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Sr Project Manager, Strategic Projects - Jerome Ave

Job Title
Sr Project Manager, Strategic Projects - Jerome Ave
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Chattanooga,  TN
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Astec is a global, environmentally focused infrastructure and manufacturing company of asphalt road building and aggregate processing. Our mission is to design and build the most innovative products for the industries we serve. Leveraging innovative solutions and technologies, we serve customers all over the world.

As the Strategic Project Manager, you will be responsible for leading high-impact initiatives with a focus on development and achievement of cross-functional organizational strategic objectives. This position will develop program / project plans, budgets, generate risk assessments, and provide project leadership to ensure success of the Astec strategic plan. The Strategic Project Manager will manage multiple projects of varying size simultaneously, and their respective project teams. This role will manage all aspects of multiple related projects to ensure the overall program is aligned to and directly supports the achievement of strategic objectives.
Key Activities & Responsibilities
  • Guide and support the Senior Leadership Team (SLT) members in the development and management of Strategic Business Plans (SBP) and associated projects. 
  • Ensures that projects are proceeding according to milestones, meeting targets and expectations, and adhering to established operating parameters; negotiates changes in project resources and focus as necessary to achieve objectives and timelines.
  • Responsible for the development of KPIs to facilitate analysis and reporting of performance against budgets, plans, and strategic objectives.
  • Support the Group President and SLT as a subject matter expert in the areas of project planning, Project Management, and strategy execution.  Embrace, train, and lead others in Project Management Methodology.
  • Organize cross-functional input (ex., Engineering, Finance, Operations, Sales, Marketing) for all strategic projects, ensuring key stakeholders have alignment and agreement on the strategic plan.
  • Knowledge in, and experience with Hoshin Kanri strategy development, X-Matrix, and similar strategy deployment tools and methodologies.
  • Develop and execute cadenced project communications (project status, action items, achievements, risks) to ensure transparency of, and accountability to, the project plans.
  • Lead the development and ongoing management of the site and group level Strategic Program (Project) Management portfolio.  Facilitate and implement project rankings systems based on identified business criteria. 
  • Commitment to consistently adhere to Astec’s core values, mission statement and vision statement.

To be successful in this role, your experience and competencies are:
  • Requires a bachelor’s degree in an Operations, Engineering, or other technical discipline and 10+ years of directly related experience.  A Master’s Degree in business is highly desirable.
  • Expert level of Project Management tools and techniques; Current PMI certification highly desirable (PMP, OTI, PgMP, SCRUM).
  • Superior analytical, problem identification, and problem resolution skills.
  • Experience in Organizational Change Management (OCM).
  • Ability to have critical conversations with, and hold accountable, senior members of the management staff.  Comfortable challenging all levels of the organization in the best interests of Astec.
  • Varied exposure and understanding of cross-financial business processes in the areas of Operations, Engineering, Sales, and Product Management.
  • Knowledge in, and experience with Hoshin Kanri strategy development, X-Matrix, and similar strategy tools.
  • Experience with and demonstrated success in project delivery and use of Project Management tools and Methodologies.
  • Experience in forging strong partnerships throughout the organization, influencing leaders, and supporting and training teams without direct authority.
  • Strong understanding of milestone management and ability to set expectations to the organization.
  • Previous experience working within or leading a Project Management Office (PMO) is desired, but not required.
  • Ability to bring together cross-functional groups and gain consensus.
  • Strong verbal, written and presentation skills, as well as the ability to effectively communicate with all types of staff, including technical, professional, and Executive Management.
  • Flexibility to rapidly adjust to shifting priorities and deadlines.
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
  • Must be able to solve problems at both a strategic and functional level.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and communication skills are required.
  • Ability to effectively speak publicly and make presentations is required.

Supervisor and Leadership Expectations

Our Culture and Values
Employees that become part of Astec embody the values below throughout their work.
  • Continuous devotion to meeting the needs of our customers
  • Honesty and integrity in all aspects of business
  • Respect for all individuals
  • Preserving entrepreneurial spirit and innovation
  • Safety, quality and productivity as means to ensure success


Manufacturing Environment
Shop manufacturing environment exposures include exposure to moving mechanical parts, machinery, tools and equipment, vibration, fumes or airborne particles, motorized vehicles, welding and machining operations, outside weather conditions and exposure to the risk of electric shock.  The employee may occasionally be exposed to varying levels of dirt, dust, toxic or caustic chemicals, very warm and/or very chilly temperatures.  The noise level in the shop can be very loud at times consistent with an industrial assembly facility and may require hearing protection. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, Astec does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, gender (sex), sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, citizenship status, a person’s veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law or executive order.


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