Newell Brands Program Manager - Software Development - Safety & Security in Aurora, Illinois

Position Title: Program Manager – Software Development

Location: Atlanta, GA or Aurora, IL

Reports To: Director, Engineering

Our Program Management team is looking for a world-class, highly motivated, hands-on Software Program Manager to drive the software development of our products. The ideal candidate will understand the who, what, and how of system development and will own the execution of the program schedule. You will foresee software development schedules from concept ideation to development and production. The nature of the position requires the candidate to have excellent communication skills, creative problem solving, along with a drive to make a difference.

Essential Functions:

  • Coordinates closely with project stakeholdersand cross-functional teams to document project scope and objectives.

  • Coordinates with multi-disciplinary functionswithin the organization to maintain and track multiple parallel projects toplan.

  • Manages software development project and productdefinition activities related to marketing and/or technical requirements.

  • Work with the project team to define, assess andmitigate risks that have a major impact on project cost, schedule, investmentand technology.

  • Execute programs within scope, time and budget.

  • Document project activities, issues, concernsand status to keep management informed and enable timely resolution of projectproblems.

  • Ability to meet short- and long-term deadlines.

  • Effectively meet the needs of internal andexternal customers.

  • Create schedule, identify critical path, andmaintain throughout execution.

  • Manages new product development andintroductions of software and firmware products.

  • Financial acumen to complete required capitalappropriation request for the assigned programs.

  • Works in cross-disciplinary manner with otherdepartments (e.g., Manufacturing, Marketing, Procurement, Customer Support,Suppliers, etc.) and facilitates the stage gate processes.

  • Travel required: up to 25% domestic. Occasionalinternational travel may be needed

Basic Qualifications:

  • BS degree in information technology orengineering discipline

  • A minimum of 5 years of experience in softwaredevelopment or software program management of new mechanical, electrical, andsoftware product development and market introductions.

  • Strong verbal, written and interpersonalcommunication skills.

  • Ability to work independently and to followdirections.

  • Ability to articulate and promote projectmanagement best-practices.

  • Proficient with project/program management toolssuch as MS Project and other bug tracking applications

  • Knowledge of best practices in softwaredevelopment methodologies, processes, and technologies

  • Strong leader with excellent communication,organizational and people skills and the ability to work across functionalgroups


  • PMI certification and/or Scrum Mastercertification

  • Experience working with geographically dispersedengineering and business teams

  • Agile project management and methodologiesexperience

  • Experience with Atlassian tool suit or similarsystem to track development progress and interact with the team.

Newell Brands (NYSE: NWL) is a leading global consumer goods company with a strong portfolio of well-known brands, including Paper Mate, Sharpie, Dymo, EXPO, Parker, Elmers, Coleman, Jostens, Marmot, Rawlings, Oster, Sunbeam, FoodSaver, Mr. Coffee, Rubbermaid Commercial Products, Graco, Baby Jogger, NUK, Calphalon, Rubbermaid, Contigo, First Alert, Waddington and Yankee Candle. For hundreds of millions of consumers, Newell Brands makes life better every day, where they live, learn, work and play. Newell Brands and its subsidiaries are Equal Opportunity Employers and comply with applicable employment laws. EOE/M/F/Vet/Disabled are encouraged to apply.