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Manager, Innovation Program (Req 814)

Reliance Steel and Aluminum Co.
Cypress, California 90630
  • Job Code
    Div. 98 (Req 814)
  • Job Type
    Employee
  • Job Status
    Full Time

Application Process:  To be considered for this position, the candidate must submit their resume to recruiting@rsac.com and specify the title and requisition number for which they are applying in the subject line or body of the email.


JOB SUMMARY

The Innovation Program Manager is an integral member of the Reliance Technology Solutions (RTS) management team.  Under the direction of the Director - Enterprise Architecture and Innovation, the Innovation Program Manager is responsible for managing the portfolio of innovation projects as they evolve through the Reliance Innovation Framework from idea inception thru product launch. The Innovation Program Manager will be a leader and facilitator; excels in program/ project management; is driven, organized and detail oriented; communicates effectively at all levels; thrives in an ambiguous environment; is adept at facilitating actions and resolving conflicts; manages through relationships and influence; and displays grace under fire.

Specifically, the Innovation Program Manager will drive multiple interdisciplinary teams in scoping, designing and implementing technology solutions that align with short and long-term strategic business objectives. They will partner with business application managers to productionize products onto enterprise platforms to fully realize business outcomes and ROI. They provide expertise on existing and emerging technologies and recommends IT solutions and architecture to solve business problems. They work closely with various business units and IT service providers to analyze business needs, review existing systems landscape and devise optimal solutions.

Additionally, the Innovation Program Manager will provide valuable insights for optimizing user experiences, leveraging best enterprise system practices, integrating existing systems, introducing newer technologies, creating program governance, and guiding stakeholders through program innovation strategy, risk analysis and resource optimization.

 

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

(Technical Product Management)

  • Drive the “how” of execution, developing the necessary plans to deliver cross-functional projects, and manage R&D projects to successful delivery -- on-time, on-budget, and with high quality
  • Have in-depth understanding of one’s field and continuously search out best practices
  • Demonstrate highly effective practices when leading teams that produce significant business results
  • Ensure that project goals are met or exceeded within deadlines, scope, budget, and resource requirements
  • Align the direction, products, services and performance to meet the varied needs of Reliance                                                      
  • Proactively address complex problems that result in a satisfactory outcome for all involved parties
  • Ensure ownership and accountability for deliverables, in partnership with different functional and business teams

(Organizational Leadership)

  • Lead multi-disciplinary teams in a high velocity, change-intensive environment
  • Effectively develop and sustaining a high level of team member commitment and "ownership" for decisions and results by team members 
  • Proactively identify, report, and mitigate risks, issues, and dependencies
  • Provide direction to remove obstacles on complex project and/or delivery requirements
  • Build high performing teams that foster information exchange to improve team efficiency and outcomes
  • Proactively identify, develop, strengthen and broaden valuable relationships with other groups both within and across the organization to leverage results
  • Make prudent decisions in complex situations, considering broad implications affecting multiple stakeholders

(Change Agent)

  • Be a changemaker. Actively improve existing systems and structures by offering best practices and innovative ideas… then implement them!
  • Inspire, motivate and guide others toward goal accomplishment
  • Empower others by sharing power, authority, and information
  • Advocate change that results in continuous improvement of employees, processes, products, etc.
  • Create an environment where team members accept differences in approaches; value opinions of others and act to promote the success of the entire team 

(Coaching)

  • Model and coach behaviors consistent with RTS operating norms and the new Innovation culture
  • Consistently create and foster an organizational climate which promotes enthusiasm and dedication to achieving organizational goals

(Technical Product Management)

  • Drive the “how” of execution, developing the necessary plans to deliver cross-functional projects, and manage R&D projects to successful delivery -- on-time, on-budget, and with high quality
  • Have in-depth understanding of one’s field and continuously search out best practices
  • Demonstrate highly effective practices when leading teams that produce significant business results
  • Ensure that project goals are met or exceeded within deadlines, scope, budget, and resource requirements
  • Align the direction, products, services and performance to meet the varied needs of Reliance                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      
  • Proactively address complex problems that result in a satisfactory outcome for all involved parties
  • Ensure ownership and accountability for deliverables, in partnership with different functional and business teams

SUPPLEMENTAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Pursue training and development opportunities; Strives to continuously build knowledge and skills
  • Assist personnel in other RTS departments to resolve technical and/or application issues
  • Other duties as requested

CORE COMPETENCIES

Leadership – Motivates others, accepts responsibility; Influences decisions across multiple stakeholders; develops trust and credibility; expects honest and ethical behavior of self and others.     

