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Project Manager

Date: Apr 16, 2018

Location: Downers Grove, IL, US, 60515

Company: Glanbia

The Project Manager (PM) partners with the Brand Manager (Project Leader), to lead project teams through commercialization of New Products.  The PM is responsible for supporting the Brand Manager/Project Leader to successfully plan and direct team activities, facilitate effective team communication, develop timelines, identify risks and mitigation plans, facilitate project team meetings, drive issue resolution, and shepherd projects through Stage Gate.  Additionally, the PM is to assist with the management of established New Product Development (NPD) Standard Operating Procedures and processes and ensuring they are being followed and completed. 


Key Skills Required:

  • Have previously held a role within Supply Chain function or has held roles that required partnering frequently with supply chain function to execute projects (i.e. R&D , Packaging Material/Equipment development, Process Engineering, Manufacturing)
  • Strong technical aptitude
  • Direct role experience bringing a new product to market
  • Expert team building, problem solving, & conflict resolution skills
  • Experience in processes for managing and mitigating project risks
  • Strong relationship building and interpersonal skills; including coaching skills
  • Experience holding project teams and individuals accountable for delivering against plan
  • Bias for action
  • Project & Change Management experience (discipline, organization, planning, attention to detail, and communication tools)
  • Effective communicator at all levels and good presentation skills
  • Dynamic, self-motivated, and self-sufficient with ability to cope with pressure and comfort with ambiguity
  • MS Office proficiency, including MS Project and Visio
  • Organizational agility


Desired Skills:

  • Experience with  Stage-Gate, New Product Development (NPD), and commercialization process
  • Experience developing training materials and conducting trainings
  • Experience with developing and managing share point team sites
  • Experience with implementing business process optimization of cross-functional work-streams
  • Proficiency in Visio


    Project Manager Responsibilities:

  • Partner with Project Leader to define and document project scope, goals, deliverables, timetables, success factors, and resources that are required from all functions to execute the project activities.
  • Partner with Project leader to develop, maintain, and leverage project plans and timelines to drive team to execute project launch effectively and efficiently
  • Proactively identify project interdependencies, conflicts, risks, and critical paths and leverage to direct project team activities to mitigate
  • Plan, facilitate, and/or attend standing cross functional project team meetings to enable project status updates, resolve issues, and drive progress against tasks and deliverables.
  • Maintain project documentation in organized fashion including Stage Gate deliverables and the issuance of team meeting agendas & minutes.
  • Coach the project cross functional team on best practice project execution and ensure SG deliverables are executed against
  • Continuously improve the project management toolkits and methodologies and enable best practice sharing by ensuring all projects are properly closed out and key learning’s are documented
  • Ensure that project scopes and timing take into consideration minimizing waste (raw, pack and finished goods write-offs)\
  • Act as resident PM coach for Marketing Project leaders to guide them in best practices of managing their projects


Minimum Qualifications: 

  • 5-7 years of business experience, including 2+ years of Project Management experience in CPG industry
  • Bachelor’s Degree in technical field (engineering or related field)
  • Previous roles in one or more of the following technical areas within CPG (R&D, Supply Chain, Quality, Engineering, Manufacturing, etc...)
  • Experience with New Product Development commercialization
  • Ability to manage multiple schedules with demanding/tight timelines
  • Impeccable organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office products, including expertise with Microsoft Project


Preferred Qualifications: 

  • 7+ years of business experience, including 3+ year of Project Management in CPG industry
  • Project Management – External certification (PMI, PMP, APM, IPMA, etc.)
  • Previous experience with Stage-Gate or like processes for managing NPD pipeline including , deliverables, and Gate meetings


Nearest Major Market: Chicago