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Project Manager

Date: May 4, 2019

Location: Downers Grove, IL, US, 60515

Company: Glanbia


General Summary:  Creates and manages technical launch and production timelines and documentation to meet customer requirements as assigned by Director or Manager. The position requires interface with various cross functional departments: Product Supply, Marketing, Finance, Graphic Design and Sales. Interest in food, beverages, flavors, nutrition, supplements as well as body building desirable. An experienced scientist or person with a degree in a related field and skilled in project management would be a good fit. A food science degree is not required.


Essential Functions:

  • Obtain project requirements from various departments to create timelines and estimate due dates for projects. Tracking projects through processes to ensure tasks are on track and meeting timelines.
  • Define project tasks mitigate risks and resource requirement
  • Extract ingredient, label, and packaging costs from accounting software to populate reports, spreadsheets and for various customer requests such as quotes.
  • Collaborates with Product Supply to track new raw materials and vendor approvals related to projects.
  • Collaborates with Purchasing and Supply Chain to keep packaging & raw materials on schedule for production and pilot tests.
  • Track packaging changes in conjunction with Product Supply.
  • Work with Product Supply to ensure product orders in system and on production schedule in line with timelines
  • Evaluate project progress against plan, report progress to sponsors and stakeholders. Influence team members to stay on schedule
  • Integrate risk management and minimize project risks


    Additional Responsibilities as Necessary:

  • Completes and tracks internal technical transfers between regions/departments
  • Provide audited nutrition and supplement label statements to customer and review for accuracy prior to placement in manufacturing.  Regulations will be taught.


    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: 

  • Project Management (Discipline, Organization, planning, attention to detail, communication tools )
  • Understanding New Product Development  (NPD) process and Product Supply Functions
  • Experience holding project teams and individuals accountable for delivering against plan
  • Team building, problem solving, & conflict resolution
  • Strong relationship building and interpersonal skills
  • Experience with MRP/SAP system
  • Organization of  information into reports, spreadsheets and timelines
  • Project Management and Excel proficiency essential
  • A comfort level communicating technical information
  • Requires focus on rapid turnover of requests
  • Good communication skills and enjoys interaction with multiple departments



  • 4+ years of business experience, including 2+ year of Project Management
  • Undergraduate degree in Business or Science related field OR in lieu of degree with 5-7 years of Project management experience
  • PMP certification a plus


    PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The work is classified as Light


  • Lifting Demands:
    • Lift up to 40 lbs. on an occasional basis floor to waist
    • Carry up to 25 lbs. on an occasional basis up to 25 feet.


  Essential Competencies Identified for position:




  • Problem Solving

Uses rigorous logic and methods to solve difficult problems with effective solutions; probes all fruitful sources for answers; can see hidden problems; is excellent at honest analysis; looks beyond the obvious and doesn’t stop at first answers.

  • Functional/Technical Skills

Has the functional and technical knowledge and skills to do the job at a high level of accomplishment.

  • Perseverance

Pursues everything with energy, drive, and a need to finish; seldom gives up before finishing; especially in the face of resistance or setbacks.



  • Composure

Is cool under pressure; does not become defensive or irritated when times are tough; is considered mature; can be counted on to hold things together during tough times; can handle stress; is not knocked off balance by the unexpected; doesn’t show frustration when resisted or blocked; is a settling influence in a crisis.

  • Timely Decision Making

Makes decisions in a timely manner, sometimes with incomplete information and under deadlines and pressure; able to make a quick decision.

  • Decision Quality

Makes good decisions (without considering how much time it takes) based upon a mixture of analysis, wisdom, experience, and judgment; most of his/her solutions and suggestions turn out to be correct and accurate when judged over time; sought out by others for advice and solutions.

  • Priority Setting

Spends his/her time and the time of others on what’s important; quickly zeros in on the critical few and puts the trivial aside; can quickly sense what will help or hinder accomplishing a goal; eliminates roadblocks; creates focus.

  • Written Communications

Is able to write clearly and succinctly in a variety of communication settings and styles; can get messages across that have the desired effect.

  • Informing

Provides the information people need to know to do their jobs and to feel good about being a member of the team, unit, and/or organization; provides individuals information so that they can make accurate decisions; is timely with information.

  • Planning

Accurately scopes out length and difficulty of task and projects; sets objectives and goals; breaks down work into the process steps; develops schedules and tasks/people assignments; anticipates and adjust for problems and roadblocks; measures performance against goals; evaluates results.



  • Conflict Management

Steps up to conflict, seeing them as opportunities;  reads situations quickly; good at focused listening; can hammer out tough agreements and settle disputes equitably; can find common ground and get cooperation with minimum noise.

  • Innovation Management

Is good at bringing the creative ideas of others to market; has good judgment about which creative ideas and suggestions will work; as a sense about managing the creative process of others; can facilitate effective brainstorming; can project how potential ideas may play out in the marketplace.

  • Dealing with Ambiguity

Can effectively cope with change; can shift gears comfortably; can decide and act without having the total picture; isn’t upset when things are up in the air; doesn’t have to finish things before moving on; can comfortably handle risk and uncertainty.



NOTE: This job description is not intended, nor should it be construed to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, skills, or working conditions associated with the particular job.  It is intended only to be a general description of the essential functions common to positions of this type.

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