IT Project Manager in Wayzata, MN at Apex Life Sciences

Date Posted: 4/4/2018

Job Snapshot

Job Description

Program / Project Manager 

Wayzata, MN 

Duration: 6 months 
Hours: M-F 8-5p - flexible

PM for Learning and Development – focused on several projects around the implementation of learning for operational and functional areas


  • As a member of the Global Talent & Performance COE (T&PCOE) team, this position is responsible for leading the execution of strategic global programs and projects within the COE’s portfolio. This position will work with the COE Portfolio/Performance Lead role to understand project priorities and construct programs based on interdependencies between and among multiple related projects. 
  • Candidates for this position are expected to have experience managing large, global projects, typically with total project spend between $500K -$5M. The candidate will utilize PPM best practices to ensure the projects produce the desired outcomes on-time and within budget. 
  • This position requires a strong leader who can partner and communicate effectively with all levels of the organization globally. This position effectively and efficiently integrates and manages information from multiple areas across HR and key strategic partners such as Finance and Internal Communications 
  • The person in this position is expected have expertise in portfolio, program, and project management disciplines (methodologies, tools and processes). Program management skills, in particular, will be needed to assist project teams in identifying and managing complex interdependencies across a broadly defined portfolio of global projects. It is preferred that the candidate have a working knowledge in HR talent practices including, but not limited to talent acquisition and inclusion and diversity, talent management, performance management, learning and development, organization development. 

Program and Project Management Leadership - 75% 

  • Ensure Talent/Performance COE Leadership Team alignment and effectiveness to deliver on COE strategic priorities and HR goals. 
  • Leads strategic, global programs and projects for T&P COE. 
  • Able to lead project planning exercises and mentor project leaders on development of adequate project plans 
  • Assists project teams with the identification and management of complex interdependencies across a portfolio of related projects 
  • Leads project reviews utilizing expert knowledge of project management methodologies, tools and processes. 
  • Develop strong relationships with various stakeholders, collect key information, elevate important issues/topics and advise the COE LT on potential strategies to resolve issues and how to best communicate strategies to the various audiences. 
  • Accountable for providing project sponsors and stakeholders with project status, actively communicating issues and threats, and ensuring that leadership alignment is a priority. 
  • Ensure successful completion of all project phases and closure of all aspects of the project. 
  • Identify risks, barriers and challenges for successful CCE work within COE and the impact on the broader HR organization, determine alternatives and implement the changes by partnering with HR Transformation team.


  • As a leader, champion and build the HR culture that creates competitive advantage for the business and brings to life the HR Strategy 


Essential Position Requirements: 

  • Ability to travel as required, up to 25%, within region as well as internationally when needed - Please note: Ideally contractors will not be traveling. This would be the last alternative. So far, no contractors have needed to travel. 
  • Education: Bachelor’s degree or equivalent practical experience 

Experience Requirements

  • 10+ years of strategic program and project management experience 
  • Demonstrated strong business acumen and budget management experience which includes developing and analyzing business cases to ensure a value-added solution 
  • Strong drive for results with results/outcome focus 
  • Experience anticipating issues, problem solving and implementing solutions, including referring critical issues to the appropriate level of management, and improving efficiency, quality, cost and productivity 
  • Demonstrated ability to build strong client relationships and influence key stakeholders 
  • Ability to work independently and handle multiple priorities simultaneously 
  • Experience in facilitating and leading teams (direct or virtual) 
  • Experience with driving continuous improvement within an organization by using data and metrics to monitor and improve
  • Demonstrated experience participating and leading change efforts characterized by effective communications, strong partnerships with leaders and strong employee engagement. 
  • Demonstrated success in building strong relationships and ability to influence across multiple stakeholders, functions and cross functional teams. 


  • Demonstrated expert-level program and project management capabilities. Keen project management skills and ability to track and coordinate competing priorities and work streams across a complex, global initiative. 
  • Strong leadership, stakeholder management and communication skills - ability to thrive as part of a regional and global team 
  • 5+ years of HR and/or relevant business experience, preferred 
  • Strong analytical and measurement skills 
  • Proven consulting capability and skills that drive high performance 
  • Independent thinker and problem solver 
  • Strong influencing skills and negotiation skills 
  • Strong communication skills (verbal/written/using technology related communications/able to manage a regional or global call and presentation to a satisfactory conclusion) 
  • Skilled in change and conflict management 
  • Demonstrated understanding of evolving HR landscape and demonstrated capability of leading organizational change efforts 
  • Ability to operate at both the strategic and tactical level 
  • Strong HR knowledge and practical business acumen 
  • Strong drive for results with practical, result and outcome focus 
  • Ability to operate at both the strategic and tactical level 
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities, work with senior leaders and deliver results. 
  • Ability to synthesize information from multiple channels and stakeholders and provide solution-based recommendations 

Preferred Education and Experience: 

  • MBA or post-graduate degree in applicable field 
  • Project Management Institute (PMI) certification or equivalent – Preferred. 
  • Project management experience in Human Resources 
  • Experience with PPM Framework

EEO Employer

Apex is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Apex will consider qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable law. If you have visited our website in search of information on employment opportunities or to apply for a position, and you require an accommodation in using our website for a search or application, please contact our Employee Services Department at or 844-463-6178.