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Sarah Ratekin

Sarah Ratekin

Senior Project Manager / Portfolio Manager

Pace Analytical / Elanco

Indianapolis, Indiana Area, us

Sarah is a strategic leader developing and managing high-functioning global teams. She facilitates collaboration focused on the sweet spot of function, form and performance. With a strong work ethic, integrity and problem-solving attitude, she's willing to get her hands dirty to drive operational excellence, and is ...

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Pace Analytical / Elanco

Senior Project Manager / Portfolio Manager

I'm exceptionally fortunate. I get to do all the things I love with a team of incredible people. I am the senior project manager for a global R&D team. I often say "I herd really smart cats", but that's not 100% true. Together, my team and I drive towards making the world's food supply safer, and more secure. I also deliver data analysis and visualizations to drive executive leadership decisions on major portfolio strategies. Along the way, I mentor junior colleagues, design effective and user-friendly collaboration spaces, and provide training and learning to colleagues throughout the organization.

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Western Governors University

M.Sc., Management & Leadership

Strategic management and leadership skills involve more than just memorizing HR laws. Having an opportunity to really explore and learn about the deeper hard AND soft skills that go into being a leader has allowed me to provide greater value to my organization, the community groups where I volunteer, and even in my personal life.

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Pace Analytical / Elanco

Senior Project Manager / Portfolio Manager

• Manage projects for multiple R&D teams through project life cycle (planning/executing/closing, budget, risks, etc.)
• Facilitate planning sessions to optimize timelines, manage risk, and identify resourcing concerns
• Define, evaluate and continuously improve project and business management processes, tools and templates
• Primary SharePoint Steward/Administrator for Food Animal R&D; SME assisting other divisions
• Analyze and visualize data for senior management
• Create, implement and maintain harmonized collaboration spaces to standardize all sites throughout the division, resulting in significant time savings across all levels of the organization and improved collaboration for teams
• Mentor junior team members to grow maturity of the Project Management Organization

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