Sr. Process Improvement Program Manager - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in Pittsburgh, PA at Quest Diagnostics

Date Posted: 7/3/2021

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Job Description

Program Sr-QMS Mgr/ Sr. Process Improvement Program Manager - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Job Summary

This position will lead a variety of large projects or programs to apply Quest Management System (QMS) principles and tools to ensure Quest Diagnostics is efficient and effective in the delivery of its services, solutions, and processes while improving customer and employee satisfaction. This position will also be responsible for coaching others to learn and apply QMS principles and tools to their daily work.

The Quest Management System (QMS) is Quest Diagnostics’ approach to using a set of proven tools and methodologies to drive successful execution of, and results from, key initiatives and day-to-day work. It is the structured way we manage, lead, and solve problems.

It is built on 7 practices:
1. Management approach & governance
2. Breakthrough management and Hoshin planning
3. Customer insights and solutions development
4. Process management
5. Continuous improvement
6. Project management
7. Change management

Quest Diagnostics follows a 5-step approach to project management consistent with that of the world re-known Project Management Institute (PMI): Initiate – Plan – Execute – Monitor – Close.

Job Responsibilities
• Leads projects and working teams to effectively initiate, plan, execute, monitor, and close projects

Leads projects
- Leads projects through issues, roadblocks, and problems
- Acts as a change agent to drive teams toward success
- Guides team members to perform through issues and constraints

Owns projects
- Owns the timeline, budget, resource constraints, and deliverables / results
- Shifts between the "big picture" and the small-but-crucial details
- Is prepared to roll up their sleeves and work through detailed issues

Manages projects
- Ensures all appropriate tools are completed and used effectively (e.g., charter, gantt chart, status updates)

Communicates
- Actively communicates with project sponsors and stakeholders
- Establishes regular points of communication
- Manages sponsor and stakeholders expectations

Delivers the expected results
- Performs root cause analysis on project shortfalls and takes corrective action as necessary

• Applies project management tools and techniques, as well as other QMS principles and tools, toward a variety of large, and likely inter-related, projects

• Establishes and leads programs comprised of multiple projects, including designing how information is rolled up and cascaded down, operating rhythms and mechanisms, and tracking against the integrated set of milestones and deliverables

• Coaches other employees on the use of various tools, concepts and practices foundational to QMS in order for Quest Diagnostics employees to build self-sufficiency, sustainability and scalability

• Active effort toward obtaining a PMP certification administered by the Project Management Institute (PMI) required

Qualifications/ Job Requirements

1. Demonstrated experience leading large or complex projects with multiple workstreams from initiation to completion (7-10 years of experience)

2. Demonstrated experience facilitating discussions or workshops

3. Demonstrated ability to develop strong relationships with others

4. Demonstrated experience leading changes

5. Demonstrated ability to influence business leaders

6. Demonstrated data analysis skills

7. Some experience with process management

8. Basic knowledge of VOC tools

9. General knowledge of Hoshin and breakthrough planning

10. Effective written and verbal communication skills across multiple formats:  formal presentations, meetings, conference calls, e-mails, and memos 

11. Skilled in Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and Project

Additional Duties
• Participation in Communities of Practice
• Leading of QMS training classes
• Documentation of business processes
• Completion of required continued learning

Education
• Bachelor's degree required
• Formal training in project management or continuous improvement methodologies (e.g., Six Sigma, Total Quality Management, Lean, Theory of Constraints) desired

Provided Training and Certifications
• QMS “Core Practitioner Training” (internally provided and to be completed within 6 months of entering into the role) which includes:
o Customer Insights training
o Process Management training
o Continuous Improvement
o Project Management training
o Change Management training
o Other (e.g., Influencing without Authority, Vertical and Horizontal Logic, Writing Business Cases)

• PMP Certification (externally administered by the Project Management Institute) -- to be completed within 12 months of entering into the role

Skills and Behaviors Critical for Success in the Role
• Problem solving skills
• Verbal communication skills
• Written communication skills
• Interpersonal skills
• Decision making skills
• Planning and organization skills
• Negotiation skills
• Results-oriented
• Creative
• Persistent
• Composed
• Able to learn new concepts rapidly
• Able to work independently with little supervision

Other
• 0-25% travel expected (expectations shown are targeted ranges; actual travel required will vary by project and can exceed or go below targeted amounts)
• Some evening work hours may be required, depending on project needs