The Sr. NPD Project Manager is responsible to lead the organization and process of the NPD project management team. The person will have two direct reports, managing secondary packaging efforts. This role will be reporting in to the Corporate Director of Global Commercialization and will assist in creating a robust collaborative project management process flow for the team. The role will manage the cross-functional stakeholder teams for projects related to NORAM of new product development projects. The Sr.PM is responsible for project navigation and leading teams through critical checkpoints, including analysis and prioritization of risks and opportunities. The Sr. PM is responsible to deliver on the approved committed tasks as set out by the timeline. The ideal candidate should employ effective problem solving and should be able to easily adapt in a fast-paced, constantly evolving environment where priorities shift from day to day. The candidate should have some experience in managing other people, objective leader representing cross-functional team members by connecting through positive and respectful interactions. Be approachable, listen actively and stay open to new ideas.
Direct Reports: 2
Essential Job Functions:
Take an active role in helping to design / scope of more complex projects and projects timeline templates on behalf of NPD
Assist stakeholders with the development of the overall project plan/ timeline
Lead weekly cross-functional team meetings with the Corporate Project resource in NPD and outside of the department.
Ensure that all NPD project priorities are identified and discussed in a high-level view to ensure that the team understands Commercial priorities.
Ensure that the team is completing tasks according to the agreed project timelines.
Track deliveries for the customer Stages and Gates process.
Track all activities and interact on a daily level to ensure communication of priorities and instill a sense of urgency with all stakeholders in NPD, OPS, Strategic planning, QA & commercial.
5-8 years of cross-functional team leadership and project management experience in consumer-packaged goods or a related business function is essential. New product development/commercialization or brand management experience is preferred
Minimal travel required (<10%).