Project Leader

Our client is a leading producer of PTA, PET & EPS worldwide, as well as a leading rPET manufacturer in the Americas. They operate one of the largest polypropylene facilities in North America. They have 35 plants across 9 countries with over 7,000 employees.

The Project Leader is a staff member appointed by the Project Manager to head up a sub-project group, and to supervise and represent a team within a large project. A Project Leader may be responsible for one or more project and/or for one or more project components. Team leaders should possess a subset of the skills and experience necessary to be a Project Manager. This role is a natural step in the career path to project managership.

At a minimum, the Team Leaders should display the following skills:

  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of contemporary project management
  • Understanding of the strategic and operational issues of the project or business unit
  • Conceptual and analytical thinking skills
  • Decision making and problem-solving skills
  • General knowledge of the use and application of project management tools and techniques
  • Adaptability and flexibility including ability to manage pressure, ambiguity and change
  • General management skills necessary to plan, organize and prioritize workload
  • Ability to work in multidisciplinary and multicultural teams
  • Communication skills required for reporting on progress and leading meetings
  • Ability to prioritize and manage well under deadline pressure
  • Technical background sufficient to understand the technologies and technical issues involved with the project and industry, to be able to anticipate and identify technical obstacles, and to make accurate technology decisions
  • Personal integrity and courage to escalate issues about the project to management when necessary and to advocate for responsible solutions to project problems
  • Base knowledge of project management methodology
  • Ability to negotiate consensus amongst diverse groups and impact the activities of others not in own reporting structure
  • Strong background in the understanding and interpretation of industrial standards, engineering documentation, Safety, Health and Environmental requirements, and quality assurance controls

Suggested Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Determines project goals and priorities with project manager
  • Coordinate selected team members, where he/she may not have direct supervisory responsibility (such as hiring and performance/pay reviews) for project team members
  • Support requirements of the project manager to provide necessary information and support for successful project delivery
  • Create a project charter with the team, including the definition of completion criteria
  • Manage and communicate a clear vision of the project’s objectives, and motivate the project team to achieve them; create a project environment that enables peak performance by team members
  • Organize the work into manageable activity clusters (phases) and determines an effective approach to completing the work
  • Compile a complete and accurate estimate of a project; using reserves appropriately
  • Prepare project plan and obtain management approval
  • Analyze risks, establish contingency plans and identify trigger events and responsibility for initiating mitigating action
  • Oversee activities of Risk Administrator
  • Gather stakeholder input, rank the top project risks in terms of total impact
  • Track and report on progress to plan, cost and schedule reporting, and change control
  • Analyze the actual performance against the plan and make adjustments consistent with plan objectives
  • Oversee project documentation and updates to relevant knowledge bases; analyze lessons learned and shares with other project managers
  • Analyze original estimate against actual hours and duration, and understand the factors that contributed to any variance
  • Effectively coordinates the activities of the team to meet project milestones
  • Provides input/justification for project costs and budget impact
  • Proactively identify changes in work scope and ensure appropriate documentation and approval
  • Represent project at meetings and with external consultants and departmental and senior management to assure that priorities are communicated and understood, and that progress/delays/issues are reported
  • Determine what constitutes successful closure for all parties
  • Gain acceptance and sign-off by all parties when closure is attained

Suggested Background, Experience and/or Education:

  • College degree, preferably in engineering subject; minor or advanced degree in business
  • 5 years’ experience in the petrochemical or oil & gas industry
  • Project Management Professional Certification is a plus

All Candidates must be able to provide work related references.

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