Project Manager, Commercialization

Primary Purpose

The Commercialization Project Manager is responsible for leading the successful delivery of commercialization projects across the company.  These projects are comprised of New Product Development (NPD), Line Extensions, Minor Graphic or Packaging Changes, Productivity Improvements, or Manufacturing Network changes.  This position leads and coordinates cross-functional project teams and collaborates with nearly every department in the organization directly.  

Major Responsibilities

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.

  • Lead the cross functional teams to ensure successful delivery of different project types, which includes New Product Development (NPD), Line Extensions, Minor Graphic or Packaging Changes, Productivity Improvements, or Manufacturing Network changes
  • Manage and execute commercialization efforts to integrate new products into the company portfolio
  • Collaborate with and lead multiple internal cross-functional groups (e.g. Marketing, Manufacturing, Finance, R&D, Procurement, Packaging Engineering, etc.)
  • Develop and manage project timelines, success criteria, issues, risks, opportunities, and assumptions
  • Communicates project status updates to Senior Management when requested.  If behind, provides recommendations and/or options to get back on track
  • Hold cross functional team members accountable for delivering his/her tasks on time
  • Ensure effective use of resources, communicate organizational priorities, and drive timely execution of strategically important projects
  • Participate in, follow, and support the Stage Gate process
  • Gather feedback on improving the commercialization and Stage Gate process; support the development, documentation, and implementation of process improvements 
  • Evaluate and recommend go/no-go action based on the viability of a strategic initiative
  • Handle multiple initiatives simultaneously and work under pressure to meet deadlines
  • Perform special projects as required

Competencies/Skills/Knowledge

The list below represents the knowledge, skills, and/or abilities necessary to fulfill the expectations associated with the position 

  • Results driven
  • Strong work ethic with high sense of urgency, accountability, and initiative
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and deadlines with an ownership mentality
  • Willingness to attack problems for immediate resolution
  • Ability to function in rapidly changing, post integration environment with multiple sets of stakeholders
  • Effective communicator, both written and verbal, to lead people from various functions and levels
  • Business acumen with strong analytical skills and demonstrated technical competence 
  • Continuous improvement mindset with high tolerance for ambiguity
  • High proficiency in MS Excel and Office Suite
  • Functional user of SAP and MS Project is a plus

Education and Experience

  • Minimum Bachelor’s degree, preferably in business, engineering, or related discipline
  • Minimum 4 years of experience working in project management or related role
  • Relevant project management or consulting work is preferred
  • Experience and skill presenting concepts and/or status updates  to multiple audiences
Project Engineer

Primary Purpose

The project engineer will be responsible for the scoping and execution of capital projects ranging from $5,000 to $5,000,000.  They will be responsible to work with all plant based and corporate stakeholders to ensure projects are executed safely and efficiently.    

Major Responsibilities

  • Manages capital projects from concept through execution
  • Develops and communicates project schedules and conducts product reviews
  • Works closely with scheduling and plant personnel for start-up plans
  • Ensures that the end result of the project is what was agreed upon during project submission
  • Supports manufacturing facilities with technical troubleshooting
  • Participates in project reviews and audits for safety, quality and feasibility
  • Participates in monthly plant meetings and provides updates to senior level operations management
  • Closes projects in a timely manner ensuring that all stakeholders are trained and ready 
  • Understands and demonstrates the Company’s core values
  • Conducts assigned work in a safe manner and adheres to company safety methods
  • Performs other duties as assigned

Competencies/Skills/Knowledge Required

The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.  

  • Strong “hands-on” mechanical/electrical/controls aptitude from previous industry experience
  • Ability to diagnose and troubleshoot equipment design and functional issues, with an emphasis on processing equipment
  • Previous experience in maintenance is a plus
  • Previous experience executing small and large scale capital projects required
  • CPG/Food/Bakin gmanufacturing experience is strongly preferred
  • Ability to use AutoCAD and Solidworks for equipment layouts and design is required
  • Ability to work effectively under pressure
  • Strong vendor management skills
  • Ability to work well in teams
  • Good organization skills
  • Competency using MS office suite and MS Project (excel, word, powerpoint)
  • Demonstrated ability to meet critical deadlines
  • Previous experience dealing with multiple equipment vendors and managing multiple projects simultaneously
  • Ability to travel 20%, mainly in the US 

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical, Chemical or Electrical engineering
  • Minimum of 7-10 years of industry experience with at least 3-5 years of project engineering
  • Experience with food manufacturing equipment, both processing and packaging is a plus
  • PMP Certification preferred