Jennifer (Jenny) Wein, PMP, MBA, MS, CPA

Jennifer (Jenny) Wein, PMP, MBA, MS, CPA

Information Technology Manager

Great Lakes Water Authority

Jennifer Wein is an IT and finance leader with over 15 years of expertise in business transformation and technology modernization, taking capabilities and the IT return on investment to the next level for organizations focused on environmental sustainability. She operates at the intersection of people, processes, and technology; emphasizing strategy and technology adoption to optimize organizations’ talent and delivery of their missions.

In Ms. Wein’s role at the Great Lakes Water Authority (GLWA) in southeast Michigan, she partners with GLWA’s Chiefs and Directors on the organization’s strategy, the IT Department’s respective alignment, and change management initiatives to modernize the organization. Prior to joining GLWA, Ms. Wein was an IT Manager/Consultant at Plante Moran, PLLC.  

People

Ms. Wein facilitates executive-level, cross-functional governance teams and has revitalized her team of direct reports by building an innovative culture of collaboration, continuous learning, and room to fail. In addition, she oversees project managers and other IT team members in a matrix reporting structure. Her experience includes reorganizing reporting structures for her own teams as well as providing recommendations to as a consultant other organizations.

Policies & Procedures

In Ms. Wein’s current role, to streamline and stabilize team operations she eliminated unnecessary activities and automated numerous interfaces and workflow processes. Prior to her current role, she advanced the maturity of GLWA’s IT PMO through overseeing the development of capacity planning and program management dashboards, operationalizing industry best practices for risk management, and strengthening project intake and prioritization tools. Her projects have included policy improvements and business process mapping with recommendations that would reallocate up to 90 employees to activities with greater impact.  

Technology

Ms. Wein oversees technology selections, procurements, implementations, and ongoing maintenance. She has negotiated contracts of up to $13M for ERP systems and has netted 8% annual savings on the licenses for her team’s 20+ software applications. Throughout her career she has implemented 19 ERP, operational, and related systems for 30+ organizations with up to 2,000 employees. Her projects had up to $67M in cost-saving opportunities and 3X ROI for investments of up to $24M.

Ms. Wein’s early career includes auditing organizations’ financial data quality and reports, where she was sought out for her ability to streamline audit processes. Ms. Wein holds an MBA and a Master of Science in Sustainable Systems from the University of Michigan. Outside of work, Ms. Wein is a Board and Finance Committee Member for the Michigan Organization on Adolescent Sexual Health. She also maintains habitats for native wildlife and is a local real estate investor.

Publications

Best Practices for Michigan Local Government Business Processes