Able to:

  • Lead by example
  • Promote organizational mission and goals, and demonstrates the way to achieve them 
  • Empower others by sharing responsibility and information 
  • Inspire, motivate and guide others toward goal accomplishment   
  • Consistently use positive language to inspire others, creating an open and energetic environment
  • Seen as objective and professional, dealing with issues firmly and fairly 

Team Building -Consistently encourages, develops, sustains, and rewards cooperative working relationships; understands team dynamics and how to facilitate good teamwork.          

Able to: 

  • Bring individuals together to effectively work towards solving a problem or achieving a goal
  • Effectively develop and sustain a high level of team member commitment and "ownership" for decisions and results by team members
  • Convey confidence in self and team; builds pride in the team and inspires team members to perform at their full potential
  • Actively involve team members in decision making, gives the team credit for successes as well as responsibility for failures
  • Create an environment where team members accept differences in approaches; values opinions of others and acts to promote the success of the entire team  

People Management - Effectively recruits, develops, utilizes, evaluates, and rewards employees.        

Able to:

  • Model and coach behaviors consistent with RTS operating norms
  • Lead, coach, mentor and trains staff
  • Plan, distribute, coordinate, and monitor work assignments
  • Provide timely guidance, feedback, and set clear expectations.  
  • Evaluate work performance and provide constructive feedback to others
  • Ensure that staff is appropriately selected, utilized, and developed
  • Treat staff in a fair and equitable manner  
  • Deal appropriately with employee issues and problems         
  • Foster an environment where culturally diverse teams thrive, cooperate and achieve goals   
  • Treat people as the organization's most valuable asset    

Strategic Minded – Defines and delivers strategy for area of responsibility taking into account the overall organization's strategy.

Able to:

  • Assist in the development and implementation of strategies and roadmaps to address key issues and achieve goals and objectives 
  • Use feedback, seek and evaluate alternatives, solicits broad input, solutions oriented

Business Acumen – Awareness of business processes, issues and outcomes and how it impacts the organization and the customer.           

Able to:

  • Understand business fundamentals and how their own area fits relative to the bottom-line
  • Align the direction, products, services, and performance to meet the varied needs of Reliance
  • Understand and factor business fundamentals into decision making  
  • Demonstrate broad understanding of and appropriately apply good financial management practices    
  • Develop an understanding of Reliance's business and is able to articulate the types of products, processing and services provided by the Reliance Family of Companies                                 

Functional / Technical Expertise - Possesses required functional and technical skills to do the job at a high level of accomplishment.   

Able to:    

  • Demonstrate active interest and ability to enhance and apply new functional skills
  • Solve complex problems using functional / technical / professional expertise
  • Demonstrate in-depth understanding of one’s field and continuously searches out best practices

Partnering/Networking – Develops, maintains, and strengthens partnerships with others inside and outside the organization.

Able to:

  • Proactively seek and build mutually beneficial relationships with others both internally and externally
  • Understand how each person adds value to the partnership
  • Be respected by others within the organization as someone how can influence and reach agreement in challenging situations
  • Develop networks and build alliances
  • Participate in cross-functional activities to achieve organizational objectives

Managing Change - Embrace and champion change, adapting to and helping others through the change process.

Able to:

  • Adjust rapidly to new situations                       
  • Adapt to and help staff to adapt behavior and work methods in response to new information, changing conditions, or unexpected obstacles     
  • Maintain focus, intensity, and persistence, even in adverse, evolving, or ambiguous situations      
  • Be flexible, open, and receptive to new ideas and approaches                                                                               
  • Explain the driver for change and communicates a sense of urgency regarding the need to change
  • Actively involve others in the change process; solicits input ahead of time and assists others in seeing how changes will affect them
  • Understand the impact of change and its effect on the ecosystem

Results Focused - Knowing what outcomes are required and focusing self and team members on delivering the results.

