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Manager, Strategy & Product Management

Date: Jun 27, 2019

Location: Chicago, IL, US, 60606

Company: Glanbia

Reports To:                       VP PSM, Cheese     

Department:                      Product & Innovation        

Location:                           Twin Falls, Chicago, Madison WI           

Exempt Status:                 Exempt, Salaried


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 part of a team responsible for the strategy and product line P&L of the Cheese business in the USA/Canada within Glanbia Nutritionals.  This position will be responsible for developing business initiatives spanning across innovation/ new product development, strategy, customer related opportunities and operational improvement projects.


This position plays a key role in managing and directing development of the Cheese business, with an aim to both manage the profitability of the existing business and identify and execute on avenues to grow the business in the future.   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 – working across R&D, operations, finance and the commercial team to deliver on key elements of the strategy.





  • Acts as a key member of the Cheese PSM team, responsible for the overall strategy and P&L of the Cheese business
  • Contribute to the development of the Cheese strategic plan and key strategic initiatives for the Cheese business
  • Responsible for the innovation strategy and pipeline of new product in Cheese – from overall strategy to execution of specific NPD projects
  • Responsible for developing business cases and clear financial return expectations for various business initiatives
  • Collaborates with the Insights team and other sources to build deep market knowledge of the cheese business from a customer, consumer and competitive standpoint in order to fully define the new target markets and opportunities.
  • Works with other departments to facilitate delivery of innovation, customer collaboration and operational improvement projects
  • Maintains relationships with key customers and participates in joint customer calls with sales as the product expert, with a focus on building demand for innovation related products with our customers
  • 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.


Performance Indications (Related to Above Tasks and Responsibilities):

  • Strong leadership and persuasive skills in managing projects. Leading best in class product management to deliver optimum returns across the organization, i.e. cross-functional teams.
  • Approaches the role with a sense of ownership & fun
  • Evidence of timely results and ability to deliver growth and profitability.
  • Ability to establish priorities and maintain multiple priorities and tasks at one time.
  • Well-developed organizational and inter personal skills. A self-starter and self-motivated individual with a positive attitude and influence on the organization.
  • Strong desire and ability to work in fast paced deadline orientated environment.
  • Ability to exercise independent judgment by identifying and strategically navigating complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Proven ability choosing appropriate course of action while considering related costs and benefits.
  • Must be able to perform and communicate cross-functionally.




Education, Training:      

Must possess a Bachelor’s Degree (Preferred Masters or MBA).


The ideal candidate must possess excellent interpersonal communication and relationship building skills and an open mind to manage cross-functional teams.


Experience Required:   

5-10 yrs. related experience within the food and/or ingredients space, preferably with knowledge of dairy products and/or ingredients.


Must be experienced in a product management, business development or similar commercial/ marketing role.


Knowledge, Skills & Competencies:      

  • 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.
  • 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


Language, Computer & Numeracy:         

  • Proficient with MS Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint.


Personality, Characteristics:

  • 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



Physical Requirements:

  • 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.
  • Should be able to identify and distinguish colors, see clearly at 20 inches or closer and 20 feet or more, observe an area that can be seen up and down or to the left and right while eyes are fixed on a given point, judge distances and spatial relationships, and adjust the eye to bring an object into sharp focus.



  • Periodic domestic & international travel (estimated at 40-50%)




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