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2023 Graduate Program North America - Project Management Office (PMO)

Requisition ID 41851
Position Type Kerry Graduate
Posting Type LI

How often can you find a multi-billion-dollar company that offers you flexibility to change in your career as your interests change? You just did. Kerry's unique culture and commitment to change in the food, beverage, and pharma industries offers support and opportunities as your interests and need to explore grow. If fast-paced, entrepreneurial, and global opportunities appeal to you, then introduce yourself!

About Kerry 

Kerry is the world’s leading taste and nutrition partner for the food, beverage and pharmaceutical industries. We innovate with our customers to create great tasting products, with improved nutrition and functionality, while ensuring better impact for the planet. Our leading and proprietary consumer insights, global RD&A team of 1,000+ food scientists and local manufacturing footprint in 31 countries enable us to co-create with our customers across over 150 countries.  At Kerry, we are driven to be our customers’ most valued partner, creating a world of sustainable nutrition, and will reach over 2 billion consumers with sustainable nutrition solutions by 2030. 


PMO Overview 

Plan and implement projects (or workstreams within larger projects) in accordance with the Kerry project management methodology, to ensure successful completion as measured by time, cost and quality. The project manager will agree clarity on scope and expected deliverables with a Business Executive or Functional Leadership Team (project sponsor) and report back routinely to this person/team on project progress and status.  Work in the PMO core team and will be supported / coached by the broader PMO team as required. 


Key Responsibilities 

What you'll do 

  • Facilitate the definition of project scope, goals, objectives, deliverables and success criteria  

  • Lead the development of project plans to identify project tasks, deliverables, milestones, and resourcing requirements 

  • Develop and/or review estimates and estimating assumptions for the project’s schedule, effort, and cost using established estimating models, best practices, and past experience  

  • In conjunction with the project sponsor - define team member roles and expectations. Ensure that project resources receive any necessary training and are used effectively 

  • Monitor progress against agreed milestones and provide regular updates to all stakeholders. Balance scope, schedule, budget, quality, and risks and make adjustments as necessary 

  • Manage risks and issues ensuring that each risk/issue has an owner, clearly defined impact, and mitigating actions (as required) 

  • Ensure appropriate escalation of issues to stakeholders or wider project team 

  • Ensure project control documentation is in place. Review and manage all changes to the requirements through a formally defined scope change process 

  • Build and manage relationships with stakeholders and coordinate work between different teams at different locations  

  • Deliver project outcomes to meet the defined success criteria 

  • Define and drive "rightsized" project management processes for each project, leveraging the Project Management Office Playbook Methodology 

  • Play a proactive role in the promotion and development of project management PMO methods and standards, implementation of good project management practice 

  • Actively live the Kerry values of Courage, Ownership, Inclusiveness, Open-mindedness, & Enterprising Spirit 


Qualifications and Skills 

What you'll need to be successful 

  • A Bachelor’s Degree Bachelor’s degree from a four-year accredited college or university in Business, Engineering, Leadership, Management or equivalent 

  • A ‘foundation’ Project Management or equivalent certification PMP preferred (not required) 

  • Identifiable capability for problem solving, decision making, sound judgement, assertiveness 

  • Strong interpersonal skills with the proven ability to communicate effectively to all levels of an organization 

  • Strong presentation skills 

  • Flexible and adaptable with excellent ability to work cross functionally within an organization 

  • Ability to positively challenge 

  • A curious mindset 

  • Minimum 3.25 GPA 


Kerry is an equal opportunity employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age disability, protected veteran status or other characteristics protected by law. Kerry will only employ those who are legally authorized to work in the United States for this opening. Any offer of employment is conditional upon the successful completion of a background investigation and drug screen. EEO is the Law poster can be found here. Additional information can also be here.

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