Brannon Wakeland

"Once you stop learning, you start dying." – Albert Einstein

Brannon Wakeland

BACKGROUND

  • Project Management
  • Operational Leadership
  • Process Improvements
  • Quality Assurance
  • PSM I (Professional Scrum Master)
  • Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt

EDUCATION

Indiana State University

– Master of Science

Occupational Safety MGMT

Purdue University

– Bachelor of Science

Biochemistry

SPECIALTIES

  • Program and Project Management
  • Special Projects
  • Technical Problem Solving

INDUSTRY EXPERIENCE

  • Business Operational Readiness
  • Information Technology
  • Business Analytics
  • Strategic Partnerships

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

  • Responsible for managing IT and Business projects – oversee complete project lifecycle, from project conception, planning, execution, controls, to closing the project
  • Manage the project team, artifacts, tasks, dependencies, budget, progress, and communication throughout the project
  • Lead team meetings to understand progress and impediments
  • Proactively monitor and control all aspects of projects; providing support to all team members as needed
  • Develop and manage relationships with project team members, project sponsors, stakeholders, business customers, and the project steering committee
  • Utilize the management of project work through MS Project, JIRA, and Wave.
  • Create and maintain business benefit realization metrics.
  • Lead several projects in parallel as the Business Project Manager.
  • Responsible for outlining opportunities for enhancements to projects and implementations
  • Ability to maintain quality service by understanding organization standards
  • Knowledge and experience with communications and reporting for project teams, stakeholders, and executives
  • Work with the management team to coordinate all project activities related to operations, technology, finance, and human resources
  • Coordinated complex product launches, new system implementations, cost savings initiatives, product re-launch/refresh, and specification changes
  • Led daily/weekly/monthly meetings, documented minutes, assigned tasks, tracked progress, and provided project path recommendations
  • Controlled scope, managed change control process, and tracked anticipated problems
  • Point of contact between all internal support groups and customer contacts to ensure clearly defined projects and tasks
  • Controlled contractual and scheduling deadlines between delivery vendor teams
  • Managed between 10-30 ongoing manufacturing projects on a 3-24 month timeline

Brannon Wakeland

"Once you stop learning, you start dying." – Albert Einstein

Brannon comes to Bulldog with project management experience in the manufacturing industry. She’s been recognized for being the go-to person for all key stakeholders across her teams. She is known for her ability to intake and process new information at lightning speed which enhances her ability to have a short response time for her clients. Her passion and grit for her work has led to her success across every project she’s driven. If there is something to learn, she will learn it. Digging into the details and getting her hands dirty to get the project done successfully is an essential for Brannon. This has led to the successful launch and delivery of hundreds of products on the market all while managing several fortune 500 accounts.

FUN FACTS

Favorite show:

Yellowstone

Describe yourself in three words:

Sharp, dependable, strategic

Favorite hobby:

Gardening and canning