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Newell Brands Director - Program & Portfolio Management in Atlanta, Georgia

Position Title: Director – GBS Program & Portfolio Management, R2R

Location: Atlanta, GA

Reports to: Vice President, GBS – Record To Report

The Director – GBS Program & Portfolio Management, R2R will report to the VP GBS Record To Report at Newell Brands and is responsible for proactively leading and supporting highly visible, enterprise-wide programs and projects across Global Business Services for Record-to-Report processes. The role is responsible for program strategy development, scoping, planning and execution of initiatives and special projects, management of project budget/resources, and progress tracking of initiatives from initiation through implementation. The successful candidate must be able to effectively lead and implement complex initiatives that ensure success of global programs.


Strategy& Education - Develops best practices, techniques, and tools for GBS project planning, execution, project management, ongoing milestone/deliverable tracking, and communication. Communicates project management standards and techniques to the appropriate project teams. Coaches, mentors, motivates, and supervises project managers and influences them to take positive action and accountability for their assigned work. Supports annual budget process by providing input on the benefits realization of special initiatives/ projects.

Programand Project Planning - Works with GBS leadership in the generation of statements of work to define project architecture. Works closely with project initiative leaders, develops integrated milestone and project activity level plans including any change management activities and clearly articulated measures of success

ProjectExecution - Handles key strategic and day-to-day operational responsibilities of cross functional project teams. Supports project teams in driving to consistently high-quality outputs with clear values and high-impact for the enterprise. Identifies and manages project initiatives on the critical path to completion. Identifies, manages and resolves interdependencies, issues and conflicts within and between various project teams. Proactively identifies key risks and ensures appropriate risk mitigation plans are in place. Plays an active role in managing internal and external stakeholder expectations.

Project/ Portfolio Reporting - Designs and implements simple, effective tracking and reporting mechanisms for use by project teams and GBS leadership. Monitors and reports on progress, traction, budget performance, risks and integration across GBS projects including all key stakeholders. Reviews monthly project status reports and owns the format of these reports. Tracks and monitors project milestones and deliverables. Conducts project post mortems and creates recommendations to identify successful and unsuccessful project elements.


  • Excellent verbal and written and communicationskills

  • Excellent program and project management skills

  • Subject matter expert of Project Managementpractices and tools

  • Ability to fly at different altitudes – bestrategic as well as able to roll sleeves and get into details

  • Strong influencer that can build crossfunctional collaborative relationships.

  • Personal presence and ability to clearlycommunicate compelling messages. Drivesaccountability through effective project management.

  • Strong execution ability and a sense of urgency.Frequent decision making surrounding changes to project timescales anddeliverables in consultation with other members of the project team

  • Abilityto work in a matrixed environment and to work and collaborate with others, toconsider the needs of all affected groups, and to build/leverage relationshipsacross functions and organizations to achieve business results

  • Expert knowledge of Microsoft Office andproject management tools


  • Bachelor’s degree; MBA / Postgraduate Degreepreferred

  • 10 + years of experience demonstratingprogressive responsibility in project management roles preferably within aGlobal Business Services / Shared Services environment

  • Experience with program management related toset-up of global shared services and/or implementation of global outsourcingrelationships and transformational initiatives within Finance

  • Significant experience working with Financefunctions including deep experience with global processes and systems.

  • Experience in creating projectcharters, generating statements of work, and detailed project plans

  • Demonstrated successful programinitiatives with transformation breadth in large scale organizations.

  • Project Management Professional (PMP)certification

  • Experience in Six Sigma or LEAN preferred.

Newell Brands (NASDAQ: NWL) is a leading global consumer goods company with a strong portfolio of well-known brands, including Paper Mate, Sharpie, Dymo, EXPO, Parker, Elmers, Coleman, Marmot, Oster, Sunbeam, FoodSaver, Mr. Coffee, Graco, Baby Jogger, NUK, Calphalon, Rubbermaid, Contigo, First Alert, and Yankee Candle. For hundreds of millions of consumers, Newell Brands makes life better every day, where they live, learn, work and play. Newell Brands and its subsidiaries are Equal OpportunityEmployers and comply with applicable employment laws. EOE/M/F/Vet/Disabled are encouraged to apply.

Newell Brands is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. We provide all employees and applicants for employment with equal employment opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, gender, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, citizenship, immigration status, marital status, military status, any covered veteran status, disability status, genetic information, caregiving responsibilities or any other basis prohibited by law.