Project Mgr, Agile Delivery, Zoro Tools

| Northwest Suburbs

Company Summary: In the past seven years, Zoro has grown from a group of 6 people working out of a 2,000 square foot building, offering fewer than 100,000 products to a group of 250+ working out of a 60,000+ square foot building, offering more than 2,000,000 unique products.

Primary Function:

The Project Manager – Agile Delivery is part of Zoro’s PMO team and will work closely with other project managers and business owners here at Zoro to plan and deliver valuable initiatives. The main responsibilities of this individual will be to fulfill the Scrum Master role on an agile delivery team as well as assist Product Owners and Program Managers with overall planning, management, and completion of other assigned technical and non-technical tasks and initiatives. Must be familiar with SDLC and Agile methods, be able to execute under pressure, think outside of the box and adapt to frequently changing environment and priorities. This Project Manager is a collaborative professional who relies on their ability to successfully lead a team without direct authority. Ultimately, the Project Manager – Agile Delivery is responsible for the successful and coordinated delivery of a project backlog, release planning and continuous improvement as prescribed by current industry Lean/Agile and Project Management best practices.

Working closely with product and engineering he/she will help manage the entire scope and timeline of each project they will assist product owners in the generation and maintenance of a healthy backlog and assist in the coordination and communication of the product roadmap and its delivery. This Project Manager will guide the team to set achievable goals that are delivered with quality and align with our larger business goals.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provides overall leadership and support to a project/product team. Acts as front-line contact on project related activities, issues, and risks.
  • Help foster transparency across the organization by ensuring that there is good communication flow both internally within the development teams and externally amongst other relevant stakeholders in the company.
  • Ability to identify business needs & innovation that align with the overall company goals
  • Contributes to the determination of project scope, resource requirements, skill requirements, project milestones, risks and release plan
  • Responsible for facilitation of agile ceremonies
  • Responsible for project administration in Jira
  • Monitors, documents and communicates project status; anticipates problems and resolves them or escalates them to the appropriate level of management to ensure proper project completion that maximizes value delivery
  • Provides proper level of guidance through team development stages
  • Identifies and removes barriers that impede the team’s ability to make progress on their project
  • Manages and enables communication amongst team members, functional departments, business sponsor, and the supporting project office.

    Qualifications:

  • Strong knowledge and experience of agile delivery and project management concepts and procedures.
  • Demonstrates the Zoro Values of Transparency, Ownership, Winning and Losing Together, and Customer Obsession.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively manage a variety of strategic and tactical projects.
  • Must be an intelligent, articulate and persuasive team member who can work with all types of stakeholders and is able to communicate concepts to a broad range of business and technical staff.
  • Must be able to perform under pressure.
  • Must be able to effectively manage change.
  • Ability to build strong interpersonal relationships with Customer Service, UX/UI team, QA, developers, and other internal and external stakeholders.
  • Ability to give clear and consistent communication of an initiative to technical teams and stakeholders.
  • Proficient with version control and change management processes, policies, and principles.
  • Exceptional writing proficiency and oral presentation skills.
  • Ability to develop, lead and motivate cross-functional working teams.
  • Excellent problem solving and decision-making skills.
  • Excellent analytical skills and proven ability to understand and clearly explain technology.
  • Bachelor’s Degree with a major in Information Systems, Computer Science, Business Management or Management Information Systems is required. Master’s degree would be a plus.
  • Four (4) years of full-time experience managing project/product delivery in an agile environment
  • Agile certification is required – CSM, CSPO, PMI-ACP or other.
  • PMP certification is a plus
  • Advanced experience with Atlassian tools – Jira, Confluence, Service Desk
  • Advanced experience with Microsoft Desktop Software – Windows, Project, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

Zoro is an Equal Opportunity Workplace and an Affirmative Action Employer.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.

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Technology we use

  • Engineering
  • Product
    • PythonLanguages
    • DjangoFrameworks
    • Google AnalyticsAnalytics
    • JIRAManagement

Location

One office is in River North (Chicago), a community blossoming with culture and nightlife, and the other is in the northern suburb of Buffalo Grove.

An Insider's view of Zoro

How would you describe the company’s work-life balance?

We are driven and work hard, because we are growing like crazy! We are in this together because we want to be, not because we have to. On the flip side, I've never missed one of my kid's ball games, concerts, parent-teacher conferences, and when I take a vacation, I'm actually allowed to take it (of course, I'm available if you need me, team)! :-)

Adam

HR Leader

What are Zoro Perks + Benefits

Zoro Benefits Overview

Very competitive package - beyond your base salary, we offer bonuses, a 401(k) match and additional 401(k) incentive contribution, a full-scope of medical/dental/vision/life insurance benefits, voluntary benefits, shuttle service, a bunch of free food (free coffee, soft drinks, snacks, and free meals from time-to-time). Our North Suburb office has a subsidized cafe inside our offices that is a breakfast/lunch spot and coffee bar, in addition to a game room, recreation area and a rock room... yes a rock room... bring your axe and rock out on a break!

Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Pet Insurance
Optional Voluntary Benefit
Wellness Programs
Discount partnership with Sky Fitness.
Onsite Gym
Buffalo Grove equipped with workout bench, dumbells, free weights, a basketball court, badminton court, ping pong, air hockey, bags, golf net, outdoor volleyball, and we've even played quiddich!
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
401(K) Matching
3.5% contribution by Zoro on a bi-weekly basis (whether you contribute or not). Additional 3.5% target contribution based on annual company performance.
Employee Stock Purchase Plan
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Family Medical Leave
Adoption Assistance
We've won a Dave Thomas award for having a solid adoption assistance program - that's pretty cool!
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Starting at 18 days per year with carryover option of up to 5 days.
Paid Volunteer Time
We like to give back to the local community. We have team builders focused on helping a variety of philanthropic organizations.
Paid Holidays
Zoro offers all employees paid time off to observe all major holidays.
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
We feature a range from shorts and t-shirts to those who embrace "Tie Tuesdays". Wear what makes you comfortable, but you may want to clean it up if you have an important customer in town!
Commuter Benefits
In our North Suburb office, we feature shuttle service to/from Buffalo Grove, Highland Park, and Deerfield stops. Also a commuter benefit program available as a voluntary benefit.
Company Outings
We've done many of these. From ball games to luaus to olympics to the zoo - Zoro finds ways to treat employees to lots of fun.
Game Room
Basketball, bags, driving range net, ping pong, badminton, video games, music room... we even played quiddich in our warehouse for our Harry Potter-themed Halloween event!
Stocked Kitchen
All offices feature coffee, soft drinks, sparkling water, tea, popcorn machine, random snacking opportunities, as well as an on-site cafe in our North Suburb office.
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Sometimes happy hours provided by the company, but many team members get together outside of work because they want to, not because they have to!
Parking
Recreational Clubs
Softball, bowling, and dragon boat racing team... yes, dragon boat racing!
Fitness Subsidies
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Tuition Reimbursement
Diversity Program
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