The Project Manager is responsible for driving the strategic initiatives for all new product development, redesigns & product changes for the Retail Customer Own Brand Program. Development efforts include sourcing, quality assurance, packaging design, project management & inventory management for both Fresh and Non-Perishable businesses.
Key Position Responsibilities
Management of packaging development types for all brands (redesign, new product development & maintenance/routine work)
Bring resolution to challenges that arise during the product development process
Identify bottlenecks & recommend adjustments
Analyze process & reduce rework
Create efficiencies in the process
Post project review assessments
Cross functional tracking & communication
Create and modify schedules to satisfy the needs of customers while managing the desires of the business leaders maintaining regular communication
Tracking of overall project plan
Timeline creator, owner & communicator
Management of weekly status meetings
Facilitator / Manager of regular project kick off meetings
Project information collection
Communicate project & timeline expectations
Responsible for development of project / category specific technical brief
Work with various stakeholders in collecting and understanding product specific detail for packaging communication
Associate participates in Quality Assurance product testing and sensory testing
Manages projects as they come from Sourcing
Business Management Coordination
UPC champions - assignment / distribution
Distribute final PDF's to BDM team for item set up
Manage & distribute packaging samples
Requires a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience.
Strong retail background as demonstrated by proven experience or background working within a retail or CPG environment
Grocery retail experience; must possess a solid understanding of CPG / Grocery categories, products and new package development.
Excellent organizational, time management and project management skills.
3 to 5 years marketing, buying/selling of consumer package goods or Grocery experience a must.
Excellent analytical and technical skills: knowledge of spreadsheet and database software and the ability to explain and provide insights from reports.
Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written.
Working knowledge of IRI or Nielsen market data a plus.
Must be eligible to work in the US
Strong communication skills
Ability to influence at many levels without authority
Strong personality to that can work well with others
Ability to manage responsibilities with little supervision
Proficient in Microsoft Office