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Materials Projects Lead

Location: Medina, Minnesota US


Job Number: 5063

Requisition Number: R5300

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External Description: At Polaris Inc., we have fun doing what we love by driving change and innovation. We empower employees to take on challenging assignments and roles with an elevated level of responsibility in our agile working environment. Our people make us who we are, and we create incredible products and experiences that empower us to Think Outside.


The Materials Projects Lead is a key member of the team reporting directly to the Materials, Planning & Logistics (MP&L) Program Manager. This position will require an experienced Supply Chain professional to be able to facilitate and drive results in a fast paced and demanding environment, leveraging strong interpersonal and leadership skills. This role will lead various projects and initiatives, supporting the Global Operations strategic plan, vision, and culture for inbound material capabilities business objectives.


Vision and Leadership

  • Coordinate with multiple cross-functional Polaris leaders on project initiative and approach at the Corporate and Plant level and across other businesses and functions.
  • Lead internal and external research, benchmarking, and analysis.
  • Lead best practice and standard work changes and support change initiatives.
  • Own and lead deliverables and project plan for material capabilities, execution and post go-live support.
  • Work collaboratively across cross functional stakeholders.
  • Develop and implement standard processes across inbound materials, engaging and working collaboratively with subject matter experts when designing solutions and developing standard work.
  • Provide ongoing support on to ensure successful adoption and adherence to capability projects.
  • Work closely with IS project leadership on system design, implementation and maintenance.
  • Define and track metrics. Regularly communicate and report out on project status and key milestones.

Standard Work and Tools
  • Apply project management tools as applicable such as, Gantt charts, key milestones, project charter, action registers, etc.
  • Utilize Lean tools as applicable such as value stream mapping, kaizens, 5S, etc.
  • Identify best practices and share processes and tools.
  • Document standard work to efficiently repeat process.

  • Self-directed with strong personal initiative.
  • Professionalism and strong customer service skills.
  • Strong communication skills (written and oral) including facilitation and presentation skills.
  • Excellent project planning, execution, organizing and administrative skills with strong attention to detail.
  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks and deadlines.
  • Ability to lead change, build strong relationships, and motivate others at all levels within the organization.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to influence others without direct authority.
  • Effective decision-making, problem solving, and negotiating skills.
  • Exceptional analytical skills, including use of appropriate software.Knowledge of Alteryx, Power BI and Access databases is preferred.
  • Ability to work effectively within tight deadlines and firm schedules.
  • Ability to embrace a rapidly changing environment.

Education / Experience
  • Bachelor's degree in Business, Supply Chain/Operations or similar field.
  • Minimum of 2 years of experience in a business setting with strong process orientation.
  • Experience in project management and use of project management tools.
  • Experience in business processes and systems within supply chain, manufacturing operations, material flow (internal and external), and logistics.

We are an ambitious, resourceful, and driven workforce, which empowers us to Think Outside. Apply today!

About Polaris

As the global leader in Powersports, Polaris Inc. (NYSE: PII) pioneers product breakthroughs and enriching experiences and services that have invited people to discover the joy of being outdoors since our founding in 1954. With annual 2019 sales of $6.8 billion, Polaris' high-quality product line-up includes the Polaris RANGER®, RZR® and Polaris GENERAL side-by-side off-road vehicles; Sportsman® all-terrain off-road vehicles; Indian Motorcycle® mid-size and heavyweight motorcycles; Slingshot® moto-roadsters; snowmobiles; and deck, cruiser and pontoon boats, including industry-leading Bennington pontoons. Polaris enhances the riding experience with parts, garments, and accessories, along with a growing aftermarket portfolio, including Transamerican Auto Parts. Polaris' presence in adjacent markets includes military and commercial off-road vehicles, quadricycles, and electric vehicles. Proudly headquartered in Minnesota, Polaris serves more than 100 countries across the globe.

EEO Statement

Polaris is an Equal Opportunity Employer and will make all employment-related decisions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, marital status, familial status, status with regard to public assistance, membership or activity in a local commission, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable law.

City: Medina

State: Minnesota

Community / Marketing Title: Materials Projects Lead

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