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Sr. Project Management Leader (Process Development)

Wyoming, MN
Posted on May 20, 2024 Full time R22987
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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 Product Development Excellence (PDE) PMO Team is responsible for leading transformational initiatives and other continuous improvement projects across Global Engineering.  The Sr. Project Management Leader is responsible for leading long-term, high-impact initiatives & projects within Engineering.  The ideal candidate is passionate about project management, process development, continuous improvement, and enjoys coaching others in the application of 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

  • Excellent project management and process mapping skills

  • 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, MS Project, SharePoint


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

  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in a business setting with strong process orientation skills & experience, with 4+ years of project management experience within product development &/or process development/implementation is required.

  • Proven experience as a subject-matter expert in either Lean &/or Continuous Improvement project management.

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


  • Hybrid working model

  • This position is not eligible for Sponsorship



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

At Polaris we put our employees first, by offering a holistic approach to their health and financial wellbeing.  Polaris is proud to offer competitive compensation, including a market-leading profit-sharing plan that is fundamental to our pay-for-performance culture. At Polaris, employees are owners of the company through company contributions to our Employee Stock Ownership Plan and discounted employee stock purchases plan. Employees receive a generous matching contribution to 401(k), financial wellness education and consultation to plan for their financial future. In addition to competitive pay, Polaris provides a comprehensive suite of benefits, including health, dental, and vision insurance, wellness programs, paid time off, gym & personal training reimbursement, life insurance and disability offerings.  Through the Polaris Foundation and our Polaris Gives paid volunteer time off, we support employees who actively volunteer their time, efforts, and passions to improve the health and wellbeing of the communities in which they live, play and work. Employees at Polaris drive our success and are rewarded for their commitment.

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. 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; military and commercial off-road vehicles; snowmobiles; Indian Motorcycle® mid-size and heavyweight motorcycles; Slingshot® moto-roadsters; Aixam quadricycles; Goupil electric vehicles; and pontoon and deck boats, including industry-leading Bennington pontoons. Polaris enhances the riding experience with a robust portfolio of parts, garments, and accessories. 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.