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The Kraft Heinz Company is one of the largest food and beverage companies in the world, with eight $1 billion+ brands and global sales of approximately $25 billion. We’re a globally trusted producer of high-quality, great-tasting, and nutritious foods for over 150 years. Our brands are truly global, with products produced and marketed in over 40 countries. These beloved products include condiments and sauces, cheese and dairy, meals, meats, refreshment beverages, coffee, infant and nutrition products, and numerous other grocery products in a portfolio of more than 200 legacy and emerging brands.

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General information

Job Function: 06 - Manufacturing

Department: 06 - 05 - Engineering & Maintenance

Date Published: 06-Jul-2022

Job Type: Regular

Description & Requirements

Strategic Project Lead 

Summary of Job Responsibilities:

  • Overall leadership for and execution of strategic Capex investment project within the West Europe region
  • Management of multi-functional project team- external engineering companies and technical reviews- working closely with site leadership teams and all functions
  • Budget responsibility of $10MM and above depending on specific project
  • Overall responsibility for delivering project scope ‘on time in full’ (OTIF)

Key Activities

  • Lead the multi-functional team- through regular team meetings- and engage stakeholders to ensure efficient running of the team
  • Lead project reviews- ensuring Engineering- R&D- EHS and FS&Q management are updated on project progress and able to support the resolution of issues and roadblocks
  • Define project goals- objectives- scope- milestones- and deliverables
  • Complete full feasibility analysis on solutions- in line with company stage gate process
  • Report project progress to all levels within the organization- locally- regionally and internationally- demonstrating excellent communication skills and building strong working relationships
  • Provide leadership and direction to functional leads
  • Define project tasks and resource requirements within the project technical team and resource management.
  • Ensure project risks are assessed- managed and mitigated as part of the project plan
  • Support Early Equipment Management process and incorporate findings into technical design where practicable
  • Support development of training plans for roles to be impacted within a project (e.g. Operators- Team Leaders- Engineers- FS&Q- EHS- Logistics)
  • Support project post implementation reviews for all aspects of the project

Hard Skills

Attributes and Experience

  • Bachelor or Master’s degree in an Engineering discipline
  • years of relevant working experience of which minimum 3 years in Project Management roles
  • Track record of successful project delivery in an FMCG Supply Chain environment
  • Experienced in managing- supporting and challenging multi-functional teams
  • Ability to navigate the complexity of delivering significant change within existing large-scale manufacturing sites and greenfield locations- with dependency on internal functions and third parties
  • Effective communicator at all levels- from shop floor to director level and relays information in a timely manner- with excellent interpersonal and influencing skills
  • Knowledge and experience to make recommendations and gain support of senior stakeholders
  • Numerical with sound budgeting skills and experience of project budget management and control
  • Background in engineering- operations- or a technical function within food manufacturing- with detailed knowledge of food manufacturing processes is a plus
  • Excellent planning and organizing skills
  • Ability to manage complex cross functional projects
  • Experience in managing and mitigating risk
  • Outstanding presentation skills

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