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Project Management Director - New Product Planning

Company: Lakeshore Learning Materials
Location: Carson
Posted on: May 12, 2022

Job Description:

Company Description
At Lakeshore, we create innovative learning materials and world-class guest experiences for teachers, parents and children. Since 1954, we've grown into a global community-with a thriving e-commerce business, multiple catalogs, 60+ retail stores, a peerless national sales force, plus international offices that support our preeminent supply chain division. But today we're working better, smarter and faster than ever-and setting our sights even higher. We're building an infrastructure designed for scalability, embracing data-driven decision-making and using technology to improve efficiency and ensure the best tools for the best work. Most importantly, we continue to invest in a diverse team of inquisitive top talent who fuel each other's passions and curiosity, take risks, try new things, and believe that every new day brings opportunities for growth.

Job Description
We're currently looking for a Project Management Director to join our Research, Design & Development (RD&D) team. In this role, you'll oversee the Planning team and partner with leadership to ensure the on-time delivery of products with a wide range of complexities-from idea to shipment. You will help create and maintain KPIs, improve processes between key stakeholders and drive team accountability to deliver the final project objectives. This role requires strong leadership skills-including the ability to influence and guide the team within a rapidly evolving and cross-functional environment. The successful candidate will be experienced and well-grounded in fundamental project management principles as they pertain to new product development.

A day at Lakeshore looks like this:
Providing project leadership by overseeing all projects in flight to ensure they are meeting deadlines and deliverables
Overseeing product planning; leading the team to develop and maintain product roadmaps by implementing best practices to ensure appropriate product strategies are defined and technical requirements are being met
Working across RD&D and other Creative teams to ensure resources are aligned to projects according to stakeholder priorities and that projects are being delivered to match stakeholder specifications
Managing and reporting on department product plans and/or risks; laying out multiyear development plans and identifying areas for further improvements
Continuously collaborating with business stakeholders to ensure alignment on strategic direction and to establish project priorities and delivery timelines
Applying project management principles, including analyzing performance and driving continuous improvement opportunities

Got the skills and experience? Here's what we're looking for:
Bachelor's degree
PMP certification is helpful but not required
8+ years of relevant Product Management experience
5+ years of experience as the leader of a department-wide strategy
Effective cross-functional leadership skills with the ability to work with a diverse group of stakeholders to organize, plan and prioritize work across the product team
Deep problem-solving experience and a talent for navigating ambiguity and influencing cross-functional managers
Ability to make sound judgments and maintain concern for details while working in a constantly changing, fast-paced environment
Detail-oriented mindset with a strong affinity for data and analytics to drive and support product- and business-level decisions in conjunction with leadership
Expertise in the application of project management software and the ability to utilize project and portfolio management systems
Proven record of building team relationships across multiple locations; the ability to stimulate, motivate and build effective interpersonal work relationships across all disciplines
Proven negotiation, issue resolution and team-building skills
Ability to manage and lead multiple projects and objectives, often with competitive and changing deadlines
Proven track record of organizational, prioritization and multitasking skills
Ability to identify and resolve project issues-including those related to timing, resources and cost-to prevent delays in project milestones
Exceptional written and verbal communication skills, including as it pertains to stakeholder management, facilitating and managing meetings, and facilitating team decision making
Ability to adapt to new processes and new ideas

And here's our end of the bargain!
Competitive compensation based on skills and experience, plus a bonus plan
Excellent medical/dental and vision coverage-EPO, PPO and HSA
401(k) retirement plan with company contribution (because you will retire someday)
Flexible benefits-choose what you like, ignore the rest
On-site preschool for our employees' children
On-site employee gym for all levels/fitness needs
Generous employee discount
Casual dress---and we really mean it
At Lakeshore, we know our diversity makes us stronger, and when everyone feels included and valued, we all win. We strive to embrace our differences and create an intentionally diverse and inclusive community that is representative of the teachers, families and children we serve.

We know we couldn't do the extraordinary things we're doing without the people on our team. Thanks to the passion and enthusiasm of this spectacular group, Lakeshore is more than a great place to work-it's a great experience to be part of. Day in and day out, we give everything we've got to create products that instill a sense of wonder and foster a true love of learning. To help maintain this high bar for success, we're constantly on the lookout for people to join us. So if you're a down-to-earth professional who shares our desire for making a difference, we'd love to hear from you.

To learn more about Lakeshore, visit

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy
People are selected to become members of the Lakeshore family based on skill, merit and mind-boggling talent-not based on race, color, creed, sexual orientation, gender or gender identity, marital status, domestic partnership status, military status, religion, age, national origin, ancestry, alienage, AIDS or AIDS-related complex status, genetic information, predisposition or carrier status, status as a victim of domestic violence, physical or mental disability, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. If things aren't equal, we all lose.

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