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Sr. Project Management Leader

Wyoming, MN
Posted on Nov 4, 2022 Full time R15044
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At Polaris Inc., we have fun doing what we love by driving change and innovation. We empower employees to take on challenging assignments and roles with an elevated level of responsibility in our agile working environment. Our people make us who we are, and we create incredible products and experiences that empower us to THINK OUTSIDE.


The Program Excellence Team is responsible for developing and implementing processes and tools to improve PDP execution at the project, program, and portfolio level within Off-Road Engineering.  The Program Excellence Sr. Project Management Leader is responsible for leading long-term, high-impact initiatives within Off-Road Engineering.  The ideal candidate is passionate about project management and continuous improvement, and enjoys coaching others in the application of project management/continuous improvement best practices.  This person also enjoys taking complex problems and determining what project management approach to apply in order to gain team and stakeholder alignment in executing the solution. 


  • Facilitate framing of larger process development programs to assist sponsor/project owner with defining scope, structure, metrics, governance, approach, and timing 

  • Lead development & execution of schedule, scope, communications, and risk management with project teams across multiple projects involving long-range or complex business objectives. 

  • Facilitate workshops, including process mapping, for in-person and hybrid teams. 

  • Lead and coach other project management leaders in the facilitation of process mapping and project planning. 

  • Work closely with other Project Management Leaders, Program Managers, Portfolio Manager, and other sponsors/stakeholders to ensure all aspects of the project are successfully completed 

  • Identify and resolve, with the team, any potential deviations from the approved project plan. Manage the critical path to achieve agreed-upon milestones on time. 

  • Identify & resolve/escalate project issues/risks to minimize impact to schedule and/or budget.  Identify potential solutions to resource constraints within and between projects.  Drive prioritization discussions. 

  • Develop and drive adoption of project management best practices across teams including Gantt charts, key milestones, project charters, action/risk registers, etc. 

  • Facilitate identification and sharing of lessons learned & best practices across teams. 

  • Define and track metrics. Regularly communicate and report out on project status and key milestones. 

  • Serve as subject matter expert for other Project Management Leaders 

  • Other duties as assigned 


  • Strong communication skills (written and oral) including facilitation and presentation skills, including at the executive level 

  • Strong understanding of Polaris PDM/PLM, CAD/BOM release process, including BOM creation/maintenance, effectivity date tracking, and working with Manufacturing BOMs (multi-site) 

  • Excellent project planning, execution, organizing and administrative skills with strong attention to detail.    

  • Proven track record of achieving project deliverables 

  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks and deadlines 

  • Ability to lead change and motivate others at all levels within the organization 

  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to influence others without direct authority 

  • Effective decision-making, problem solving and negotiating skills 

  • Ability to work effectively within tight deadlines and firm schedules 

  • Ability to embrace a rapidly changing environment and operate throughout ambiguous situations 

  • Self-directed with strong personal initiative 

  • Professionalism and strong customer service skills 

  • Proficient MS Excel, PowerPoint, Project, SharePoint, AS400, Creo, Windchill, PRS (Polaris Release Process) 


  • Bachelor’s degree in Project Management, Business, or related field 

  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in a business setting with strong process orientation, with 4 years of project management experience, including Polaris product development and BOM management. 

  • Subject-matter expert in project management and use of project management tools 

  • Project Management Certification (PMP or similar) or Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Certification preferred 

We are an ambitious, resourceful, and driven workforce, which empowers us to THINK OUTSIDE.  Apply today!

About Polaris

As the global leader in Powersports, Polaris Inc. (NYSE: PII) pioneers product breakthroughs and enriching experiences and services that have invited people to discover the joy of being outdoors since our founding in 1954. With annual 2021 sales of $8.2 billion, Polaris’ high-quality product line-up includes the Polaris RANGER®, RZR® and Polaris GENERAL™ side-by-side off-road vehicles; Sportsman® all-terrain off-road vehicles; Indian Motorcycle® midsize and heavyweight motorcycles; Slingshot® moto-roadsters; snowmobiles; and deck, cruiser and pontoon boats, including industry-leading Bennington pontoons. Polaris enhances the riding experience with parts, garments, and accessories, along with a growing aftermarket portfolio. Polaris’ presence in adjacent markets includes military and commercial off-road vehicles, quadricycles, and electric vehicles. Proudly headquartered in Minnesota, Polaris serves more than 100 countries across the globe.

EEO Statement

Polaris is an Equal Opportunity Employer and will make all employment-related decisions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, marital status, familial status, status with regard to public assistance, membership or activity in a local commission, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable law.