Nestle Innovation Project Manager in Seattle, Washington

Nestlé and Starbucks are bringing together the world’s most iconic coffee brands. Starbucks’ robust product portfolio celebrates coffee with rich tradition – customer experience is paramount. Coupled with Nestlé’s mission to enhance the quality of consumers’ lives and contributing to a healthier future, this strategic alliance will create career opportunities that will drive innovation and go-to-market strategies, bringing the best coffee to customers around the world.

It has never been a more exciting time to join (Nestlé Starbucks).

The Senior Project Manager will provide strategic leadership and initiative portfolio management for our Nestle Starbucks coffee and tea business. You will play a highly visible and critical role in setting the vision for our portfolio management process including defining optimal processes for product commercialization, go-to-market strategy and lifecycle management for new strategic product and packaging initiatives. You will oversee program and product readiness for the pipeline to ensure that it remains on-track to meet commitments, stage gate milestones from assessment to launch, performance expectations and needs of both the business and our consumers. This position is responsible for the overall initiative communication, coordination and management of processes, functions and across the NSC coffee and tea CPG business.

Summary of Key Responsibilities

-Lead management of and reporting for the NSC US CPG portfolio of new product and strategic portfolio initiatives

-Collaborate across teams to manage list of all active US CPG coffee and tea initiatives, track status and prepare summaries as needed and lead or participate in project prioritization meetings with senior leadership every quarter

-Communicate outcome of project prioritization meeting to cross-functional teams and ensure appropriate funds and resources are allocated across the enterprise to support all projects in the pipeline

-Reconcile strategic business plan targets (revenue, profit) with current initiative pipeline, identify and communicate gaps along with gap-closing proposals

-Drive continuous improvement in portfolio reporting (including technology platforms to optimize tracking and reporting) and senior leadership engagement

-Provide guidance/oversight for several complex new CPG product initiatives throughout the stage-gate process

-Understand business and brand context, and develop an understanding of cross-program portfolio dependencies

-Ensure that Stage Gate Process is followed through all key milestones ensuring timely completion of all deliverables

-Consult with team to develop a project plan that includes a detailed budget, project timeline, detailed task-driven schedule, project RACI, resource plan, and communication plan

-Drive accountability to project critical path deliverables and identify milestones and trip wires

-Communicate with and influence business leaders to make sound business decisions and manage risks

-Translate business strategies into clear initiative action plans

-Oversee the initiative development (product/packaging/supply) end to end and communicate status to senior leadership, including adherence to specifications, schedule, budget, product compliance and testing requirements

-Demonstrate desire and passion to lead breakthrough efforts with willingness to learn and explore outside of normal boundaries to accelerate results

-Initiate and lead cross-functional meetings with key stakeholders to review project status, key deliverables, risks, issues, decisions and actions

-Develop strong partnerships at all levels across the commercial and technical communities

-Ensure that project status reports are relevant, transparent, and add value

-Work independently, with limited day-to-day guidance from leadership

Summary of Experience/Desired Skills

-CPG and project management experience highly preferred

-Experience successfully leading cross functional/ multi-discipline teams across the organization while delivering outstanding results

-Proficiency in program stage gating with demonstrated performance in leading complex initiatives and programs from establishment through launch

-Ability to lead and drive results from a position of influence

-Ability to prioritize and execute tasks in a pressurized environment and work proactively to ensure project milestones are met

-Understanding of P&L, financial models and overall CPG revenue/cost structure

-Desire to drive continuous process improvement by challenging the way things are done and engaging all functions in the company

-Excellence in structuring complex tasks and possess strong coordination skills

-Highly motivated and self-driven professional: skillful, productive, efficient, creative

-Experience developing commercial and technical resources to meet and exceed base expectations and initiative deliverables

-Ability to work actively with the program functional leads to optimize the collaboration between the work streams, resolve issues and escalate when

necessary to ensure timely course changes when required by circumstances

-Comfort with changing business requirements and flexibility in dealing with competing and changing priorities

-Experience coaching others through change management

-Team-builder with strong communications skills and problem-solving abilities

-Effectively motivate and collaborate within team and across peer and leadership groups

-Experience motivating others to work efficiently, ensuring process is followed with clear deliverables

-Demonstrated ability to think creatively and strategically

-Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and accommodate a rapid rate of change

-Highly organized and process oriented

-Experience with risk assessment, management, and contingency planning

-Synthesizing qualitative updates across various teams into clear and concise reports

Education & Technical Skills

-MBA highly preferred or background/degree in Project Management

-10 years professional experience working in a business environment

-7 years experience leading and successfully managing multiple projects and programs

-Experience with Stage Gate Process

-Adept with Microsoft Project, PowerPoint, Excel, and Word

Job: Marketing/Brand Management

Organization: Nestle USA

Title: Innovation Project Manager

Location: WA-Seattle-Seattle

Requisition ID: 18008627

The Nestlé Companies are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers and are looking for diversity in qualified candidates for employment: Minority/Female/Disabled/Protected Veteran.