Senior Strategy Project Manager

 Coles Express  Hawthorn East 

Requisition ID: 52494 

Employment Type: Full time 

Good things start here

This could be the very first step towards an exciting new career with us – a fresh beginning. At the Coles Group, these are moments we live for.

Starting good things is what drives our purpose: to sustainably feed all Australians so they can lead healthier, happier lives. With a team of 120,000 people and an iconic portfolio of Australia’s most trusted brands, we’re perfectly positioned to turn a promising start into a whole lot more.


With over 700 stores across the country, Coles Express is one of Australia’s leading fuel and convenience retailers. Whether it’s filling up the car, grabbing food to go, or topping up essential groceries, we’re here when you need us most. We’re also growing and innovating every day, so it’s an exciting time to get involved.


About the role

The Senior Strategy Project Manager is a pivotal role within the Express business which will support the Head of Strategic Initiatives in developing and monitoring the delivery of the transformation roadmap.


What you’ll be doing

You will partner with the Senior Leadership team within Coles Express to lead and deliver cross-functional strategic initiatives, ensuring they are delivered on time, on budget, and that the business benefits are realised.


Other ways you’ll make an impact:

  • analyse key business problems and develop pragmatic solutions and implementation roadmaps
  • build solid business cases for approval, detailing business financial benefits and resource estimates required to support project development and execution
  • develop and execute engagement and communication plans for all identified business stakeholders
  • Mobilise teams cross-functionally across Commercial (Marketing, Merch, Commercial Excellence), Operations, Safety, Security, State teams, Formats, Store Development, Finance, P&C, Digital.
  • establish and implement strong project governance that ensures regular reporting for steering committee, senior leadership teams and project stakeholders
  • Take part in building and keeping alive a safe, inclusive and positive work environment for the team
  • Possibly take part in high-impact activities of  our Sustainability roadmap, working closely with partners partners


Good things you’ll need

We are looking for a knowledgeable Senior Project Manager or Program Manager with demonstrated experience in project managing significant programs and mid-large scale business initiatives, with an outstanding working knowledge of change management principles and performance evaluation processes.

You’ll have an optimistic attitude with a strong ability to build relationships, challenge respectfully and bring new perspectives to the table. A good listener, you bring people together to achieve strategic goals and have a flexible and resilient mindset that enables you to pivot as needed and embrace change.


You’ll also need

  • experience working closely with senior management, ideally in consumer-led clients / businesses
  • proven ability to manage project governance, scheduling, financial and resource management, change control, risks, issues, and assumptions
  • strong end to end project management skills, with experience delivering key strategic transformation projects (including project governance, work planning, financial and resource management, change management, risk & issues, hypotheses building)
  • a breadth of knowledge within retail organization and business processes is highly regarded
  • experience leading virtual teams and working across functional matrix organisations to deliver results
  • management consulting and strategy backgrounds highly regarded, as is experience in Business Improvement Methodologies
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills,
  • Excellent verbal and written communication and confidence presenting to senior stakeholders #LI-BU

Why Coles?
You’re joining a culture that truly cares about your wellbeing, values what you do and celebrates your success. We’ll invest in you and your career with best practice training, development, and leadership programs. You’ll also receive fantastic team member discounts across our supermarkets and brands.

As part of our focus on achieving a gender balanced workforce, we belong to the WORK180 network as an endorsed employer for women. Our commitment to helping all women thrive in the workplace includes initiatives such as our recently updated parental leave policy, flexible working options and our Employee Assistance Program.

You can explore all this and more at our Coles Careers website. 

For everyone who shares our passion
We encourage applications from people of all ages, nationalities, abilities and cultures – including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, the LGBTQI+ community and people living with disability. We’re happy to adjust our recruitment process to support accessibility needs – so reach out to us at www.careers.colesgroup.com.au > Careers for everyone > Disability employment.

We’d love to meet you
If you have the skills, experience and motivation to succeed in this role, please take the next step and submit your application.