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Kelly Services Sr. Project Manager in Naperville, Illinois

Direct Hire opportunities available for Senior Project Managers who will support small to large complex material handling projects across the US. Our customer is an industry expert providing automated solutions for manufacturing, warehouse, and distribution environments. This role will be based near a field office with remote options available. Complex projects may contain or consist of complex PLC controls software, complex WMS software, high-speed carton, and package conveyance and sort subsystems, pallet handling systems, etc. Willingness to travel 50% required.

  • Responsible for the delivery of complex project plans

  • Supports the project management role (definition of schedule, budget, risk, change, opportunity, and resource allocation management) for projects.

  • Supports execution of continuous improvement plans.

  • Provide an active support role in maintaining client relationships and sales opportunities.

  • Defines workflows, jobs, and reporting relationships of a project team to obtain optimum effectiveness.

  • Support development of departmental budgets and business plans for functional areas.

  • Participate in evaluating and recommending changes in methods or procedures in own area of responsibility.

  • Identify resource requirements with supporting plans and justification.

  • Troubleshoot and resolve complex problems.

  • Support recommending/ determining organizational structures and supervisory relationships for assigned functions.

  • Ownership for all issues, from commercial to personnel behaviors, in the interest of the overall success of the project.


  • Typically Bachelors Degree preferred

  • PMP certification

  • 5-8 years of successful experience in a related field

  • Willingness to travel 50%.

  • Experience with planning, management, and execution of highly complex material handling systems

  • Understanding and knowledge of various controls architectures, related controls levels, and the functionality of controls domains, inclusive of WMS and WCS integration

  • Ability to develop detailed project schedules inclusive of all in-scope engineering, installation, and integration schedule activities impacting project execution

  • Development and execute equipment, subsystem, and system commissioning and integration test plans

  • Knowledge of 3rd party procurement including the development of RFPs/RFQs, bid review and assessment, and contract award in cooperation with purchasing resources

  • Ability to execute change control, approvals, and information exchange involving several stakeholders, including a large number of subcontractors.

  • Ability to coordinate activities by internal resources as well as owner/general contractor resources and recognize early and proactively issues that require corrective action and impact on timely execution

Why Kelly ® ?

As a worker today, it’s up to you to take charge of your career and look for opportunities to learn, grow, and achieve your potential. Helping you find what’s next is what we’re all about. We know what’s going on in the evolving world of work—just ask the 440,000 people we employ each year. Connecting with us means getting the support, guidance, and opportunities needed to take your career where you may have never imagined.

About Kelly ®

At Kelly, we’re always thinking about what’s next and advising job seekers on new ways of working to reach their full potential. In fact, we’re a leading advocate for temporary/nontraditional workstyles, because we believe they allow flexibility and tremendous growth opportunities that enable a better way to work and live (plus, did we mention we provide a ton of benefits ?). Connecting great people with great companies is what we do best, and our employment opportunities span a wide variety of workstyles, skill levels, and industries around the world.

Kelly is an equal opportunity employer committed to employing a diverse workforce and providing accommodations for people with disabilities in all parts of the hiring process as required under its Employment Accommodation Policy. Kelly will work with applicants to meet accommodation needs that are made known to Kelly in advance.