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Business Ops & Product Innovation Manager

Date: Sep 21, 2022

Location: IL, US, 60515

Company: Glanbia

Glanbia Performance Nutrition’s purpose is to inspire people everywhere to achieve their performance goals! We are a global consumer product company with brands Optimum Nutrition, Isopure, BSN, think! protein bars, SlimFast, Amazing Grass and more. We are hiring a Business Operations Leader - you will drive business initiatives for the organization by working with cross functional teams and evaluate products for commercialization. 



As the Business Operations & Product Innovation Manager you will drive the commercialization of new product development in several product categories and formats (powders, RTE, RTD, capsules and tablets), interface on the front end of product development and develop new strategic relationships and capabilities with 3rd party contract manufacturers.



  • Process and Project Management: Ensure that projects are being lead and managed with the right balance of rigor and discipline. Follow the established processes and protocols; find ways to be nimble and adaptable, challenge and insure project pacing.  
  • Product/Process/Packaging; Have sufficient depth of knowledge on ingredients, formulations, transformation processes and packaging.
  • Be able to drive strategic planning around New Product Development ideation and project advancement. 
  • Ability to work with 3rd parties (contract manufacturers and customers) to translate what they know and what they need into actionable ideas and plans.
  • Operations/Category Management: Be able to translate conceptual ideas to practical application will be constant.  Role will have an ongoing procurement/contract manufacturing category management component to it and supplier relationship and total cost ownership will be critical.
  • Operational Excellence: This position requires hands on experience with driving tactical and strategic improvement through ways-of-working, best practice, metric driven performance, measurement tools and trackers, daily management systems and continuous improvement systems.
  • Supply Chain: First-hand experience working the supply chain from end-to-end to understand how each step relies on the previous step and the needs of the next step. Working knowledge of demand planning, supply planning, logistics and capacity management.



Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Bachelor's degree in Business and preferred to have MBA in Engineering or Science
  • At least 5 years of experience
  • Technical knowledge: Food Science, Engineering, Quality
  • Project Management: Stage Gate, Timelines/Critical Path, Action Registers
  • Financial Acumen: P&Ls, Inventory, Costs, Margin
  • KPI Management: Quality, Cost, Service, Delivery


Looking for someone with drive and a “can-do” attitude and will push the pace of innovation, without compromising quality or delivery.  You can negotiate and influence and represent GPN with suppliers and customers.


GPN manufactures and markets the full range of performance nutrition and lifestyle products including protein, pre-workout, muscle gainers, ready-to-eat snacks and general health. Products are sold through a variety of channels including specialty retail, the internet, gyms and FDM in a variety of formats including powders, bars and Ready-to-Drink beverages. We offer M/D/V, 401k, PTO and more. 


Nearest Major Market: Chicago