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Program Manager Design Domestic Appliances (Freelance)

Posted Apr 21, 2021
Project ID: PHILJP00023020
4 months
(May 10, 2021 - Aug 31, 2021)
40 hrs/week
Payrate range
54 - 87 €/hr

Join the Design team of Philips Domestic Appliances (DA), which interfaces with global stakeholders from different departments while driving user experience innovation. Together with a creative force of about 50 professionals, we create the future identity for the Domestic Appliances portfolio and execute this through projects, guidelines and final design specifications.

We are looking for an enthusiastic, pro-active, and delivery-focused program manager to join us for 5 months.

You are responsible for

As Program Manager Domestic Appliances, you manage and coordinate the execution of DA program activities to realize the respective commitments and Design objectives.

You work closely with the Head of Design, Design business partner, designers and stakeholders outside the organization and you will direct and coach the global PMO-Operations team.

Your main responsibilities include:

  • Project managing Design DA cutover activities
  • Communication towards stakeholders and the DA Design team
  • Program manage the Garment Care category, working in a structured and methodical way, utilizing DA Design standard processes and toolset
  • Quick response to issues that may arise and pro-active problem solving
  • Secure transparency and predictability on the progress and outcome of the program
  • Clarify and align project goals, specify quality standards, get stakeholder buy-in
  • Manage the project execution towards the timely realization of the agreed deliverables
  • Direct and coach the global PMO-Operations team (7 FTE).

You are a part of

The Design Project Management community and the Domestic Appliances program team, where a professional and fun workplace atmosphere is valued, and a diverse multi-functional team will greet you. You'll report to head of Design Domestic Appliances.

To succeed in this role, you should have the following skills and experience:

  • Project management skills. You have profound expertise in project management processes and knowledge areas. You can flexibly adjust and apply hybrid ways of work with a given context and desired project outcomes.
  • Continuous improvement. You are continuously looking for ways to improve processes and simplify ways of working.
  • Problem Solving. You are a natural problem solver, resourceful and positive to any given challenge.
  • Strong performance track. You are a fast learner, drive impact through teamwork and have a strong dose of self-reflection. You are able to deal with complexity, and to develop the winning plan.
  • Team dynamics. You understand the characteristics of high performing teams and have a wide variety of tools available to help drive/guide a team towards greater dynamics, collaboration and effectiveness. Key behavioral competences include business insight, balance stakeholders, direct work, ensure accountability, and build effective teams and nimble learning.
  • Stakeholder relationships. You are able to cultivate and grow meaningful relationships with stakeholders, encourage engagement and alignment of expectations, and empathize with the challenges they are facing. You are comfortable with working in a corporate environment.
  • Business acumen. You have a strong understanding of the commercial aspect of building a product and feel comfortable managing budgets and optimizing return on investment, as well as working with internal and external parties to develop budgets, scope of work documents and planning.
  • Positive and role modeling. You bring a positive and enthusiastic spirit to everything you do. You are eager to contribute to our company's mission to improve people's live through meaningful innovation, and role model our behaviors: customers first, quality and integrity always, team up to win, take ownership to deliver fast, and eager to improve and inspire.

Previous experience working at Philips Design and financial experience is seen as an advantage.

Why should you join Domestic Appliances?

Philips Domestic Appliances business is a global leader with EUR 2.3 billion in sales in 2019 in kitchen appliances, coffee, garment care and home care appliances, with successful products such as the Airfryer, Perfect Care Steam Generators, Automatic Coffee Machines with LatteGo and SpeedPro Max Aqua vacuum cleaner, and many more that are used by millions of people every day across the world.

In January 2020, Philips announced that it would be considering new ownership options for Domestic Appliances, as it is not a strategic fit for the company's future as a health technology leader, and committed to finding the right home for the business to ensure that it is set up for continued success serving customers, leveraging the Philips brand and driving growth across the markets that it serves.

In its 128-year history as a leading innovator, Philips has had to reinvent itself a number of times to remain competitive. This has involved several high-profile divestments, resulting in the company's successful track record in managing complex change of this scale. Such transformations offer unique opportunities for employees to "make their mark" and gain expertise in a specific and dynamic environment - those who can deliver results while navigating and contributing to changes will gain unique skills and perspective that will prove valuable for the rest of their careers.

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