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Manager, Strategy Execution & Portfolio Management

Manager, Strategy Execution & Portfolio Management

222 W Adams St, 11th Floor
Chicago, Illinois, 60606
United States

West Monroe isn’t a start-up consulting firm, but we act like one.
From day one, our people have the opportunity to make a definitive personal impact for their clients and their careers. What does this mean? As a leader in the growing Strategic Growth function, the Strategy Execution Manager will have the opportunity to lead bringing our ambitious strategic plan to life. This includes translating the firmwide Strategy into actionable and quantitative plans to fulfill our purpose to Build the Next Generation of Leaders and manage its execution to achieve the firm’s aggressive growth goals. This role will provide you with many opportunities to make a visible and meaningful impact.

Think you’re up to the challenge?
We are in the process of developing an exciting and ambitious Strategic Plan (to launch in 2020) that will enable us to take our growth and performance to the next level. You could join us while we are formulating our next long-term strategic plan and own the execution of that strategy. You will be responsible for creating the program that rolls out and then monitors the execution of the strategic plan, ensuring achievement of priorities. You’ll work with leadership and cross-functional teams to drive the successful execution of strategic plans and initiatives.

The ideal candidate will have 7+ years of experience in project and portfolio management and/or PMO, consulting and strategic planning, ideally with experience creating PMOs from the ground up. He/she will be responsible to activate portfolio management best practices; assess the project portfolio (for size / feasibility / ease / sufficiency to achieve our targets), recommend priorities and trade-offs to ensure we meet (or exceed) our goals, recommend resource allocation, etc.

The right candidate is highly organized and process oriented with the ability to organize others around you, a team player and change champion (proven experiences of leading other to think and differently according to the business needs), outstanding written and verbal communication skills, and success managing priorities across a number of internal stakeholders and projects. He/she will have the opportunity to work closely with the Sr Managing Director of Strategic Growth and Executive Committee of West Monroe Partners while reporting into the Senior Manager of Strategic Growth.

Please note that this is an internal, strategy role within Shared Services

Job Summary & Responsibilities:

1. Implementation and Execution of Strategy – PMO and Portfolio Management
* Create, operationalize and lead West Monroe’s strategy execution program
* Understand the intent and outcome of firmwide strategy and developing executable roadmaps across the organization for achievement
* Scope and plan projects (set goals and objectives, create project plans, determine resources and budgets, identify risks and contingency planning, develop a change management plan and set KPIs)
* Effectively cascade and implement strategy and initiatives properly aligned with the enterprise-wide priorities; Ensure departmental/unit strategic planning projects reflect organizational strategic priorities
* Defines a robust stakeholder approach to engage the business for an effective end-to-end strategy delivery model
* Develop change management plans and coach leadership on creating and implementing effective organizational change plans
* Work with communications and people teams to ensure effective communication strategies

2. Mobilization & Monitoring of Strategy
* Act as PMO across strategic initiatives
* Execute with excellence (drive owners / contributors to deliver on time and within budget, manage stakeholders / communication, anticipate risks and identify mitigation approaches, manage the budget, monitor progress / KPIs)
* Refine our project stage gate model to drive value, speed and quality
* Mobilizes and manages through influence teams of individuals, in particular practices, office and shared services leads and operations teams, charged with executing strategies
* Develops dashboards to monitor and report progress/execution of strategic plan
* Escalates risks as necessary
* Acts as a resource across an organization to increase broad cohesion for strategic plans

3. Strategy Design/Development
* Collaborates within Strategy and Strategic Growth to identify opportunities for cross-functional synergies and strategic initiatives
* Draws insights from execution/monitoring, gathers and analyzes internal data to contribute to the team’s recommendations
* Support execution of firmwide strategy meetings and retreats

Qualifications:
* Minimum 6-8 years of experience in project and portfolio management, change management and strategic planning in a professional services environment
* Proven skills and track record successfully executing Portfolio, Program and Project Management
* Experience creating portfolio management from the ground up and managing to achieve strategic goals
* Experience motivating organizations to become more agile
* Distinctive people leadership skills with a proven track record of driving change, influencing (especially at a higher level) and stakeholder management, activating others to execute and drive results by working across departments in matrixed environment
* Strong organization skills, especially managing complex projects
* Experience translating strategic goals to successful execution
* Strong process and process execution skills
* Ability to effectively work in group environment
* Entrepreneurial and creative solution orientated mindset, with the ability to ‘think like as an owner', be flexible
* A positive, can-do attitude
* A high degree of independence and executive presence
* Outstanding written and oral communication skills (e.g., clear and compelling “story”, with accurate insights and a well thought out recommendation)
* High level of maturity in a highly visible role with access to confidential information
* Strong work ethic with demonstrated initiative and persistence
* Bachelor’s Degree required (MBA preferred)
* Certification in Project Management
* Proficiency in PM tools, Excel and PowerPoint
* Ability to travel 20-25% of the time

So, if you're looking for an opportunity to flex your Strategy muscles in a high-energy, team-oriented environment where you own your career, we'd love to hear from you.

Think you've got what it takes? Join our team and make us better.

West Monroe Partners is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer -
We believe in treating each employee and applicant for employment fairly and with dignity. We base our employment decisions on merit, experience, and potential, without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, age, religion, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic prohibited by federal, state or local law.

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Location

222 West Adams Street , Chicago, IL 60606

An Insider's view of West Monroe Partners

How do you collaborate with other teams in the company?

West Monroe's collaborative culture allows you to grow professionally by working across practices, industries and offices - all while creating value for the client.

Kirsten

Senior Consultant, Mergers & Acquisitions

What makes someone successful on your team?

If you refuse to shy away from a challenge and enjoy working with an intelligent group of people that genuinely care about those around them, your success will be imminent at West Monroe.

Adam

Manager, Advanced Analytics

What are West Monroe Partners Perks + Benefits

Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K) Matching
Company Equity
Employee Stock Purchase Plan
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Paid Volunteer Time
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Recreational Clubs
Fitness Subsidies
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Diversity Program

Additional Perks + Benefits

Where you decide to build your career is one of the most important decisions you will make. Our hope is you see the value of building it here at West Monroe Partners. As a firm, we strive to provide a total rewards model that illustrates our commitment to our people and their growth, creating value today, tomorrow and well into the future.

We invest in you. At West Monroe Partners, we don't just give lip service to the philosophy that people matter. We invest in it, through an attractive package of rewards that promotes your health and well-being, your financial future, your development, and your satisfaction and enjoyment at work.

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