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Project Manager - Strategic Projects

A family of companies and experiences

As the leading foodservice and support services company, Compass Group USA is known for our great people, great service and our great results. If you’ve been hungry and away from home, chances are you’ve tasted Compass Group’s delicious food and experienced our outstanding service. Our 225,000 associates work in award-winning restaurants, corporate cafes, hospitals, schools, arenas, museums, and more in all 50 states.  Our reach is constantly expanding to shape the industry and create new opportunities for innovation. Join the Compass family today!

great people. great services. great results.

Each and every individual plays a key role in the growth and legacy of our company. We know the next big idea can come from anyone. We encourage developing and attracting expertise that differentiates us as a company as we continue to raise the bar.

Job Summary

Compass Group, the world’s leading contract foodservice company, has a Great Opportunity for career development and growth as a Project Manager in our Chicago, IL office supporting Levy, a business sector of Compass Group whose diverse portfolio includes award winning restaurants, iconic sports and entertainment venues as well as the Grammy Awards, PGA Championship, US Open Tennis Tournament and many others.

This Project Manager position, reporting into Strategic Projects, offers a unique opportunity to gain exposure leading impactful enterprise wide business initiatives in a fortune 500 company.  Each project is carefully selected to achieve a significant return for the company and adds value to the growth of the Compass Group. A successful candidate will own the complete life cycle of key projects and drive necessary change throughout. Projects include business mergers, enterprise wide process change, and large scale solution delivery and operation support to strategic accounts.

This role will allow the project manager to build a skillset and network of resources and gain wider exposure and knowledge across corporate departments and business sectors setting them up for future growth in the organization.
 
Responsibilities:

  • Define project scope, goals and deliverables that support business goals in collaboration with all stakeholders, including senior executives, sponsors, business owners and field operations
  • Document and analyze information and processes to solve critical business issues
  • Build and manage (directly and indirectly) teams to meet the resource needs required of each project
  • Create and execute end-to-end project plans and revise as appropriate to meet changing needs and requirements
  • Proactively communicate project details across all levels of the organization and across multiple departments in a clear and concise manner
  • Coordinate project activities between team members, while maximizing their productivity to achieve project goals
  • Build internal and external business relationships vital to the success of the project
  • Identify, assess and minimize risks throughout the project life cycle
  • Create and maintain all project documentation pertinent to the project, including but not limited to, status reports, work plans, presentations
  • Assist in developing project management best practices 
  • Update job knowledge by participating in educational opportunities; reading professional publications; maintaining personal networks; participating in professional organizations

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree required; MBA strongly preferred
  • PMP certification desired
  • 5+ years experience managing large, complex enterprise projects, particularly those involving a medium to significant degree of change across the organization
  • Project experience supporting sales initiatives from securing new business, transitioning the opening of new accounts, stabilizing existing business and retention
  • “Big 4” consulting experience preferred
  • Proven ability to define and execute change strategies
  • Proven ability to influence and manage external resources in a highly matrix’ d environment
  • Proven business analytical capabilities to solve complex business issues
  • Proven ability to work efficiently and effectively under pressure in a fast paced environment
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills needed to communicate with all levels of the organization
  • Proficiency Microsoft Office, Project and Visio programs
  • Travel as needed, approximately 30%

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Compass Group is an equal opportunity employer.  At Compass, we are committed to treating all Applicants and Associates fairly based on their abilities, achievements, and experience without regard to race, national origin, sex, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other classification protected by law.

Req ID:  215016

Compass Corporate 

JEFFERY F LANDIS 

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