cycles
  • Provides frequent on-site monitoring and enforcement of schedules, milestones, and vendor accountability
  • Purchases equipment in accordance with policies, budgets, and operational demand
  • Facilitates all operational checkpoint activities throughout the lifecycle of projects
  • Creates risk mitigation strategies to anticipate, assess and resolve project risks as they are encountered
  • Ensures all projects adhere to project methodology compliance standards set by the company
  • Prepares project status reports and presents project performance updates to relevant business stakeholder
  • Defines and tracks project milestones while developing, maintaining, and reporting on an overall integrated delivery plan
  • Ensures all projects meet success parameters and ROI targets stated in business case

Context and Scope:

  • Excellent project management and team leadership skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent facilitation, collaboration, negotiation, and presentation skills
  • Ability to anticipate risks and devise solutions in the moment
  • Focused and versatile team player who is comfortable under pressure, ambiguity, frequent change, or unpredictability
  • Strong knowledge of business objectives
  • Understanding of software development lifecycles (i.e. Agile, SCRUM, Waterfall, Iterative)
  • In depth understanding of project management concepts

Job Specifications/Qualifications:

Education & Professional Qualification:

  • Bachelor's Degree in engineering/IT/computer science/information security/or similar field or equivalent work experience
  • PMP or Prince2 certification preferred


  • Minimum of 5+ to 10+ years of project management experience, preferably in IT/Digital
  • Experience working on project and portfolio management tools (MS project, smartsheet, Visio, etc.)

Travel Requirements:

  • Less than 10% travel

Valid Through: 2019-11-12