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Senior Project Manager - IT

Information Technology


Location: Brea HQ 

Exemption: Exempt 



Ventura Foods is a leading global manufacturer of branded and custom food products that can be found at national and regional restaurants, hospitals and universities, movie theatres and major retailers in the U.S. and in more than 60 countries. At 15 manufacturing sites across North America, Ventura Foods creates dressings and sauces, mayonnaises, margarines, and oils that help our customers create great-tasting flavors with high-quality ingredients. Those same high-quality ingredients go into our own set of branded products, such as: Marie’s® dressings, LouAna® oils, Dean’s® dips and Gold n’ Soft® spreads. Our company is headquartered in Brea, California with operations across the U.S, Canada, Mexico, the Philippines and Singapore. Regardless of your role, function or location, at Ventura Foods, you'll be part of a supportive team dedicated to helping our customers delight their customers.

Position Summary:

The Sr. Project Manager must maintain complete control of project schedules, budgets, risks and issues. They must facilitate timely decisions to maintain project schedule and budget. They provide management with regular project updates, maintain trusting relationships, identify project risks early and assist by providing prudent and timely recommendations for risk avoidance. Mentor other project managers and evangelize our project management methodology.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

Manage enterprise Information Technology projects:
 - Creates and executes project work plans and revises as appropriate to meet changing needs and requirements
- Identifies resources needed
- Manages day-to-day operational aspects of a project and scope
- Reviews deliverables prepared by team for quality assurance
- Effectively applies our methodology and enforces project standards
- Prepares for engagement reviews and quality assurance procedures
- Minimizes exposure and risk on project
- Ensures project documents are complete, current, and stored appropriately
- Tracks and reports team hours and expenses on a weekly basis
- Manages project budget

Business Relationship Management:
- Manages day-to-day business interaction
- Sets and manages business expectations
- Develops lasting relationships with business personnel
- Communicates effectively with business to identify needs and evaluate alternative business solutions
- Continually seeks opportunities to increase customer satisfaction and deepen business relationships
- Builds a knowledge base of all business organization and objectives

Excellent abilities in public communications and consensus building:
- Facilitates team and business meetings effectively
- Holds regular status meetings with project team
- Effectively communicates relevant project information to leaders
- Delivers engaging, informative, well-organized presentations
- Resolves and/or escalates issues in a timely fashion
- Understands how to communicate difficult/sensitive information tactfully.

Education and Experience:

A minimum of ten (10) years’ experience managing enterprise technology projects, initiatives and implementations.
Proven prior experience performing in a project management role for multiple enterprise class efforts.
PMI or other project management experience and certifications are a plus.

Knowledge and Skills:

General understanding of information technology environments including infrastructure, systems and application software is highly desirable.
Excellent ability to work in a team environment.
Excellent organizational skills.
Proven multi-tasking experience with a strong capability in dealing with ambguity.
Proficiency in computer applications such as Microsoft Word, Excel, Project and – PowerPoint.
Proficiency in Microsoft Project.


Ventura Foods is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.

Nearest Major Market: Orange County
Nearest Secondary Market: Los Angeles

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