Project Manager Innovation (m/f/d)

Project Manager Innovation (m/f/d)

Field of Work:  IT
Location: 

Berlin, Berlin, DE

ID:  258

We are seeking a Project Manager II (PM II) (m/f/d) to join our Digital Innovation Accelerator (DIA) Team based in Berlin. The Digital Innovation Accelerator (DIA) is a team within KWS that operates as a “speedboat” to identify and test new digital technologies that could benefit the company.  Current and past projects include robotics, machine learning, cloud computing, and blockchain transfer systems. As Project Manager II (PM II) for the Digital Innovation Accelerator (DIA) you will independently lead teams to test innovative technologies in a KWS environment, with the goal of integrating the best tools into KWS to secure the company’s position as a global leader in the future of agriculture.  You will be joining a global team with offices in St. Louis, USA and Berlin, Germany. In this role you will be holding the senior position among the team that is located full-time in Berlin and will also act as the on-site leader of the Berlin team.  You will be in close communication with the DIA Head, making strong, independent decisions for the local team at the same time. You will represent the DIA in the Corporate offices in Einbeck, Germany serving as an enthusiastic and articulate voice for the DIA among Corporate stakeholders.     

This is a full time - permanent job with an unlimited contract.

Your tasks:

  • Provide leadership to the German DIA team.
  • Represent the DIA to Corporate stakeholders.
  • Interface on a near-daily basis with global DIA team, particularly with the DIA Head.
  • Travel, both locally and internationally.
  • Project evaluation and selection focused on potential value / Return on Investment.
  • Prepare written Project Proposals and full Project Plans to delineate responsibilities, deliverables, timelines, and budgets.
  • Organize teams of external technology providers and internal users to execute on Project Plans.
  • Identify, hire, and manage external consultants, software engineers, and temporary workers to support Projects.
  • Identify internal technology champions and stakeholders and align Project Plan and execution with their input.
  • Deliver written Project Reports on completed Projects and prepare KWS corporate users to integrate and expand on the use of the new technologies.
  • Independent leadership.
  • Ability to influence stakeholders and advocate on behalf of the DIA.
  • Continuous contribution to DIA project tracking and reporting database.
  • Careful and safe behavior with polite and collaborative attitude.
  • Ability to bring energy and enthusiasm around digital innovation to project teams and broader KWS community.
  • Service- and team-oriented thinking.
  • Fast and solution-oriented acting.

Your profile:

  • Advanced Degree in a technical field associated with Agriculture or Information Technology.
  • 5+ years of experience in project management roles.
  • Strong organizational and facilitation skills.
  • Stakeholder engagement.
  • Negotiation & communication skills.
  • Curiosity and enthusiasm to understand wide varieties of conceptual technology.
  • Excellent communication skills for both technical and non-technical audiences.
  • Customer- and service-oriented behavior.
  • Open mind and respect towards others.
  • Friendly, polite and competent.
  • Excellent English speaking and writing.
  • Training and experience in business analysis.
  • Experience with data-driven decision making.
  • Experience supporting and protecting proprietary technologies.

About KWS
KWS is one of the world’s leading plant breeding companies. With the tradition of family ownership, KWS has operated independently for more than 160 years. It focuses on plant breeding and the production and sale of seed for corn, sugar beet, cereals, potato, rapeseed and sunflowers. KWS uses leading-edge plant breeding methods. 5.147 employees represent KWS in more than 70 countries.
For more information: www.kws.com. Follow us on LinkedIn® at https://linkedin.com/company/kwsgroup/.


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