Project Manager
Milwaukee, WI 
Posted 13 days ago
Job Description
A.O. Smith / Milwaukee, WI

Why A. O. Smith?

Water technology is one of the fastest-growing industries in the world, and, as a leading global water technology company, A. O. Smith Corporation is at the center of the trend. We are a $3billion company with 144-year history and employ more than 16,000 men and women. With manufacturing operations in the United States, Canada, Mexico, China, India, and Europe, A. O. Smith has the global reach to serve customers worldwide. We have sales and distribution in more than 60 countries around the world. A. O. Smith is committed to continuous improvement, not just in its factories and its processes, but in its people. We value people who are able to analyze problems and take rapid, decisive action.

What is great about this opportunity?

  • You will be joining a stable, but growing organization committed to strong financial performance, strategic acquisitions, global expansion and the highest ethical standards of conduct.
  • You will be representing a company that makes products that improve quality of life and are considered top of the line.
  • You will be joining a cohesive team that supports each other in accomplishing shared goals.

This role is eligible for a remote work schedule of up to two days remote work per week. New employees are eligible to apply after successfully completing their initial 90 daysof employment and training.

What You Will Do

As the Project Manager, you will leadnew product development in the lean methodology. You will work cross-functionally throughout the organization to successfully develop and launch consumer focused products profitability for the business.

What You Will Be Responsible For
  • Provides project management for new product development and technology projects using the A. O. Smith lean product development methodology and process
  • Become a coach and a subject matter expert in lean product development for A. O. Smith and works across segments to facilitate the knowledge and adoption of the process through coaching, mentoring and advising
  • Works with Product Managers, Product Engineers, and other key stakeholders to facilitate projects through the new product development lean process including scope, develop and implement.
  • Manage the Project Charter to define the project scope, resource needs, specific milestones and tasks, associated effort estimates, project assumptions, expected risks and a communication plan for reporting progress.
  • Manages work activities of geographically dispersed cross-functional teams, create project plan, facilitate the plan and work (monitor and adjust), manage project risks, is accountable to leadership team and closes project by delivering products that meet the value proposition and benefit the company
  • Coordinates the project plan activities including daily huddles, Andon's, knowledge gaps, manages use of technology tools to facilitate work, the lead process and communication as well as lead the team through integration events to bring the larger cross-functional teams together in alignment
  • Manages a communication plan to include a project team kickoff meeting, escalation plan and weekly progress reporting. Escalates quickly when issues cannot be resolved at the project team level.
  • Ensures project deliverables are completed on time and are of high quality, including business requirements and approval, and reports status to stakeholders in a timely manner.
What You Will Bring
  • Bachelor's degree, preferably in engineering, technology or business-related field
  • Minimum of 5years of relevant experience
  • Strong leadership and coaching skills
  • Positive organization and communication skills with the ability to clearly articulate project information to the Project, Business and Executive Team
  • Knowledge of project management in a manufacturing environment preferablywith familiarity with lean methodologies
  • Ability to use critical thinking skills to solve problems
What We Offer

Competitivecompensation packageand comprehensive benefits plans which include medical and dental insurance, company-sponsored life insurance, retirement security savings plan, short- and long-term disability programs, and tuition assistance. Other perks include employee discounts on water filtration products and a business casual dress-code.This role is eligible for a remote work schedule of up to two days remote work per week. New employees are eligible to apply after successfully completing their initial 90 daysof employment and training.

A. O. Smith values employee excellence. In our employment practices, we will not discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, marital status, disability, or other legally protected status. We operate in a global environment and will strive to create a workplace where men and women from diverse backgrounds can thrive and achieve their fullest potential.


Job Summary
Start Date
As soon as possible
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Full Time
Required Education
Bachelor's Degree
Required Experience
5+ years
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