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Product Strategic Manager

Date: Apr 14, 2021

Location: Chicago, IL, US, 60606

Company: Glanbia



Reports To:                    Director, Product Strategic Management   

Department:                   Product & Innovation

Location:                        Remote; key areas preferred include Chicago, IL, Raleigh, NC, Sioux Falls, SD and surrounding areas

Exempt Status:              Exempt


At Glanbia Nutritionals Inc., our portfolio centers around dairy and non-dairy nutritional ingredients. We co-innovate and deliver ingredient solutions and precision premixes for use in the mainstream food and beverage, infant and clinical, and functional nutrition markets. We are the number one provider of whey-based nutritional ingredients globally and the number one producer of American-style cheddar cheese. Our protein systems have transformed the bar and beverage categories — bringing increased levels of protein, cleaner labels and greater product functionality to market. We have a direct presence in 21 countries, with manufacturing facilities in the US, Germany and China, and international sales and technical offices around the world.



This position is responsible for the Strategic Product Management of the Plant Based Nutrition Portfolio at Glanbia Nutritionals in the USA and Canada.  This position will share P&L responsibility for the product group, including seeds/grains & plant protein, and will be responsible for developing business initiatives and leading new market and/or business opportunities. 

This position is a key link between supporting existing business and developing future growth. This role involves working in a cross functional, global team on a day to day basis to execute on strategic plans.



  • Contributes to the overall P&L management of the Plant Based Nutrition business in the USA and Canada, with direct responsibility for assigned product lines.
  • Contributes to setting budgets and forecasts throughout the year and reporting on a monthly and annual basis. Responsible for driving assigned business to adhere to these budgets and forecasts.
  • Works with PSM team to develop a comprehensive strategy to drive the Plant Based Nutrition business in North America and support entry into new markets, utilizing internal and external assets as appropriate.
  • Works with Market Insights & R&D to identify appropriate product(s) for promotion into new or existing markets, generate data & insights to support value proposition via sales tools, direct prototype development needed to support sales efforts, and/or define and drive the innovation pipeline for responsible product group.
  • Maintains and drives the customer opportunity pipeline.
  • Maintains relationships with key customers and internal stakeholders.
  • Maintains relationship with key supplier partners as appropriate.
  • Maintains and develops knowledge in the Plant Based Nutrition market to act as the subject matter expert in Glanbia Nutritionals.
  • Provides sales training where needed.
  • Participates in joint customer calls with sales as the product expert.
  • Be a member and leader of cross functional teams where necessary. Act as liaison for internal customers (sales, finance, customer service, purchasing, marketing, operations) for day-to-day product related strategies.
  • Supports new global market opportunities identified by the core team and provides recommendations based on market research
  • Supports regions outside the US, and works collaboratively to apply best practices across the globe



  • The ideal candidate must possess excellent interpersonal communication and relationship building skills and an open mind to manage cross-functional teams
  • Must possess a Bachelor’s Degree (Preferred Masters or MBA), preferably in a scientific background (Food Science, Nutrition Science)
  • At least 7 yrs related experience within Plant Based ingredients or Plant Based consumer products.
  • Must be experienced in a business development, product management, or similar commercial / marketing role.


Knowledge, Skills & Competencies:         

  • Knowledge of Plant based foods is essential, with a passion for the market and consumer
  • Ability to effectively communicate verbally and in written form with co-workers, top management, internal and external customers including excellent writing and presentation skills.
  • Effective collaborator able to work in project teams and across changing structures within a high-growth business.
  • Effective organizational skills in scoping projects tracking projects, etc.
  • Ability to be resourceful in locating information needed to complete projects.
  • Excellent content development skills including ability to craft visual and/or written narratives.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team environment and possess team-based problem solving skills.
  • Must be oriented toward accomplishment of team goals and results focused.
  • Ability to consistently meet deadlines.
  • Ability to persuade.       
  • Must be a strategic thinker, highly analytical, with good problem solving skills and comfortable with assessing market/business opportunities understanding statistics.
  • Must be self-motivated and able to work independently
  • Proficient with MS Word, Excel (Pivot Tables), Outlook, and PowerPoint.



  • Regularly involves talking or listening, sitting, and the use of hands and fingers.
  • Regularly involves going up and down stairs.
  • Frequently involves reaching with hands and arms, standing and walking.
  • Occasionally involves crouching, stooping, kneeling and/or climbing or balancing.
  • Must be able to lift and carry items weighing up to 25 pounds.
  • Manual dexterity sufficient to reach/handle items, works with the fingers, and perceives attributes of objects and materials.
  • Involves moderate physical activity performing non-strenuous daily activities of a primarily administrative nature.


Typical Environmental Conditions

  • May be exposed to moderate noise levels (i.e. office equipment, light traffic).
  • May be exposed to moderate to high noise levels (i.e. production equipment, forklifts, heavy traffic).
  • May be exposed to humidity, intense heat and cold, outdoor weather conditions, and fumes and toxic chemicals.
  • May work in areas with mechanical moving parts, above ground with risk of fall, or areas with risk of electrical shock.



  • Minimal overnight travel (up to 30%) by land and/or air.



Must perform the essential duties and responsibilities with or without reasonable accommodation efficiently and accurately without causing significant safety threat to self or others.  The above statements 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/or skills required of all personnel so classified.


Are you someone who likes to make it happen, make it better and make it fun? If so, our company offers you an excellent opportunity to do really interesting work and develop a career in a dynamic and innovative environment that is all about making you and our business successful.

Nearest Major Market: Chicago