Provide leadership for all work required to implement Seventh Generations fast-paced and ambitious strategic product plan, including product introductions and transitions across the Seventh Generation portfolio and expansion into international markets. Specifically: support Brand Managers and other business leaders in achieving company goals by creating and managing stage gate document preparation, project schedules, workflows among interdepartmental contributors, identifying risks and otherwise ensuring that Project Management best practices are followed. Ensure that work is prioritized appropriately and that each product transition is completed on time, on budget, and within the defined scope. Hold project teams accountable to established process guidelines and ensure clear lines of communication between team members and across the organization. Assist in building Seventh Generations Program Management Office.
PRIMARY JOB DUTIES
Lead the new product development process with a large cross-functional team, including global client teams.
Lead development of stage gate documents with the cross-functional team, with an eye toward portfolio balance.
Partner with Brand Managers and other cross functional team members to define project scope, action standards, CapEx requirements, quality plan, supply chain considerations and other applicable criteria
Partner with business leaders, including Brand Managers, to create and manage comprehensive project plans for new product development projects & other projects across the business..
Ensure that work is completed on schedule and within budget, keeping team members on task.
Effectively communicate project status and expectations to team members and stakeholders in a timely and clear fashion.
Plan and facilitate recurring project team meetings and publish tracking reports for all active projects.
Successfully collaborate with R&D, Sourcing, Marketing, Sales, Operations, Finance and Quality to ensure that optimal processes are in place and followed according to the project plan.
Proactively manage changes in project scope, identify potential risks, and develop contingency plans.
Define and report against project success criteria.
Assess project workloads across the organization and recommend resource prioritization accordingly.
Work with the PMO Manager & others to upgrade and implement processes and procedures to support product introductions and transitions, and provide strategic input to the project management function.
Ensure project documents are complete, current, and shared appropriately.
Other duties as assigned by manager.
KNOWLEDGE AND SKILL REQUIREMENTS
3 - 6 years of project management experience. Experience in a consumer packaged goods setting a plus.
Highly organized with a strong attention to detail and ability to effectively manage multiple tasks.
Process-oriented, yet flexible and capable of creating new processes as needed.
Mastery of schedule and timeline management.
Strong communication skills and demonstrated success leading and working within cross-functional teams.
Able to positively influence others and take responsibility for outcomes.
Team player with a positive attitude and a capacity for rapid change.
Ability to understand and consider financial scenarios (e.g. product P&Ls, ROI analyses, etc).
Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite including Excel and Project.
PMP certification a plus.
Must exhibit a passion for Seventh Generations mission, vision and values.
Office environment no special conditions.
Up to 10% travel may be required
Some work outside normal hours may be required to lead meetings with teams in different time zones.
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position.