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IT Program Manager - Breeding Organization

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Monsanto Company

Saint Louis, MO

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IT Program Manager - Breeding Organization','01LWO','!*!At Monsanto, we’re focused on finding innovative solutions for the big challenges we face in agriculture.  Monsanto is a sustainable agriculture company.  We deliver agricultural products that support farmers all around the world.  We are focused on empowering farmers—large and small—to produce more from their land while conserving more of our world's natural resources such as water and energy.  We do this with our leading seed brands in crops like corn, cotton, oilseeds and fruits and vegetables. We also produce leading in-the-seed trait technologies for farmers, which are aimed at protecting their yield, supporting their on-farm efficiency and reducing their on-farm costs.

In Monsanto IT, we leverage cutting edge information technologies to directly participate in revolutionizing digital agriculture and to enhance Monsanto’s ability to deliver innovative solutions that solve the world’s most pressing agricultural challenges. Here you’ll find a team-focused environment that thrives on innovation and encourages you to do extraordinary things. Our IT organization is ranked among the Top 100 Companies by Information Week, and among the 100 Best Places for IT Workers by Computerworld.

We are seeking a Senior Program Manager who will be responsible for driving large IT initiatives to deliver digital solutions that drive transformation in the Breeding Organization in St. Louis, MO.  The Senior Program Manager will partner with stakeholders across IT and Breeding to lead the organization through the planning and build stages for a given initiative with a key focus of delivering digital solutions that generate value in the business.

Specific Responsibilities Include:

Partner with IT and Business Leads to facilitate project/program business case, initiation, scoping, planning, and funding approval processes with a focus on the overall program

Provide overall program leadership, guidance, and manage all aspects of a given program, including requirements gathering, business case creation, implementation, etc.

Create and maintain a consolidated program-level plan and review PM plans to ensure alignment to meet program timelines and objectives, including work stream interdependencies with the goal of being able to outline key capabilities that have been delivered and measure the business value/impact

Establish and manage change control, contingency planning, testing and launch readiness processes as well as metrics to determine success

Provide steady leadership in the face of uncertainty, change, and aggressive deadlines

Perform program financial oversight and analysis

Ensure that the IT solutions align with business priorities

Manage program-level risks and interdependencies

Promote collaboration and coordination across broad categories of stakeholders

Partner with IT and Business sponsors to lead steering team meetings and communicate program progress and status to steering team and senior management

Lead cross-functional meetings and foster teamwork; drive escalation and resolution of issues

Identify, support and coach project managers within the program

Provide technical expertise in planning, execution, and leadership of program, projects, and initiatives

Provide program reporting and status to senior management

Review program budget variance and scope change requests, and participate in the budget-resolution process

Maintain excellent relationships with all levels of the matrix organization

Establish metrics that are true indicators of the program health','!*!Required Education and Skills/Experience:

Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree

At least 10 years of relevant IT and/or business experience

5 or more years of project management/program management experience

Proven leadership and/or influencing skills including the ability to effectively influence when there is no direct reporting relationship

Experience in managing large sized projects/programs across multiple disciplines and/or teams

Demonstrated leadership ability, business & digital acumen, and industry knowledge

Proven ability to build and lead integrated teams from various internal and external organizations across multiple sites

Ability to build networks and relationships at all levels of the organization

Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, and proven ability to work effectively with all organizational levels

Excellent facilitation and presentation skills

Superior negotiation skills

Strong team orientation, collaboration skills, and interpersonal skills 

Strong technical expertise & results orientation

Expertise in defining and improving processes

Ability to make difficult decisions and to involve others sufficiently in the decision-making process

Proficiency with Microsoft Office and MSPS

Proven problem-solving, critical thinking and decision-making skills

Desired Education and Skills/Experience:

Knowledge and/or understanding of Software Development Life Cycle principles and methodologies

Experience with working within Agile Framework and teams

Experience working in an R&D/Breeding environment

Adept at helping team members harness and develop strengths in pursuit of successful program outcomes

Ability to achieve broadly communicated objectives with a minimal amount of supervision

Ability to make decisions independently and to assume higher-level leadership responsibilities in critical situations

Strong analytical and financial skills

Adept at understanding technical components and how they address the business needs of a project and/or program

Ability to succeed in a dynamic matrix organization

Experience readily applying principles and practices from one functional area to enhance another

Project Management Certification

Proficiency with AHA and JIRA

Who is Monsanto?

Monsanto is an agriculture company with more than 20,000 employees focused on making a balanced meal accessible to everyone. We work to help farmers produce food in a more sustainable way. We think about how our food is grown so farmers have the tools they need to have better harvests.

We believe that bringing diverse perspectives together is the most effective way to develop creative solutions to some of the world’s biggest challenges. Career opportunities at Monsanto range from farming, plant breeding, chemistry and engineering to marketing, environmental science, IT and many other areas. We’re always looking for exceptional professionals interested in developing a strong career while collaborating to develop solutions for sustainable agriculture. Sound like a job for you?

Why work with us?

Life at Monsanto means collaborating with dedicated professionals in a stimulating environment

Our people demonstrate our winning culture through positive and meaningful relationships

You will work with market leading brand products in a global organization

We provide competitive salaries, excellent benefits, and some of the best career development opportunities in the industry

Monsanto is named Great Place to Work in many countries around the world

Join our global team where your contribution will make a real difference!

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