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Newell Brands VAVE Project Manager in Chicago, Illinois

Position Title: VAVE Project Team Manager

Location: Chicago, IL

Reports To: Director, VAVE


The VAVE (Value Analysis, Value Engineering) Program Manager will provide project management in direct support of the VAVE initiative. This person will identify, prioritize, coordinate and execute on projects from ideation sessions. They will work with cross functional teams to ensure project scope, alignment and financial expectations. They will create detailed work plans, analyze risk, investigate avoidance activities, establish contingency plans and identify trigger events and responsibility for initiating corrective actions. They routinely manages projects with values in excess of one million dollars and demonstrates the ability to complete these efforts on time and at cost. Demonstrate a strong level of commitment towards delivering consistent results.


  • Determine projects needed (qty andscope) to deliver yearly VAVE savings targets

  • Create a detailed work plan whichidentifies and sequences the activities needed to successfully complete theproject

  • Determine the resources (time, money,equipment, etc) required to complete the project

  • Develop a schedule for projectcompletion that effectively allocates the resources to the activities

  • Review the project schedule withsenior management and all other staff that will be affected by the projectactivities; revise the schedule as required

  • Track and report on progress to plan.

  • Ensure projects are moved throughVAVE funnel on time and in full from idea to launch/execution

  • Manage a small team of direct reports(VAVE Program Managers)


  • Works with a minimum of supervision intervention.Position requires a self-starting, highly motivated individual with strongplanning and time management skills.


  • Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering, Management,or equivalent related experience, preferably in hardware or consumer goodsmanufacturing.

  • Project Management oversight with a minimum of 5 yearsof experience

  • Strong knowledge of project management tools

  • Project Management certification is a plus

  • Strong and persistent drive to deliver positiveresults.

  • Ability to work effectively within a highly matrixedorganization.

  • A demonstrated capability to drive process and productimprovement.

  • Experienced with Microsoft Project

    Preferred Qualifications:

  • Consumer Products Industry Experience

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.

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