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NPD Project Manager

Date: Sep 15, 2021

Location: UK, NYK, GB, TS2 1XA

Company: Glanbia

Join us at GPN and inspire people everywhere to achieve their performance and healthy lifestyle goals!


At Glanbia Performance Nutrition (GPN), our mission is to inspire people everywhere to achieve their performance and healthy lifestyle goals! We are a global leader in the performance nutrition industry and have a portfolio of nine brands including Optimum Nutrition (ON), SlimFast, Amazing Grass, Body&Fit, Nutramino, ABB, Think! BSN and Isopure. Our products are sold in over 130 countries and our brands are in the top three performance nutrition brands in more than 20 countries. Glanbia Performance Nutrition (GPN) is headquartered in Dublin, ROI, with operating facilities in Illinois, California, South Carolina, Florida, the UK, the Netherlands, and Australia. GPN employs more than 1,800 people globally and has revenues of approximately $1.5B. We are a values led organisation focused on driving sustainable business performance. Join us on our journey now!


In this position, you will be responsible for the management & timely delivery of the Contract Innovation & Renovation Pipeline and related marketing initiatives within Product Supply for the Middlesbrough manufacturing site through cross-functional liaison, ensuring consistency with manufacturing strategy and capabilities. Facilitating and supporting Contract Manufacturing business-case submissions via the Stage Gate process to enable go/no-go investment decisions. Inputting into the life-cycle of existing Contract products via a regular review of “healthy portfolio” and its supporting process. Facilitate the introduction of new ingredients and raw materials to Middlesbrough site through Product Supply teams to the required quality and technical standards.


The opportunity where you will make an impact:

  • Lead & champion key Contract Manufacturing EMEA product and packaging projects through the Stage-Gate process and ensure compliance from the cross-functional team; manage project through steering committee as required.
  • Champion the contract manufacturing Gate process, ensuring habit strength application of this by all parties, to deliver on projects that add value for the consumer, customer and business and “kill” those that do not meet the criteria expressly required to pass the gates.
  • Chair and manage Contract Innovation Pipeline Meetings, ensuring the agenda and minutes are effectively communicated to all stakeholders. Ensure these meetings drive successful project launches on time that delights our customers.
  • Communicate to key stakeholders and other cross-functional team members by producing and circulating appropriate updates & minutes from meetings to convey project status.
  • Support the Contract commercial (and Branded Marketing / Innovation) teams by acting as intermediate between them and the manufacturing site. Through cross functional liaison ensure that all projects are ‘factory fit’ and costed accordingly.
  • Oversee the management of overall project timelines; establish an effective early-warning system for deadline challenges and develop appropriate work-around strategies to ensure final end delivery on-time.
  • Facilitate and coordinate project team by maintaining/updating the Innovation Pipeline tracker.  Hold the project team to account.
  • Contribute to the decision tree for material & packaging trials and the associated escalation protocol.  Facilitate its effective application in all projects.
  • Contribute to the evolution of the contract strategy for the Middlesbrough site, to provide direction for maximising efficiency / consistency of existing SKUs and a solid platform for new product introductions that drives the innovation agenda for GPN EMEA and its customers.
  • Ensure opportunities to maximise efficiencies and/or material & packaging costs are explored as a matter of course as part of the development process.
  • Instigate Post Launch Review process on key launches with cross functional teams, driving through actions & improvements to conclusion.
  • Contribute to the regular review of Contract Manufacturing SKUs to manage the SKU tail & eliminate underperforming lines


What you will bring to GPN:

  • Proven experience/background of 3+ years of successful project management leadership, preferably within a FMCG Supply Chain environment.
  • Degree or equivalent qualification; project management certification preferred.
  • Outstanding process skills, time management and strong sense of urgency
  • Ability to multi-task, stay on-track and engage & lead cross-functional team projects simultaneously
  • Excellent verbal, written, and presentation skills
  • Strong leadership/interpersonal skills
  • Self-starter, able to work independently and under own initiative
  • Ability to think on feet in a changing environment
  • Financial/business/new product development acumen
  • Understanding or interest in sports and fitness


What we would like to offer you:

  • The opportunity to shape your career in our global organisation that is championing the healthy lifestyle movement! 
  • Our Smart Working model advocates wellbeing by providing you with a greater choice in how you work and live, giving you a better work-life balance.
  • Create your own nutrition formula with a discount on our GPN products!


Applications for this position close on 1st October 2021.

At Glanbia, we celebrate diversity, because we know that our individual strengths make us stronger together. We welcome and encourage interest from a wide variety of candidates, and we will give your application consideration, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender perception or identity, national origin, age, marital status, or disability status. 


At Glanbia our culture will celebrate individuality, knowing that together we are more.