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Project Manager, XPRIZE Feed The Next Billion


POSITION TITLE:
Project Manager – XPRIZE Feed the Next Billion
DEPARTMENT:
Food, Water, and Waste Domain
REPORTS TO:
Program Manager – XPRIZE Feed the Next Billion
LOCATION:
Remote (XPRIZE operates on Pacific Time)

XPRIZE Overview

XPRIZE is a global future-positive movement of 1M people and rising. As a 501(c)3, XPRIZE delivers truly radical breakthroughs for the benefit of humanity and solves some of the world’s greatest challenges. Active competitions include the $100M XPRIZE Carbon Removal, the $15M XPRIZE Feed the Next Billion, the $10M ANA Avatar XPRIZE, the $10M XPRIZE Rainforest and the $5M XPRIZE Rapid Reskilling. Join XPRIZE to help create a better future for everyone, everywhere.

XPRIZE Feed the Next Billion

XPRIZE Feed the Next Billion is a $15M competition that will incentivize teams to produce chicken breast or fish fillet alternatives that replicate or outperform conventional chicken and fish in: access, environmental sustainability, animal welfare, nutrition and health, as well as taste and texture.

The winning team will develop multiple consistent cuts of chicken breast or fish fillet alternatives (85-115 grams / 3-4 ounces) that replicate the sensory properties, structure, versatility, and nutritional profile of conventional chicken or fish, while having a minimal environmental footprint. A bonus prize will be awarded to the team that develops a scalable whole-animal-origin-free growth media at the lowest production cost and that uses this media to produce their final product.

Position Description:

XPRIZE is seeking an experienced Project Manager who brings extensive professional experience driving large, complex projects across an ecosystem of diverse entities, as part of coordinating the activities (day to day operations and milestone events) associated with XPRIZE Feed the Next Billion. The Project Manager will create project plans and coordinate partners to execute the day-to-day activities associated with Prize events, projects, and communications in accordance with project budget and timeline. To achieve this, the Project Manager is expected to work and plan across different XPRIZE departments such as marketing, IT, and partnership as well as external partners and vendors who contribute to Prize deliverables.

*** This is a hybrid remote role with 40 % domestic and international travel ***

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Reporting to the Prize Lead, provides overall project management support for the prize.
  • Creates the prize project plan to ensure all parties are tracking towards deadlines successfully.
  • Develops and manages internal knowledge base of the prize through various project management tools like Google Drive, Smartsheets, etc.
  • Administers official paperwork like contact distribution lists, contracts, certificates, licenses, permits, expense reporting, etc.
  • Under guidance of the Prize Lead, is responsible for generating internal and external prize updates.
  • Responsible for tracking the project plan, scope of work with vendors/consultants, and works with the Prize Lead to ensure the competition is running efficiently and effectively.
  • Accountable for all staff travel to events and conferences related to the prize.
  • Accountable for all travel requirements of teams, judges and staff.
  • Tracks budget and expenditures and updates the prize budget accordingly to match the Foundation’s reforecasting yearly budget cycle.
  • Responsible for event planning including workshops, team summits, and judging summits.
  • Represents the prize at internal and external meetings, including giving presentations about the prize when needed.
  • Responsible for risk identification and developing mitigation strategies in collaboration with the Prize Lead.
  • Work closely with the VP Marketing to align the marketing and business goals.
  • Work with marketing specialists to ensure that Prize communications are delivered as expected and with quality.

Travel

Domestic and International travel for this role may vary over the course of the prize but is expected to be 40% on average. Candidates must have a current passport and must be willing to comply with international travel rules associated with COVID-19.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s of Science
  • 4 years of work experience in project management within a similar industry
  • Ability to lead meetings, webinars, workshops, etc.
  • Experience building and working with Ecosystems and partner organizations
  • Demonstrated budget management experience
  • Project management and leadership experience
  • Skilled in interacting with professionals at all levels of authority within major corporations, government agencies, and research institutions
  • Strong business writing and professional verbal communication skills
  • Ability to thrive and think creatively and calmly in highly fluid situations and under intense schedules and deadlines
  • Highly diplomatic, with proven crisis management experience

Competencies required for this role

  • Action Oriented
  • Manages Ambiguity
  • Collaborates internally and externally
  • Communicates effectively and professionally
  • Manages Complexity
  • Nimble Learning
  • Plans and Aligns
  • Builds Networks
  • Drives Results
  • Situational Adaptability
  • Global Perspective

The XPRIZE FOUNDATION is an equal opportunity employer and does not unlawfully discriminate in employment. Equal access to employment, services, and programs is available to all persons. Those applicants requiring reasonable accommodation to the application and/or interview process should notify a representative of the organization.

Please note: Though submitting a resume to the XPRIZE FOUNDATION implies that you are interested in a position(s), it does not imply that you are an applicant. You are not considered an applicant until you have been contacted directly by a Talent Acquisitions representative requesting that you begin the designated application process, which may involve phone and/or in-person interview(s), job-related testing, and background checks.