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Project Manager - Lead

Thriving on innovation while building on the solid foundations of experience, JR Automation Technologies, LLC is growing!  With 1100+ employees spread across 3 geographical locations, we are looking ahead towards continued success and expansion while servicing multiple industries, including automotive, aerospace, medical, and more.

The Lead Project Manager will actively lead projects for a Business Unit (BU) throughout the entire project life cycle (from quote hand off to project close); providing customer support; leading project-related communications, and taking full project management ownership of related activities performed by multi-disciplined cross functional teams.  Primary objectives are to manage project scope and scope changes, performance to schedule and budget, to satisfy the customer with the performance and the services provided.  This role will also deliver business financial results that meet or exceed JR’s expectation for awarded projects. 

What will your typical week consist of?

  • Directly project manage “critical” projects as determined by management
  • Primary point of communication interface to the customer for respective projects.
  • Responsible for the leadership of the project including scope and scope change management, schedule management, cost management, open issue management, requirements confirmation and definition, risk analysis, project kickoff, performance management and compliance assurance.
  • Owns project management through complete product life cycle from order acceptance through concept and final design, to equipment build, , project award, requirements confirmation and definition, product concept  development, supplier selection, build, run-off and installation at customer facility and, acceptance and sharing of best practices and lessons learned to utilize utilizing the JR Project Management System. Execution Process (PEP).
  • Partner with Program Management Office (PMO) at JR to implement Company and professional project management methodology (PMBOK) and industry best practices.
  • Partner with (PMO) to Maintain and continuously improve, a standard project management process supported by tools and measures
  • Partner with PMO to Develop and manage an enterprise project, program and portfolio management process linked to corporate strategies
  • Partner with PMO to Organize multi-level PM training, including training on process and tools consistent with Company standards
  • Mentor and coach project managers and subordinates, especially in requirements definition, compliance, planning, costing, and risk management
  • Perform project audits to ensure adherence to the JR Project Execution Process (PEP).
  • Assist in the recovery of struggling projects and raise critical project-related issues with management and assist in their resolution
  • Partner with PMO to create a reporting mechanism to provide schedule and budget status to management
  • Partner with PMO to Facilitate key project / program / portfolio reviews with management
  • Directly project manage “critical” projects as determined by management
  • Identify and implement potential improvements needed to support project, program, and portfolio efforts
  • Collaborate with functional peers to resolve critical issues on projects, especially resource needs and project priority
  • Work with BU management to ensure that all projects are properly staffed at project kick-off.


  • Bachelor's degree required. Technical / Engineering Degree is highly preferred. 
  • Project Management Professional training by the Project Management Institute is strongly recommended, PMP certification preferred.
  • 7 years of experience in industrial automation or comparable industry.
  • 7 years of experience managing complex projects.


  • 3 years of experience leading project managers preferred.
  • Proven record of accomplishment of successfully managing direct customer commercial management responsibility
  • Must have excellent leadership skills.
  • Ability to act independently.
  • Demonstrated leadership abilities: 
  • Can lead at team of experienced and less experienced Project Managers effectively.  Sets the example through interactions with leadership, customers, vendors, and colleagues. 
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