Procurement Project Manager

Operations | Morton Grove, IL, United States
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Xylem |ˈzīləm|

1) The tissue in plants that brings water upward from the roots;

2) a leading global water technology company.

Xylem, a leading global water technology company dedicated to solving the world’s most challenging water issues, is the leading global provider of efficient, innovative and sustainable water technologies improving the way water is used, managed, conserved and re-used. Our international team is unified in a common purpose: creating advanced technology and other trusted solutions to solve the world’s water challenges. We are committed to creating an organization of inclusion and diversity, where everyone feels involved, respected, valued and connected, and where everyone is free to bring their authentic selves and ideas.

If you are excited and passionate about helping us #letssolvewater, we want to hear from you!

The Role: We are currently seeking a Procurement Project Manager (M/F/D/V)  to join our global Procurement team and should ideally be located near one of our sites in Mexico (Chihuahua) or USA (Chicago, Auburn, Raleigh) with remote options.

The Procurement Project Manager AMERICAS is responsible for the creation and continuous improvement of the Global project management office (PMO) that provides the oversight, tools and processes, cadence, metrics, KPI's, reports that indicate the health of projects, facilitation of project board review meetings, capability building, and escalation processes of procurement projects to ensure efficient, effective, and successful execution of the project plan.

He/she will use GEP (Xylem’s e-procurement suite) as the primary data source for project identification and high level project tracking and will be expected to utilize professional project management tools/software and templates to train others in advanced project management techniques and act as the process expert in the tool use on projects management. The Procurement Project Manager will work with the Process Excellence Team and Global PMO in XGP. They will act as the project manager, in partnership with the project owners and stakeholders, for procurement initiatives from ideation through realization, that have broad regional or global impact, and/or high spend/savings potential as well as risk mitigation as assigned by the XGP leadership team.                                                                       

Essential Duties/Principal Responsibilities:

  • Professionally plan, lead and manage larger procurement related projects such for example complex supplier transitions, value engineering and outsourcing
  • Organize and lead idea generation and improvement workshops
  • Coordinate larger procurement related projects
  • Establish and develop key interfaces and network between procurement, R&D, product management and operations
  • Enforce/implement /support continuous improvement culture & processes by leading with example and provide change management.
  • Participation in Xylem Watermark volunteer activities

Minimum Qualifications: Education, Experience, Skills, Abilities, License/Certification:

  • University degree or equivalent experience/ Economics or in Engineering or equivalent experience/knowledge.
  • Excellent analytical skills
  • Excellent value analysis skills
  • Good knowledge of production technologies, and processes
  • Good knowledge of Sourcing processes & procedures
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience of Procurement
  • Fluent in oral and written English
  • Proven ability to collaborate globally
  • Project management skills.
  • Ability to focus on cooperate targets and drive these throughout the organization.
  • Passionate about drive change and improvements.
  • Capable of managing multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Capable of working in a team environment involving multiple cultures.
  • Capable of working closely with internal stakeholder, especially Operations, R&D, Product Management and Finance.
  • Capable to interact with different organizational levels

We Offer You More Than Just “A Job”

  • Professional Development – To advance the capabilities of our people, we offer a wide variety of experiences to support our employees’ professional growth and continuous learning.
  • Total Rewards – We offer comprehensive programs for compensation, benefits, recognition, learning and development, work-life integration and corporate citizenship.
  • Watermark – Watermark is our corporate social responsibility program working to provide education and access to safe water to ensure healthy lives, gender equality, and resilient communities. Employees have the opportunity to learn and volunteer on various water-related projects.
  • Employee Networks – Our Employee Networks provide a professional, supportive network for employees from diverse backgrounds, including Women’s, LGBT+ and Allies, Veteran’s, People of Color and Allies, Hispanic Origin & Latin Affinity, Emerging Leaders, Working Parents Networks and Non-Native English Speakers and Allies.

Physical Demands/Work Environment:

(The physical demands and work environment described here are representative of those an employee encounters and must be met to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.)

  • Regularly required to sit or stand, reach, bend, and move about the facility
  • Office: Standard office equipment; work usually performed in an office setting free from any disagreeable elements
  • Standard weekly job hours: 40 hours

Xylem is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, protected veteran status or other characteristics protected by law.

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