As a Senior Innovation Implementation Project Manager, you will play a pivotal role building a newly launched, transformational division of DFW International Airport. This highly visible role reports to the Vice President of Innovation, and works closely with early stage innovation consultants, internal business executives and leads the ‘back end of the innovation lifecycle’ efforts on new programs designed to deliver on our promise of “Travel Transformed.” You’ll manage and influence cross-functional project teams, evaluate new technology offerings, lead testing and implementation of pilots, and deliver on product development commitments throughout the aggressive march to roll out solutions. You’ll act with a sense of urgency to develop project plans, business plans, financial assessments, and work arounds that help us deliver “firsts” to the airport as well as new revenue streams, enhances customer experience, and more. Then—you’ll make recommendations on how to go to market and win the future (and you’ll lay the groundwork to actually do it!).
What you will be doing
Work collaboratively with cross-functional teams to bring new and innovative concepts into the airport ecosystem, with the intent to test, trial and commercialize.
Regularly present project plans and status reports to sr. executive sponsors.
Evaluate new technologies and collaboration opportunities with stakeholders from throughout the innovation ecosystem (including start ups, corporates, academic entities, airline and retail partners and regulatory bodies.) Focus areas include Automation and Mobility (autonomous vehicles), Data Driven Decision-making (AI & ML), Safety & Security, new ventures, digital transformation, and all things related to seamless, frictionless travel for passengers.
Develop and execute implementation plans while ‘owning’ program process metrics for prototypes and pilots.
Apply appropriate tools and defined methodologies that enable the business to meet customer needs, maintain or grow market share, and ultimately transform the travel industry.
Coordinate larger and more complex project activities with other business areas to include and identify appropriate stakeholders (i.e. Procurement, IT, Legal, Marketing) and coordinating responsibilities across cross functional teams.
Manage all projects to completion including project schedule, budget, work plan, success metrics, risks and constraints, and appropriate status reporting to assure project activities are delivered in scope, on time and in budget.
Create business requirements, vendor assessments, specifications, prototype design requirements, and quality assurance measures to advance concepts through the innovation process.
What you need
5 years experience in project management, innovation or product development function
Any equivalent combination of education and/or experience may be substituted for the above on a year-for-year basis.
Bachelor’s degree in related field or equivalent experience.
Possession of a valid Class C driver’s license.
What we desire
Proven experience managing large, complex B-to-B and/or B-to-C projects; management of multi-disciplinary teams in a corporate environment.
Project management certifications preferred.
High tolerance for ambiguity and experience working to define solutions and maximize business opportunity – must be flexible in approach to solving problems.
Acute relationship management skills with keen ability to coordinate, manage and build relationships with internal and external stakeholders – strong communicator and collaborator.
Ability to roll up sleeves to get the job done, not easily dissuaded by obstacles or challenges, able to find alternative solutions to resolve problems, forward thinking, and positive.
Ability to be a self-starter, comfortable with ambiguity and able to work in dynamic, collaborative and open environment.
Commitment to act with integrity, be transparent and appropriately inclusive, seek new ways that are right for the business and get stuff done.
About Dallas Fort Worth International Airport
We are one of the most successful airports in the world by any definition. We’re recognized for our innovation, leadership, drive for excellence and talented employees, and over the past five years we achieved almost every strategic objective and performance goal that we set out to achieve.
Our success is made possible because of the diverse talents of more than 2,000 employees who champion our mission of providing an exceptional Airport experience to our customers and connect our community to the world. We’re looking for the best talent to join our Innovation department and help us redefine the future of travel. Bring your talents to DFW and live and work with purpose.