Global Consumer Design Project Leader

Date: Jan 14, 2022

Location: Biandronno, VA, IT, 21024

Company: Whirlpool Corporation

Requisition ID: 49660 


Whirlpool Corporation (NYSE: WHR) is committed to being the best global kitchen and laundry company, in constant pursuit of improving life at home. In an increasingly digital world, the company is driving purposeful innovation to meet the evolving needs of consumers through its iconic brand portfolio, including Whirlpool, KitchenAid, Maytag, Consul, Brastemp, Amana, Bauknecht, JennAir, Indesit and Yummly. In 2020, the company reported approximately $19 billion in annual sales, 78,000 employees and 57 manufacturing and technology research centers. 


Whirlpool Corporation is consistently recognized by FORTUNE as one of the World’s Most Admired Companies. Our values are the driving force behind everything we do. Integrity, Respect, Inclusion & Diversity, One Whirlpool, and Spirit of Winning propel our teams to excellence. Get to know us and see what it's like to be part of a company that is in constant pursuit of improving life at home.



The team you will be a part of

The Product Design team designs, validates and brings new products to market.; designs, tests and integrates components to produce final designs; and evaluates the design's overall effectiveness, cost, reliability and safety. Collaborates with internal partners to optimize designs for manufacturability. Uses CAD/CAE systems to model new designs and produce detailed engineering drawings.

This role in summary

Currently, we are seeking qualified candidates for a Project leader opening to join our Global Consumer Design organization. 
As a GCD Project Leader, you will support GCD’s activities in creating the customer experience for the next generation of home appliances.  Support GCD’s integration into cross functional teams, Working collaboratively  within the organization to hold GCD accountable to deliver our aesthetic and product experience direction on all aspects of multiple projects including scope management, time management, cost management, quality etc. to ensure a successful project delivery.  

Your responsibilities will include

  • Support & Lead projects using the Whirlpool Product Development (WPD) System, for Production Development Projects (PDP) & Advanced Development Projects (ADP)
  • Provide project governance to deliver sustainable product leadership
  • Integrate GCD voice in the entire project lifecycle: initiating, planning, executing, monitoring & controlling, and closing.
  • Engage project sponsors and key stakeholders for scope alignment and change management. 
  • Provide continuous project status and insights (resources & budget) to sponsors and other key stakeholders with recommendations to resolve issues and mitigate risks.
  • Support & Lead cross functional teams in project activities through weekly core team meetings, 1:1 interactions and other communications
  • Establish strong relationships, build a deep understanding of the enterprise strategies and objectives
  • Discover, evaluate and implement process improvements based on industry standards
  • Ensure process compliance, Conduct training / workshops to help team's adherence to process protocols 
  • Other tasks as needed to support the development and implementation of project management in line with the WPD System including related processes and tools.
  • Manage and ensure company assets are being deployed in accordance with policy and project deliverables
  • Protect and secure intellectual property controls within the initiatives under control of this position

Minimum requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • 5+ years of experience in a product development role
  • 3+ years of experience as a Project Manager
  • Experience leading and driving projects; risk management, cost delivery, financial planning, and analysis experience
  • Experience with Product Development process and Planning

Preferred skills and experiences

  • Bachelor's Degree in Engineering or Business
  • Masters Degree in Engineering or MBA
  • Project management expertise, ideally PMI certification and practical experience
  • Process/Lean Process Experience, Drive continuous improvement of the planning process.
  • Strategic thinker with strong analytical skills and the ability to connect disparate data sources into a straightforward, insightful story
  • Adapt and re-prioritize activities in a rapidly changing environment
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills to interact with all levels of the organization across, finance, procurement, human resources and engineering, influence change within the organization
  • 3+ years experience as a Project Manager in a Industrial Design department
  • Experience in a multinational corporation

What we offer

  • Work in a well structured and consolidated team.
  • International environment and global career opportunities.
  • Opportunity to have a great impact on company development.
  • Great team spirit and atmosphere.
  • Agile working


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