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Breakthrough Innovation Project Leader
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Providing leadership and governance through influence & project management best practices to Breakthrough Technology Innovation (BTI) project portfolio. Supports Innovation Portfolio Management: Breakthrough Innovation reporting and insights. Partners with Business Leaders and Speed To Market (STM) Process Managers to ensure successful Development and Commercialization of Breakthrough Innovation.



BTI Project Leadership:

Partners with New Business Development Managers to translate projects from Front End Innovation to Innovation Development with Chartered, Cross-Functional Teams. Through Development, partners with Business Leader (Marketing) to create a team environment that fosters innovation and creativity.

Leads BTI Development Projects. Drives project and milestone success through experimentation and flexibility within process guidelines. Ensures Breakthrough Innovation team engagement and alignment; manages risk and leads team to overcome potential roadblocks

Provide project management expertise to BTI projects in Development, providing project next steps clarity to the organization. Lead project/process management best practices to deliver project results within target metrics

Initiate open communication with work team resources, project activity, key deliverables and launch dates, fostering a fast-paced environment. Provide leadership through influence to drive accountability, conflict management, and results for strategic execution

Work with business leader (marketing) to ensure proper transparency to issues/challenges, managing to resolution when possible and escalating when not; ability to properly reprioritize based on unplanned events.

Recognize and reward behaviors that support innovation

Drive BTI process requirements; (templates, deliverables and requirements for  IST Governance) for quick learning and course correction

Successfully transitions BTI Development projects to Commercialization through partnership with Business Leads and Process Managers. Ensures project continues to meet Innovation Best Practices and Governance. 


BTI Portfolio Management Support:

Supports integrated Innovation Portfolio Management within USC through Breakthrough Innovation reporting and uncovering insights.

Provides support to Director of Portfolio Management regarding an appropriate supply of project execution capacity to support BTI Portfolio execution and Resource Management.

Provide insights to Director of Portfolio Management on Breakthrough Innovation Project Performance & Metrics.

Continuous reflection to extract actionable insights and identify continuous improvements.


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Bachelor’s degree in business or  related field with 5+ years of experience; MBA preferred

Team leadership experience: demonstrated leadership of a cross-functional team

Five-plus years of proven experience developing and executing creative and successful project and program governance

Demonstrated business acumen

Excellent facilitator, strong conflict resolution skills

Demonstrated problem solving ability

Ability to influence others, often without direct authority, to produce results

Ability to work independently with little direction (Self-reliant and independent)

Ability to communicate and work effectively with multiple levels of management and functions, including proven communication and presentation skills

Attention to detail

Mediate, resolve or escalate conflicting priorities

Experience with New Product Development principles

Ability to work in a rapidly changing environment with project ambiguity, diverse personalities and team members - adapt to shifting priorities, demands and timelines

Strong PC proficiency to include Microsoft Office Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

Experience with project management software such as Microsoft Project preferred

Travel 10-15%

Education Required:
MBA pref.
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