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Project Manager at Danone North America

Posted in Other 30+ days ago.

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Type: Full Time
Location: White Plains, New York





Job Description:

With our pioneering Horizon Organic, Silk, International Delight, Land O Lakes, Earthbound Farm, So Delicious Dairy Free, Vega and Wallaby Organic brands, DanoneWave has made healthy, alternative food choices mainstream, creating not just new categories, but a new consumer mind set. At heart, we are creators, engaged in the making of a new kind of Food Company. We are unique in possessing both the creativity and the scale not only to meet the world s emerging needs, but to shape them, and help define the future of food.

As we experience growth, and as our portfolio of products grows, we maintain a constant focus on our environmental and social responsibilities. We pursue reductions against waste, water usage and greenhouse gas emissions throughout our operations, focusing on our plants and our company owned farms. We are also champions for food security, lending our support to national hunger relief organizations and those that operate in our local communities.

Responsible for all aspects of organization, planning, execution, communication & control of cross functional project teams assigned to the execution of any commercialization or continuous improvement projects. Manages projects through the commercialization process that includes a Project Charter and ensure that project objective, scope, rationale and success criteria are adequately defined and documented. Meets the project objectives by ensuring that resources are assigned and appropriately utilized and works to minimize the time to develop & implement assigned project without sacrificing quality and accuracy. Solves difficult problems with effective solutions; asks good questions and probes all fruitful sources for answers; looks for & sees underlying or hidden problems and patterns; is excellent at honest analysis; looks beyond the obvious and doesn t stop at the first answers.

The ideal candidate possess the confidence to effectively communicate to senior leadership on an on-going basis. The project manager will serve on the business leadership team staff meetings and is expected to provide strategic inputs to the business team s overall portfolio and the overall implications on the business. Must be able to balance competing objectives and overcome constraints to successfully deliver results and services that meet the needs of the organization.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

* Lead facilitation in typical cross-functional core team meetings successfully to complete projects. Assign, coordinate, and review work assigned to Program team members.

* Utilizes effective project and time management skills to manage multiple projects simultaneously.

* Operates as the point of contact for up-to-date project information and effectively manages communications to business unit leadership, functional leadership and other stakeholders with a reliable, accurate, and meaningful flow of information.

* Effectively manages Program revisions and Scope Creep and ensures that any project changes are consistent with overall strategy, are a logical fit within the context and timing of the original project and are approved by the CommercializationTeam.

* Produces reports, timelines, and presentations to report on project status, stage deliverables and outcomes. Communicates risks to the business leadership.

* At the appropriate stage-gate, guides the business leadership team to a documented approval to either;

* Progress project through the next stage and/or commit to rework and /or cancel programs as appropriate

* Ensures that all project tasks follow Danone s policy and procedures and meet applicable Danone s standards. Provides post program evaluation of effectiveness of the process and makes recommendations for improvements.

PREFERRED CANDIDATE QUALIFICATIONS:

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:

* Bachelor degree or equivalent in Business, Finance, Science, Engineering, Technology, Management or the equivalent combination of education and experience.

* 5+ years minimum experience in a produce, manufacturing or CPG organization, or related industry. Prefer experience leading a business, technical or operational function or managing complex programs.

* Familiar with operating in a typical cycle of executing an Annual Operating Plan and development of 3-5 year Strategic Growth Plans.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

* PMI or equivalent certification desirable.

* Well-developed communication skills - oral, written, listening.

* Self-confidence Extremely confident to work independently with very little management direction as well as in a team environment. Will make important decisions independently that steers project teams and leadership teams.

* Team Player - Creates strong morale and spirit in his/her team; shares wins and successes; fosters open dialogue; lets people finish and be responsible for their work.

* Analytical and negotiation skills Keen eye for detail. Ability to work, communicate and negotiate at senior levels

* Excellent Program management skills, ability to lead, facilitate, and organize teams. Must have excellent interpersonal and motivational skills.

* Customer Focus - Is dedicated to meeting the expectations and requirements of internal and external customers; establishes and maintains effective relationships with customers resulting in their trust and respect as a business leader.

* Change Management Leads, accepts & adapts to change; understands change is a constant and necessary path for improvement and growth

SALARY:

DanonWave offers a competitive salary and bonus potential. The company also provides a comprehensive benefits package as well as many other company sponsored benefits.

DanoneWave is an equal employment and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, veteran status, genetic characteristic, or any other unlawful criterion in accordance with applicable law. DanoneWave will consider qualified applicants with criminal histories consistent with all legal requirements.

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With our pioneering Horizon Organic, Silk, International Delight, Land O Lakes, Earthbound Farm, So Delicious Dairy Free, Vega and Wallaby Organic brands, DanoneWave has made healthy, alternative food choices mainstream, creating not just new categories, but a new consumer mind set. At heart, we are creators, engaged in the making of a new kind of Food Company. We are unique in possessing both the creativity and the scale not only to meet the world s emerging needs, but to shape them, and help define the future of food.

As we experience growth, and as our portfolio of products grows, we maintain a constant focus on our environmental and social responsibilities. We pursue reductions against waste, water usage and greenhouse gas emissions throughout our operations, focusing on our plants and our company owned farms. We are also champions for food security, lending our support to national hunger relief organizations and those that operate in our local communities.

Responsible for all aspects of organization, planning, execution, communication & control of cross functional project teams assigned to the execution of any commercialization or continuous improvement projects. Manages projects through the commercialization process that includes a Project Charter and ensure that project objective, scope, rationale and success criteria are adequately defined and documented. Meets the project objectives by ensuring that resources are assigned and appropriately utilized and works to minimize the time to develop & implement assigned project without sacrificing quality and accuracy. Solves difficult problems with effective solutions; asks good questions and probes all fruitful sources for answers; looks for & sees underlying or hidden problems and patterns; is