Project Manager, IT

Date: Mar 23, 2023

Location: Cleveland, OH, US, 44117

Company: Lincoln Electric

​Lincoln Electric is the world leader in the design, development and manufacture of the highest quality arc welding products, automated joining assembly and cutting systems, and has a global leading position in brazing and soldering alloys. With over 125 years of innovation and service excellence, we are committed to employing talent that will support our strategy to foster innovation, drive growth and provide a first class experience for our customers. Lincoln Electric: we operate to a higher standard to build a better world. 

Req. ID: 22758 


PURPOSE: As Lincoln Electric pursues its strategy of steady, consistent global growth through both acquisitions and organic initiatives, the global IT organization continues evolving to fulfill the increasing technology demands of this broadening array of businesses. One key success factor for IT is establishing and maintaining a strong capacity for delivering increasingly complex solutions to enhance process efficiencies, broaden competitive product/service offerings, and evolve to a global unified digital operating model. Achieving this demands a cohesive, organized, well-executed portfolio of strategic IT initiatives. The IT Project Manager (PM), reporting to the IT PMO Director, plays a pivotal role in IT’s capacity to deliver global high quality solutions. The Project Manager is charged with managing projects through all phases: planning, scoping, analysis, requirements gathering, design, development, implementation, and post-launch support. The PM collaborates with both IT Business Relationship Managers and IT Solution Delivery teams to establish project implementation plans and timelines. The PM then works closely with IT Solution Delivery management to staff and successfully execute projects, ensure timely deliverables, and evaluate project performance (cost and timing) against the plan.


Many of the project responsibilities specific to this IT Project Manager position will be centered on Lincoln Electric’s current global Source-to-Pay re-engineering initiative. Accordingly, this PM will be responsible for managing and delivering strategic, complex global SAP Procurement solutions which may combine one or more upstream and/or downstream SAP Ariba product solutions, or may include other cloud solutions such as Concur. Collectively, these projects represent a large-scale, high-impact global initiative spanning organizational boundaries including multiple business units and service partners/vendors. As a result, candidates with experience integrating SAP Ariba with SAP ECC or S/4 HANA, or implementing SAP Procure-to-Pay functionality, or otherwise demonstrating strong source-to-pay process knowledge will be given special consideration.




Project Delivery (70%)

  • Provide project leadership and management to ensure project deliverables, timelines, and resource constraints are met and adhere to PMO policies and standards:
  • Establish project scope, requirements, priorities and deadlines.
  • Collaborate with IT Business Relationship Managers, technical and functional staff and business partners to establish key project milestones and develop detailed project plans, work breakdown structures, and task lists including project team resource assignments
  • Engage and manage vendors as key contributors to a project, as needed.
  • Establish project budgets, track spend and communicate current and projected burn rates.
  • Assemble and coordinate IT applications, infrastructure and/or IT operations resources according to the demands of each initiative.
  • Define and communicate roles for project team members (IT technical and functional, business subject matter experts, sponsors, stakeholders, etc.)
  • Define and execute a clear cadence of communications to team members and stakeholders for each project. Provide routine status reports and appropriate escalation to steering team.
  • Engage with IT Delivery teams to define clear user acceptance test criteria and plans, and coordinate testing events leading to successful solution signoff
  • Continuously review and communicate project status, actively manage project risks and issues, monitor change readiness of the business, ensure delivery of proper training and solution documentation, coordinate cutover/launch activities, execute post-Go-Live hypercare support, and conduct post-implementation audit reviews for continuous improvement and ITGC compliance, all in accordance with the needs of each project based on size and complexity.
  • Ensure project artifacts are continuously maintained and stored appropriately for maximum transparency across project team members and extended stakeholders.
  • Advise the business in developing justifications for projects based on sound value propositions and assist in preparing requests for investment in capital projects to facilitate timely management approval
  • Manage IT resource capacity at the project, program, team, and department levels, providing routine and ad hoc budget-to-actual resource utilization updates and estimate-to-complete projections
  • Manage vendor relationship, performance, deliverables, reporting, and change management during projects
  • Adhere to compliance, legal and audit standards for projects and deliverables.