Able to:

  • Ensure project goals are met or exceeded within deadlines, scope, budget, and resource requirements
  • Foresee scope changes and gaps and responds
  • Manage resource allocations on multiple projects and stay within budget and timeline
  • Provide accurate project effort estimates
  • Quantify project resource requirements
  • Measure and communicates proposed project benefits                                                                                                             
  • Maintain and articulates a focus on results as a key driver for activity                                                                                                                                                                                         
  • Be enthusiastic, ambitious, determined, and confident to challenge, ensuring high levels of personal and service achievement 
  • Have stamina and willpower to deliver results               
  • Recognizes and celebrates success

Knowledge Management - Ensures that the right information is provided to the right people at the right time to make the right decisions.   

Able to:

  • Encourage knowledge exchange         
  • Create a work environment that encourages creative thinking and innovation                                                                                                                                
  • Encourage staff to be open to developing new insights into situations and applying innovative solutions
  • Foster originality, flexibility, open exchange of ideas and reasonable risk-taking                                                                                          

Conflict Management - Manages and resolves conflicts and disagreements in a positive and constructive manner in order to minimize adverse impact.

Able to:

  • Identify and takes steps to prevent potential situations that could result in inappropriate confrontations                                                                                                                                                                          
  • Establish a clear and compelling rationale for resolving the conflict
  • Collect information from relevant sources to understand the conflict 
  • Objectively view the conflict from all sides                                                                                                                                                  
  • Stay focused on resolving the conflict and avoids personal issues and attacks                                                                                                                                   
  • Present and seek potential solutions or positive courses of action 
  • Take positive action to resolve the conflict in a way that addresses the issue, dissipates the conflict, and maintains the relationship                                                                                                                                                     

Problem Solving - Ability to problem solve through problem identification (what is the problem), solution assessment (what can be done), problem documentation (document for future) and problem response (implementing a solution).

Able to:

  • Anticipate problems and is proactive in addressing them                                                                                                                                                                                   
  • Generate a range of solutions and courses of action with benefits, costs, and risks associated with each                                                                                                                                                                              
  • Provide innovative and creative solutions 

Accountability - Holds self and others accountable for measurable high-quality, timely, and cost-effective results.

Able to:

  • Establish criteria and/or work procedures to achieve a high level of quality, productivity, or service
  • Dedicate required time and energy to assignments or tasks to ensure that no aspect of the work is neglected                                                                                                                                           
  • Overcome obstacles to completing tasks or assignments
  • Accept responsibility for outcomes (positive or negative) of one’s own work and that of their team                                                                                                                                                       
  • Admit mistakes and refocuses efforts when appropriate
  • Provide encouragement and support to others in accepting responsibility; does not accept others’ denial of responsibility without questioning
  • Promote established policies and procedures   
  • Create high levels of commitment and buy-in for results; holds others accountable for achieving the results 

Communication - Ability to communicate effectively across all levels.  

Able to:

  • Express oneself clearly in conversations and interactions with others 
  • Express oneself clearly in business writing      
  • Plan and delivers oral and written communications that make an impact and persuade their intended audiences
  • Have a candid and direct conversation with others
  • Listen empathically to understand the needs and concerns of others before stating one's own opinion

Customer Focus - Ability to develop and maintain strong relationships with customers by listening to the customer, understanding and responding to their needs.

Able to:

  • Treat customers with courtesy, responding to requests in a timely manner, seeks feedback from customers to monitor satisfaction
  • Consider both short and long-term interests of the customer in making service decisions
  • Proactively identify and prioritizes customer needs
  • Create strategies and process to help with serving customers more effectively
  • Model, lead, train and motivate multiple levels of personnel to be excellent in customer service                                    
  • Develop and maintain customer relationships; builds trust and credibility 
  • Deliver high quality products and services      
  • Committed to continuous improvement 
  • Actively and frequently seeks feedback from customers to identify ways to continuously improve customer service
  • Adept at defusing highly-charged situations while remaining calm and respectful
  • Establish highly effective relationships of trust and collaboration with customers
  • Work to eliminate barriers that interfere with providing outstanding customer service
  • Foster a customer-focused climate by constantly challenging peers and direct reports to “think like a customer”   

Decision making - Makes sound, well-informed, and objective decisions; perceives the impact and implications of decisions; commits to action, even in uncertain situations, to accomplish organizational goals.      

