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Brands Project Manager at United Natural Foods Inc in Hopkins, Minnesota

Posted in Management 30+ days ago.

Type: Full-Time

Job Description:


The Brands Project Manager provides overall task management of all UNFI Brands projects throughout item lifecycle. A key collaborator with cross-functional business partners incorporating and driving project objectives and timing milestones.


  • Oversee project management of all food and non-food products across UNFI Brands portfolio to include reporting and management of all potential new items submitted to Ideation, monitor status of all approved projects moving to Feasibility, and initiate/track all new item and maintenance projects.

  • Partner with UNFI Product Business Managers, Innovation, Brand Marketing, Packaging, and Product Development to enable development of new products and improvement of existing items.

  • Manages interdependencies and connections between functions and ensures visibility and alignment so that project deliverables are achieved

  • Develop timelines (Gantt charts) for the tracking of deliverables and task interdependencies

  • Manage all TraceONE Project Lifecycle Management (PLM) specification project initiations and establish electronic task workflows.

  • Create and execute maintenance updates to PLM work processes and specification templates.

  • Build and maintain Project Initiation Forms (PIF) for each project.

  • Support continuous supplier communication, directing completion of PIF and specification tasks.

  • Lead weekly internal cross-functional status meetings to determine task status and alignment.

  • Prompt key project stakeholders to documentation gaps and/or timing opportunities.

  • Identify and escalate project risks to cross-functional team and leadership (as needed).

  • Support brand and product regulatory compliance by managing specialized project trackers and cadenced reporting.

  • Manage high volume of projects for nation’s largest grocery wholesaler 

  • Contribute to the evolution of Project Management best practices

  • Performs other relevant job duties as required.


Education/ Certifications: (Required/Preferred-list requirement is required or preferred)

  • Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration or Management, Computer Science, Project Management, or related field preferred


  • 2+ years of project management or related business field required

  • Experience in CPG, Private Label or distributor project management preferred


  • General knowledge of project management including systems

Skills/ Abilities:

  • Ability to apply basic project management principles including, but not limited to, identifying critical paths, building, and communicating timelines, defining milestones and methods for setting expectations and accountability.  

  • Motivated and acts with a sense of urgency

  • Adaptable to shifting priorities and innovative with solutions

  • Excellent organizational, written, and verbal skills with strong attention to detail

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office and experience with PM management workspace collaboration tool


  • Some travel may be required

  • Incumbent may sit for long periods of time at desk or computer terminal

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear. 

  • Incumbent may use calculators, keyboards, telephone and other office equipment in the course of normal workday

  • Stooping, bending, twisting and reaching may be required in completion of job duties

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature of the work performed by the employees assigned to this job. All employees must comply with Company policy and applicable laws. The responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified may vary within each department and/or location.

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