WD-40 Company

  • Project Manager - Innovation

    United States
    San Diego
  • Overview

    WD-40 Company has an exciting opportunity for a well-organized Project Manager who will be responsible for initiating, planning, executing, controlling and closing multiple concurrent new product development projects.  The person in this role will build and manage project teams and ensure quality control throughout the project life cycle.  In addition, the Americas Innovation Development Group (AIDG) Project Manager will work with the Program Manager to design and implement a Program Management Office.

    The successful candidate will work closely with internal and external partners to develop project management processes and templates. 


    This position is for one-year, fixed-term employment.


    If you are a passionate and detail-oriented project manager looking to help establish and drive our project management processes ... please consider joining our tribe!


    What You’ll Be Doing

    • Manage innovation initiatives and project development from initiation to closure within budget, project scope and on time to meet Americas innovation product deliverables. Collaborates with internal teams and external partners (marketing, sales, R&D, QA, supply chain) across a broad range of innovation initiatives.
    • Support activities in line with PMO implementation milestones.
    • Plans and defines project scope with input from Manager of AIDG including identifying and determining project outcomes, critical success pathways, and appropriate parameters including projected budget and initial risk assessment. Understands each project’s priorities and integrates projects accordingly. Frequently reports finding to AIDG.
    • Defines, manages, maintains and communicates project plans to ensure goals and objectives are met. Ensures visibility of project timelines with all team members; identifies potential alarm areas and makes effective investment decisions to avoid exceeding desired budget. 
    • Keeps up-to-date monitoring and reporting progress status. At any given time can document up-to-date key project parameters and communicate current timings, risk, and expenditures to include, but not limited to, forecasting and reporting strategies. Works effectively with cross functional teams with a focus on collaboration, effective communication and results orientation.
    • Acts as a liaison between stakeholders and team members. Leads, coaches, and motivates team members on a proactive basis.
    • Resolves project issues or challenges at any point throughout the innovation project life cycle. Partners with Manager of AIDG when needed.


    What You’ll Bring to the Role

    • 5+ years of experience as a Project Manager, an emphasis in New Product Development preferred.
    • Experience leading concurrent projects with varying complexities.
    • Experience working within a Project Management Office
    • Excellent client-facing and internal communication skills
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
    • Solid organizational skills including attention to detail and multitasking skills
    • Strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office
    • Bachelor’s Degree in Business/Marketing or relevant field. MBA a plus
    • Project Manager Professional (PMP) highly preferred

    Our “Why”


    At WD-40 Company we believe that purpose-driven, passionate people guided by our values create amazing outcomes.  Our “why” is refreshingly simple - we exist to create positive lasting memories in everything we do. We solve problems. We make things work smoothly. We create opportunities. How we achieve our “why” is by cultivating a tribal culture through learning, teaching and living our values.

    Since 1953, our formulation remains a secret. It is no secret that our passion for our people, culture, and brands is what distinguishes us. WD-40 Company has best-in-class products and we seek best-in-class talent.


    Why You Should Apply


    • If you believe in our “why” this is the place for you
    • Over 93% employee engagement as of February 2018 global employee survey
    • Publicly traded company headquartered in San Diego, California since 1953
    • Voted Most Democratic Workplace and certified WorldBlu Freedom Centered Workplace
    • Learning based culture that supports the growth and development of our team members

    We’ve Got You Covered


    Our competitive and comprehensive benefits package provide you and your family with extensive protection and security, along with quality, life-enhancing programs to include; profit sharing, annual cash incentive reward potential for everyone, tuition reimbursement, 401K matching, short day Fridays and much more!


    Do You Align With Our Values?


    Please, only consider employment with WD-40 Company if you feel as strongly about our values as we do:  We live, breathe, and play by our values every day.

    • We value doing the right thing.
    • We value creating positive lasting memories in all our relationships.
    • We value making it better than it is today.
    • We value succeeding as a Tribe while excelling as individuals.
    • We value owning it and passionately acting on it.
    • We value sustaining the WD-40 Company economy.

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