Development and Maintenance of PMO Best Practices and Standards (30%)

  • As an integral member of the Project Management Office (PMO):
  • Lead efforts to standardize and strengthen global IT PMO processes from project initiation to application delivery and turnover
  • Participate in development and ongoing maintenance of PMO collateral, materials, documentation, workshops and other artifacts
  • Communicate and promote the value contribution of the PMO within IT and across the organization as a whole; Socialize IT PMO standards and expectations across IT to ensure uniform adoption
  • Define and institute practices and policies aligned to Lincoln Electric’s Higher Standard 2025 Vision and Strategy
  • Establish appropriate architecture review and adherence to standards and processes across IT and Business
  • Provide toolset selection for project management and code maintenance
  • Set standards for vendors on performance expectations, methodologies, reporting, and deliverables, and lead or participate in pricing and contractual negotiations
  • Position will require candidate to:
  • Select and implement appropriate methodologies to be used on projects, and educate stakeholders – e.g. Agile, Waterfall, etc.
  • Work with information governance, audit, and legal to ensure all IT projects comply with Lincoln Electric standards
  • Provide forward looking insight to business and IT leadership on emerging trends and technologies
  • Support strategic project planning by providing project portfolio reporting and PM perspective on project timing, resource capacity, change management implications and alignment with strategic objectives
  • Assumes additional responsibilities as needed or directed in support of the Company’s 2025 Strategy.



  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Engineering, Business Management, or similar degree
  • Minimum of 7 years in industry, 5 years leading IT project teams
  • Experience establishing business justification and project budget, tracking spend and communicating current and projected resource burn rates
  • Experience with effective program/project portfolio management standards, tools and techniques
  • Quick learner on varied technical platforms and forward looking on emerging technologies that may bring value to the business
  • Vendor management skills in selection, negotiations and building long term “win-win” relationships
  • Experience working in a matrixed operating model and managing multiple stakeholders in IT and Business
  • Strong communicator, collaborator and negotiator; builds effective internal and external relationships
  • Ability to explain complex technology, and technology impact, in business terms
  • Effective listening skills, focusing on determining business needs first to drive technical solutions
  • Able to lead diverse business and technical teams across multi-site environments over a broad geography
  • Demonstrated skills in managing IT projects in a complex and dynamic environment involving multiple applications and technology platforms
  • Proficient in spoken and written English
  • Ability to travel to remote (domestic and international) locations, with travel demands varying by project from 0 to 10%
  • PMP, Agile, and/or Lean Six Sigma certification a plus
  • Manufacturing industry experience with exposure to make-to-stock, make-to-order and/or engineer-to-order business models a plus
  • The following source-to-pay related skills/experience, though not required, will be given special consideration:
    • Experience integrating SAP Ariba with SAP ECC or S/4 HANA a plus
    • Experience implementing SAP Procure-to-Pay or sourcing capabilities a plus
    • Functional source-to-pay process knowledge a plus
    • SAP Ariba skills in any of the following modules a plus:
      • Ariba Buying and Invoicing
      • Ariba Guided Buying
      • Ariba Catalog
      • Ariba Sourcing
      • Ariba Spend Analysis
      • Ariba Contract Management
      • Ariba Supplier Lifecycle & Performance
      • Ariba Supply Chain Collaboration



Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their race, color, religion, national origin, sex, protected veteran status or disability.


Lincoln Electric is a $3.2B publicly traded company (NASDAQ) with over 11,000 employees around the world.  With operations in over 56 manufacturing locations in 19 countries, we are well positioned to continue this partnership and poised to grow with our customers. As a part of that continuing legacy, you will contribute to a new generation of innovation and experience the pride that comes with being part of the solution to the world’s challenges.  It is a great time to be part of the welding industry!


Lincoln Electric does not accept unsolicited resumes from third-party recruiters.  Resumes submitted to any employee(s) of Lincoln Electric without a signed vendor agreement, by the Manager of Recruiting & Training, will become property of Lincoln Electric.  Verbal or written commitments from any other member of Lincoln Electric will not be considered binding terms.  Lincoln Electric will not pay a fee to any third-party recruiter that has not coordinated their recruiting activity through the Recruiting Department.


Employment Status: Salary Full-Time 
Function: Information Technology 
Section:  Lincoln Cleveland (US10) 

EOE, including disability/veterans

Nearest Major Market: Cleveland

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