Able to:

  • Make decisions in difficult or ambiguous situations                                                                                                                                                      
  • Take charge of a group when it is necessary to facilitate change, overcome an impasse, face issues, or ensure that decisions are made                      
  • Consider the impact of decisions made before taking action
  • Use a factual approach to decision making by systematically collecting valid and reliable data
  • Propose options and viable solutions when faced with problems

Consultant - Able to provide extensive business and technical guidance.

Able to:

  • Collaborate with technology and application owners to manage the Lifecycle of assets in the IT portfolio within domain expertise with broader knowledge of other domains                                                                                 
  • Collaborate with various RTS departments to evaluate designs and identify potential gaps or weaknesses early so they can be addressed within domain expertise integrating broader knowledge of other domains for medium to high complexity projects                                                        
  • Translate business needs into Architecture requirements using domain expertise and broader knowledge of other domains for medium to high complexity projects                                                        \
  • Participate and provides leadership within domain expertise and broader knowledge of other domains for medium to high complexity projects in implementing systems and ensuring design is consistent and well integrated with existing conceptual, logical and physical architectures



Requirements

Required Skills: 

(Required)

  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Engineering, or equivalent work experience in a related field required
  • Master’s Degree in BA, MS in EE, MS in Comp Sci or related field preferred
  • 7+ years of Technical Product Management, Technical Project Management, or Information Technology experience
  • Extensive knowledge of product, project and program management tools, templates, and techniques
  • Recent experience using agile project management or product management tools such as JIRA, Aha!, Version One or similar
  • 3+ years of experience using modern software delivery practices Agile, Lean Startup, Test Driven Development, MVP, XP methodologies
  • Technology development experience on major technologies and platforms such as J2EE, .Net, API/Web Services, Salesforce, PCF, AWS, Azure, GCP, Heroku, Big Data
  • Experience with cloud-based solutions
  • Experienced working as a technical/functional leader handling multiple stakeholders
  • Experienced in managing relationships with vendors, partners, and customers
  • Demonstrable knowledge in technology with a focus on software and service products/trends
  • Strong Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint and Microsoft Project skills
  • Strong verbal, written and presentation skills; must have the ability to convey complex information to a broad audience
  • A team player with integrity, passion, initiative, and leadership ability
  • Self-starter with an ability to work independently under minimal supervision
  • Highly organized, multi-tasking capabilities, and commitment to detail
  • Analytical and collaborative in your approach to everything
  • Energized by tackling hard problems and breaking new ground
  • Comfortable navigating ambiguity and thrive with new challenges
  • High degree of initiative and professionalism

 

(Preferred)

 

  • Exposure to emerging technologies such as Big Data, API economy, Serverless, IOT integration, convergence of AI, machine learning and deep learning
  • Working in an Innovation Group or Innovation Lab
  • Experience as a Technical Product Manager at innovative companies - AWS, Google, Salesforce, Apple, Microsoft,
  • Experience using Innovation management tools such as BrightIdea, Idea Drop, Planview, Itonics, etc.
  • Experience setting up Innovation capabilities at a F1000 company
  • Experience working for Big 5 / Management Consulting firm advising F1000 companies

 

Application Process:  To be considered for this position, the candidate must submit their resume to recruiting@rsac.com and specify the title and requisition number for which they are applying in the subject line or body of the email.

We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All persons shall have the opportunity to be considered for employment without regard to their race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local law.
 
We will endeavor to make a reasonable accommodation to the known physical or mental limitations of a qualified applicant with a disability unless the accommodation would impose an undue hardship on the operation of our business. If you believe you require such assistance to apply for the position or to participate in an interview, please let us know. 
 
Reliance Steel & Aluminum Co. provides reasonable accommodation for individuals protected by Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Vietnam Era Veterans' Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974 and Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.  Applicants who need accommodation in the job application process should contact Gabe Muñoz at (213) 576-2426 or e-mail Gabriel.munoz@rsac.comto request an accommodation.

Posted: 2020-02-19 Expires: 2020-03-20

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Manager, Innovation Program (Req 814)

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Cypress, California 90630

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