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Starbucks Coffee Company Product Group Manager, Food in Seattle, Washington

Now Brewing – Group Manager – Product, Core Food! #tobeapartner

From the beginning, Starbucks set out to be a different kind of company . One that not only celebrated coffee and its rich tradition, but that also brought a feeling of connection. We are known for developing and supporting partners who share this passion and are guided by their service to others.

As a Starbucks Group Manager on the Core Food team located within the Product Experience Organization, you will be responsible for leading a team across our growing Food Category with a focus on Bakery, Lunch and Packaged Food as well as supporting key strategic Enterprise initiatives. Within the Core Bakery, Lunch and Packaged Food categories your role will be to grow and optimize key platforms across existing product platforms as well as defining innovation spaces. Within our Quality initiative you will have the opportunity to drive key workstreams to help improve our total food quality which is a critical foundational element and enabler within our food business at Starbucks.

Leveraging your previous experience, we will enable you to:

  • Define and championbringing all facets of bringing products to market – strategy, consumer insights, product positioning including naming, product testing and product iterations

  • Lead a cross-functional team on a variety of initiatives and tests to drive improvement on total Food Quality

  • Identify knowledge gaps and collaborate with analytics, insights, portfolio teams and product development to develop new products to meet consumers’ needs

  • Manage and coach a team of three todeliver products, strategy and validation plans according to meet enterprise goals

Leadership - Setting goals for the work group, developing organizational capability, and modeling how we work together. Works cross-functionally and with the brand team to grow share, build the brand and achieve financial objectives:

  • Leads and/or oversees day to day management of brand activity including forecasting; budget tracking; shipment and consumption analysis; marketing plan execution and program tracking. Manages the business against operating plans and budgets.

  • Leads cross-functional and project teams to deliver strategic recommendations, new products and/or marketing programs.

  • Directs marketing programming and budget allocation.

  • Builds strong relationships within a matrix structure to ensure achievement of business objectives as well as marketing message consistency and adherence to brand guardrails.

  • Evaluates information and identifies issues that require within-brand-team resolution or escalation.

  • Identifies and communicates key responsibilities and practices to ensure effectiveness of immediate team of direct reports.

  • Coach and mentor teams to enhance brand management knowledge.

  • Promotes a successful attitude, confidence in leadership and teamwork to achieve business results.

  • May serve as proxy for director in key meetings.

  • Identifies and communicates key responsibilities and practices to ensure the immediate team of direct reports promotes a successful attitude, confidence in leadership, and teamwork to achieve business results.

  • Supports the implementation of company programs to ensure the success of the Company.

Planning and Execution - Developing strategic and operational plans for the work group, managing execution, and measuring results:

  • Creates annual operating and marketing plans including recommendations for products, pricing, packaging, promotions and distribution.

  • Collaborates with internal and external strategic business partners to develop joint marketing strategies and plans; oversees implementation and monitors results.

  • Recommends strategic direction of category brand or channel brand to senior management.

  • Coordinate and execute advertising and promotions that support and are consistent with company-wide marketing and brand goals and objectives.

  • Tracks, analyzes and communicates product and program performance. Recommends action plans to address variances in brand performance against annual plan.

  • Directs and oversees forecasting and business analysis.

  • Prepares, communicates and educates client groups and team on changes in policies and practices within the organization.

  • Plans and manages business unit and department processes and practices to ensure that programs are aligned with company business goals and objectives.

Business Management - Providing brand management expertise and executing marketing responsibilities:

  • Manages the brand P&L via marketing program execution and budget management.

  • Evaluates, prioritizes and leads decisions regarding new products and marketing opportunities based on financial viability and brand fit.

  • Identifies and leads integrated programs in collaboration with other brands and channels.

  • Leads consumer research to define customer targets and marketing mix. Applies insights to make decisions. regarding brand direction.

  • Applies consumer insights and understanding of marketplace dynamics to develop compelling brand positioning.

Product Innovation – Leading the development of new products and product-related opportunities:

  • Leads the development of new products and product-related marketing opportunities, from concept to commercialization.

  • Manages project teams and timelines to deliver products and programs. Strong leadership of cross-functional partners required to ensure successful launch.

  • Collaborates across cross functional teams to gain a deep understanding of their markets from a consumer and business standpoint.

  • Drive the channel, category and or platform strategy reflecting competitive and consumer trends and market needs across brand / category and or platform.

  • Creates and/or manages the innovation funnel/roadmap for channel, category or platforms that deliver against the objectives and strategies.

  • May lead new and optimized strategic initiatives that deliver against the brand positioning.

  • May lead in the creation of platform and/or product positioning and ensuring relevancy across or within regions and channels.

  • Strategic assessment of platforms within competitive context.

  • Assist with capacity, sourcing, and cost reduction opportunities with SCO to ensure consistent supply.

Partner Development & Team Building - Providing partners with coaching, feedback, and developmental opportunities and building effective teams:

  • Challenges and inspires team members to achieve business results.

  • Oversees training and development of partners directly and indirectly managed and makes effective staffing decisions.

  • Provides coaching, direction and leadership support to team members in order to achieve partners, business and customer results.

  • Conducts and ensures the completion of performance reviews. - Ensures partners adhere to legal and operational compliance requirements.

We’d love to hear from people with:

  • Progressiveexperienceinproductorbrand management, at least 6-10 years

  • Progressive experience in innovation and strategy, at least 3-5 years

  • Project leadership in a cross functional/matrixed environment, at least 6-10 years

  • MBA preferred

Let us give you the opportunity to be part of something bigger than yourself. It’s time for you to #beapartner. Apply today!

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran.

We are committed to creating a diverse and welcoming workplace that includes partners with diverse backgrounds and experiences. We believe that enables us to better meet our mission and values while serving customers throughout our global communities. People of color, women, LGBTQIA+, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Qualified applicants with criminal histories will be considered for employment in a manner consistent with all federal state and local ordinances. Starbucks Corporation is committed to offering reasonable accommodations to job applicants with disabilities. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, please contact us at 206-318-0660 or via email at