Kelly Services Project Manager in Deerfield, Illinois

Our client, a top 15 Pharmaceutical company in the world, is currently seeking a Project Manager for an 8 month temporary position with the opportunity for an extension. The position is located in Deerfield, IL.

By working for our client, you will be exposed to a large multinational company that markets metabolic & cardiovascular, respiratory & immunology, oncology and general medicine products, work for a firm with over 30,000 employees, a firm with $15+ billion dollars in revenue, work in a fast paced corporate environment and be an integral part to the Global Procurement team.

In addition to working with the world’s most recognized and trusted name in staffing, Kelly employees can expect:

  • Competitive pay

  • Paid holidays

  • Year-end bonus program

  • Recognition and incentive programs

  • Access to continuing education via the Kelly Learning Center

The hours for this position are as follows

Monday to Friday 8:00am-5:00pm

Project Manager – (RSPI) Risk Sustainable Performance & Innovation

Your responsibilities will include:

The RSPI Project Manager plans and manages project team activities to assure goals and objectives are accomplished within prescribed timeframe and funding parameters. Project Manager will also be engaged in non-sourcing projects such as demand management and process improvement where required. For these non-sourcing projects, they will execute their day to day activities in line with requirements conveyed by stakeholders. The Project Manager leverages deep understanding of Procurement and related technology tool sets and works closely with other groups to assure the total solution delivered to the customer meets/exceeds expectations. The Project Manager is required to identify and resolve project risks with proposed resolution plan (ad hoc and planned), with escalation to senior stakeholders where appropriate. Projects may include risk assessment projects, interviewing internal stakeholders and external suppliers, risk platform/tools roll-out, sourcing projects, supplier performance meetings, reports and scorecards.


Deliver their assigned projects and targets. Activities will include:

Delivering agreed targets through project implementation Refining the scope of projects to enable delivery in line with the top down targets Creating project plans, identifying required resources, identifying / creating all primary deliverables and receiving sign off for all major gateways in line with the RSPI framework related to supplier diversity, sustainable procurement, and supplier relationship management. Implementing the agreed project plan and reporting on progress to relevant stakeholders Collecting and analyzing the supplier, market, category and internal business data and information required to inform project execution Proactively identifying, reporting and mitigating risks to delivery Resolving issues and project risks on a timely basis to internal client satisfaction and escalating issues and risks where appropriate Liaising with RSPI team and more broadly with GPO, LPP, and Category teams to ensure the application of the agreed relevant global processes and standards Liaising with Procurement Leads to request in country intelligence or other required support as required Conducting workshop and training on RSPI tools and framework.

Team management:

Ensure roles and responsibilities are clear for the resources involved in a project that they directly manage or those that they require engagement with and ensure that these responsibilities are clearly communicated and understood Provide primary contact for issues relating to activities of the projects they manage and ensure they are addressed and resolved in a timely manner Work in cooperation with other Project Management to ensure the correct balance of resources are utilized to deliver projects

Risk management

Monitor the progress of projects and pro-actively report any projected shortfall in overall targets or delivery to time as well as identifying potential mitigation strategies Identify and mitigate risks to delivery of their project targets, timelines and objectives.

Ensure quality data on project status is available to inform the Procurement Balanced Scorecard input. Collaborate with the Project Management Lead, other Project Managers and Global / Regional Category Teams to support local implementation of above market initiatives where appropriate. Participate in sufficient relevant training and skills development to ensure successful project delivery and continuous improvement.


Bachelor’s degree in business or life sciences preferred and 3+ years of Procurement or Supply Chain experience delivering measurable value in strategic sourcing, enterprise cost reduction, and / or operational efficiency projects. Demonstrated understanding of some / all of the major indirect spend categories and potential cost levers or market fundamentals 3+ years of Project Management experience including risk management, project reporting, and delivering quantitative and qualitative results in complex and pressured environments Demonstrated success in managing projects to deliver against set targets Demonstrated experience in delivering results and managing projects across markets Strong experience in upwards communication and senior stakeholder management Good facilitation and upwards management skills supported by good interpersonal competencies (communication, influencing) Proactive approach to problem solving Proven capability in negotiation, conflict resolution and stakeholder management Strong proficiency in basic MS Office© software including experience in MS Project and other business systems Knowledgeable in Procurement specific systems and processes for the efficient management of sourcing events and contract negotiations (e.g. eSourcing, eAuction) with familiarity and awareness of relevant legal risks and issues

Desired Qualifications:

Strong analytical experience including ability to drive insights from large and varied data sources, data visualization applications (e.g. Tableau, Qlikview) and database applications (e.g. Access) Creating effective MS PowerPoint’s and MS Excel reports Experience with enterprise systems (SAP, Oracle) and Procurement / procure-to-pay tools such as (e.g. Ariba, Emptoris, SAP) is preferred Life Sciences or Management Consulting industry experience


Any Project Management (e.g. ISEB, Prince 2), professional purchasing (e.g. CIPS) or Finance related licenses or certifications would be considered advantageous

Travel Requirements:

Ability to travel (air and ground both domestic and internationally) for up to 30% of time for meetings at company and supplier sites.

Important information: This position is recruited for by a remote Kelly office, not your local Kelly branch. If you have questions about the position, you may contact the recruiter recruiting for this position (, however, your resume should be uploaded via the “SUBMIT RESUME” button included within Why Kelly®?At Kelly Services®, we work with the best. Our clients include 95 of the Fortune 100™ companies, and more than 70,000 hiring managers rely on Kelly annually to access the best talent to drive their business forward. If you only make one career connection today, connect with Kelly.


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Category: Project/Program Management