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General information

All posting locations: Don Mills, Ontario, Canada

Job Function: 10 - R&D

Department: 10 - 04 - Product Development

Date Published: 26-May-2022

Job Type: Regular

Description & Requirements

The Manager- R&D - Commercialization is responsible for delivering large scale projects within the portfolio- supporting brands within our Canada & Coffee buinsess unit among other new platform innovation initiatives and/or highly visible capital and cost out initiatives. The Manager will collaborate with cross functional parties at all levels of the organization- including relevant brand stewards in Marketing- R&D- and Finance- as well as relevant technical and execution resources and/or field operations. In addition- this person will play a key role in strategic governance forums- like Stage Gate- and provide regular updates on progress- cost management- and next steps to project sponsors and key partners.

Key Components

  • Lead commercialization efforts for projects across the BU- platform innovation programs or significant capital related initiatives.
  • Ensure effective team engagement which may include establishing and managing team meetings. Review project timelines and cost regularly with the project team- facilitate creation of mitigation/contingency plans and lead communication.
  • Run cross-functional teams in the development and implementation of a broad- coordinated set of projects to meet the revenue- volume- growth- efficiency and quality goals and priorities
  • Support and/or participate in various category collaborator governance forums (i.e. Stage gate/Leadership teams)- advise on project status and conformance to business governance rules
  • Manage Business and Manufacturing Systems initiatives as the need arises and support the continuous improvement of the commercialization process through collaboration with key partners
  • Facilitate the definition of project scopes- goals- tasks- and resource (people and cost) requirements; resolve or assist in the resolution of unique challenges within and between projects or functional groups; develop methods to supervise and report project progress and provide corrective action as needed
  • Initiate the finished good Master data setup and communicate completed information to all collaborators so all information systems can be accurately set up to produce- ship- sell and invoice our products.

Operating Environment

  • Management of the category’s project portfolio requires extensive influence across many levels and functions.  Positive relationships and effective partnerships with internal functions- e.g. Marketing- Sales- Finance- Global Supply Chain (Customer Service & Logistics- Manufacturing and Procurement)- RD&Q- Legal- Package Brand & Design are instrumental to success.
  • Each category contends within a multifaceted environment and its commercialization agenda must be agile to react quickly to changing customer- consumer- and internal needs.  As a result- the category project portfolio covers a broad array of long term strategic and short-term tactical initiatives.

Requirements

  • 3+ years experience in a consumer-first environment
  • Understanding of project management methodology
  • Strategic capabilities/discernment
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and navigate ambiguity
  • Mentality to work towards results
  • Experience growing- building- and strengthening relationships
  • Exceptional Communication-Written and Presentation

Equal Opportunity Employer–minorities/females/veterans/individuals with disabilities/sexual orientation/gender identity