JEFF KENT

Project Management/Innovation Strategy

416-356-1195 • jeffkent@rogers.com

SUMMARY

Several years of versatile project management and dynamic technology innovation strategy.

SKILLS/STRENGTHS

  • Waterfall and Agile methodologies; An analytical thinker, able to identify business risk and efficiencies.
  • Develop project scopes, plans, objectives, and KPI's; Track milestones and deliverables; MS Project.
  • Strong stakeholder / client presenter, cross-functional team leader, collaborator and negotiator; PowerPoints.
  • Business strategy, risk analysis and planning; Business Model and Strategy Canvases.
  • Financial management, planning, analysis and project budgeting; Strategy Mapping, Balanced Score Card, Activity Based Costing, and MS Excel.
  • Identify and analyze industry trends and write assessment reports; Strategy & Market Validation Canvases.
  • Lead group innovation and design thinking workshops: Concept Mapping, Affinity Diagrams, Story Boards.

EXPERIENCE

RAMP Group Inc. – Project Manager; Waterloo, (2017).

  • Determined resources for completing large innovation projects on time and within budget using MS Project.
  • Using Agile processes, managed complex production innovation projects for multi-national manufacturing clients.
  • Managed client relationships through email, team WebEx meetings, phone and onsite meetings; PPT's.
  • Managed budget forecasts and wrote client status reports with MS Excel; Wrote change order requests.

TD Bank Enterprise & Innovation Lab – Innovation Program Analyst; Communitech Hub, Kitchener, (2016).

  • Researched innovation articles and methodologies to help assess and evaluate TD's partner innovation projects. Interviewed senior managers, wrote analysis reports and made presentations to unit manager.
  • Using Agile methods, developed several digital TD template tools, from data analysis, for improved partner transparency. 

Eleven-x (start-up) – Business Analyst; The Accelerator Centre, Waterloo, (2015-16). 
Wireless IoT network system builders and innovative microprocessor engineers.

  • Researched, interviewed and analyzed wireless semiconductor companies to gain strategic industry information.
  • Compiled a strategic database of potential partners and clients and wrote industry analysis reports.

JDK Project Consulting –  Project Manager / Consultant; Toronto, (2010-15).

  • Global technology research; Production technology consulting, reports and client presentations.
  • Efficiency and innovation project management and strategy development – Short-term contracts.

Stackpole International – Automation Project Manager; Mississauga, (2000-09)
Multi-national designer and manufacturer of precision engineered powertrain components and systems.

  • Working with Waterfall methodologies, implemented in-process data analytics with innovative programming techniques on several projects. Scrap rate was reduced by 18%.
  • Using the Agile process approach, increased operations throughput with innovative automation programming. Revenues were increased by 150% over a 7-year period.
  • Strategized with management on operations improvements. Using Agile processes, analyzed in-process programs then led re-programming initiative for improved efficiency. Cycle times were reduced by 33%.
  • Monitored project milestones and deliverables against schedules, budgets and KPI's.
  • Prioritized advanced technology solutions with Sr. management. Managed numerous automation projects, defining scopes, objectives and plans. Output quadrupled in 8 years, reducing costs up to 50%.
  • Monitored and analyzed project supplier procurements and developed new vendor partner specifications for components and systems. Attained project discount agreements of 14% to 20%.
  • Wrote technical reference manuals and trained personnel on updated automation equipment.

VOLUNTEER WORK

KMRA Non-Profit Association – Founder and President; Mississauga/Haliburton, (1999-2011) 
A members’ association to fund, build, and maintain a private cottage road.

  • Collaborated with 3 levels of government and consulted project stakeholders on an effective road design. Analyzed scenarios and made several presentations. Project approved within 6 months.
  • Developed project scope, objectives, plans and capitalization budget. Deliverables completed on budget and schedule within tight permit deadlines. Developed association policies with members.

EDUCATION

Masters – Business, Entrepreneurship, and Technology (MBET), University of Waterloo, (2015-16).

  • An innovative accelerated business degree specializing in entrepreneurship and technology.
    • Norman Esch Scholarship Award for thorough research and business plan.

Honours Bachelor – Business Administration in Management (BAS), York University, (2011-15).

  • Key Electives: Project Management, Technology Mgmt., Business Strategy, Managing Teams, Digital Marketing, Qualitative Research Methods, Mgmt. Information Systems.
    • On the Dean's List.

Diploma – Industrial Control Systems, Automation (mechatronics), Humber College.

PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATES

  • Fundamentals of Management Consulting (CMC), University of Waterloo, (2016).
  • Technical Sales (TSC), University of Waterloo, (2016).
  • Project Management, York University, (2014).
    • Required PMBOK education and practical completed for writing the PMP certification exam.
  • Canadian Securities Course (CSC); Personal Financial Planning (PFP); Conduct & Practices Handbook (CPH), Canadian Securities Institute, (2009-11).