Performance Management Group Analyst
Watco Companies - Overland Park, KS

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General Summary:

The purpose of the Performance Management Group is identify, prioritize, plan and execute on company-wide performance management process initiatives to sustainably improve the way Watco Companies, L.L.C. operates.

This is a newly formed group that will:

• Identify areas of improvement and areas of best practice across the organization
• Prioritize the initiatives to obtain the most sustainable value and return, gain agreement from the Steering Committee
• Plan the initiatives and projects
• Execute and train stakeholders on how to implement and sustainability benefit from initiatives
• Follow-up and report on the sustainability and effectiveness of initiatives
• Continuously improve Watco's Performance Management Process

The Analyst - Performance Management Group is responsible and accountable for certain assigned performance management initiatives in direct support of the Performance Management Group's purpose. This individual will work both individually and with other Performance Management Group team members and operations and support service personnel to make meaningful and sustainable system-wide improvements.

The Analyst - Performance Management Group is successful if they meet or exceed expectations in these general areas while driving the initiatives described above:

• Consistent demonstration of an effective understanding of the Company's Customer First Foundation Principles in all things they do
• Effective utilization of process documentation and improvement skills to drive process improvements
• Demonstration and consistent application of effective project management skills
• Effective utilization of problem solving skills, including root cause analysis
• Effective change management and implementation skills
• Effective communication with all levels of the organization using various communication methods (presentation, e-mail, phone, one-on-one, written and oral)
• Active involvement in continuous process improvement efforts (self, functional and cross-functional)

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned, as requested or required.

• Providing a high level of customer service, continuous support and proactive involvement to leadership and peers on reporting and analysis of metrics
• Conducting business-specific research, analyzing data, interpreting results and making recommendations
• Meeting customer needs by providing sound service and responsiveness when performing root cause analysis for understanding performance metrics
• Consistently anticipating and delivering against a defined project and action plan
• Developing and maintaining effective working relationships with Team Members at all levels of the company
• Offering ideas and suggestions to improve moderately complex work processes and projects
• Providing advice, education, training and encouragement to others
• Providing a high level of customer service, continuous support and proactive involvement to leadership and peers
• Actively seeking ways to build challenges and add value within scope of assignments -
• Contributing to solutions by taking initiative to develop alternatives and recommendations -
• Utilizing best practices and techniques for addressing customer concerns
• Writing, or assisting with getting written, Standard Operating Procedures, Work Instructions, and Local Operating Procedure documents relating to policy and procedures
• Actively representing the company's interests
• Direct point of contact for information requests, questions, or comments concerning assigned responsibilities
• Proactively communicating with customers to anticipate and solve problems


Bachelor's degree or equivalent training and/or experience
4-8 years of specialized process improvement experience
4-8 years of project management experience

Certificates and Licenses:
Some combination of professional certifications related to Project Management, Information Technology, Accounting, Finance, Human Resources, Training, Process Improvement, and Quality Systems highly desired

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

• The following skills and abilities are required:
o High level of customer focus
o High level of problem solving skills
o High level of process improvement skills
o High level of initiative and self-motivation
o Ability to plan and execute a detailed project plan
o Ability to understand processes quickly
o Effective communication skills
o Desire and ability to learn and implement new skills
o Ability to work at a detailed level, yet still see, understand and convey the relationship to "the big picture"
o Ability to work as a team and independently
o High degree of adaptability
o Able to manage multiple projects simultaneously

• The following skills and abilities are highly desired:
o High level of proficiency with Microsoft Excel
o High level of proficiency with Microsoft Word
o High level of proficiency with Microsoft Outlook

• The following skills and abilities are desired:
o Working knowledge of SAP
o Working knowledge of Visio
o Working knowledge of Microsoft Project

Physical Demands:
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.
Must be able to work in various environments generally to include railroad facilities, railcar repair facilities, port environments, terminal and transloading environments, and general office environments 100% of the time.
Must be able to sit at desk to perform duties 60% of time.
Must be able to use hands to finger and feel keys on keyboards and calculators 70% of time.
Must be able to reach with hands and arms to file, grasp, and maneuver paperwork; and/or reach and operate personal computer and office equipment 100% of time.
Must be able to stoop or kneel to reach file drawers, cabinets 30% of time.
Must have close vision and ability to adjust focus to operate personal computer, calculate, compile and enter information from various sources 80% of the time.
Must be able to talk and hear to communicate with co-workers, workers in other locations, business associates, and management 100% of time.
Physical Dimensions:
The employee in this job is required to exert up to 35 pounds of force occasionally.

Work Environment:
Must be able to travel up to 25%-50%
Supervisory Responsibilities:

Employees in this role have currently have no direct supervisory responsibilities

Note: The statements herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. Additional responsibilities may be assigned as required

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