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Project Manager - Innovation & Renovation

Nestle USA
Arlington, Virginia 22209



Join Nestlé, the world’s leading nutrition, health and wellness company, and deliver the satisfying foods that help people around the world through every phase of life. Our U.S. team is comprised of 48,000 employees across 36 states in 300+ locations, including 79 manufacturing facilities. We support a portfolio of some of the biggest brands in the industry, including 7 billion-dollar brands in the United States.




Responsible for leading the efficient and effective execution of Innovation & Renovation (I&R) projects and I&R process improvement initiatives. The project manager (PM) is the voice of the project and drives organizational decision-making to bring in right cross-functional support for project execution. The PM applies project management tools and skills to ensure the on-time launch and outstanding execution of projects from concept to close. Activities include:


  • Leading the alignment of the strategy and approach for initiating, planning, executing, monitoring, controlling, and closing the project with key stakeholders
  • Leading the definition and communication of project scope, objectives and expectations
  • Identifying project resource requirements and escalating resource constraints
  • Building and managing the project schedule, defining the critical path, tracking activities to ensure functional team members are meeting agreed upon deadlines, generating and communicating status reports, and escalating critical issues.
  • Preventive management of roadblocks and generation of risk management plans
  • Coordinating and facilitating project meetings including kick-off meetings, project team meetings, risk assessments, lessons learned, post launch reviews and additional meetings as required
  • Managing stakeholders at different levels of the organization and providing transparency and communication on project status and risks to cross functional team members and business Leadership Team


Process Management:

Responsible for the consistent application, disciplined execution, and continuous improvement of Nestlé’s I&R processes and tools. This includes:

  • Managing projects and their cross-functional teams through the established processes, including the stage gate process.
  • Identifying, documenting and ensuring implementation of process improvements
  • Driving proper and consistent use of the stage gate project management tool by: maintaining and ensuring data accuracy, deliverable completion, and documentation as specified by relevant policies and procedures; and continuous improvement through maintenance of templates and supporting documentation
  • Meeting established KPI’s


Project Team Leadership:

Apply leadership, coaching and influencing skills to manage cross-functional teams and drive projects forward, ensuring time and resources are used effectively and efficiently to meet project and business objectives. Creates climate of trust inspiring teams to do their best.


Education Level:

  • Minimum BA/BS required
  • PMP (Project Management Professional) Certification a plus


  • Minimum 5 years of cross functional experience including but not limited to Engineering, Operations, Technical Applications Group, Research & Development, Marketing (includes 1-3 years of effective project management or related experience)
  • Experience with stage gate methodology preferred
  • Prior CPG experience preferred

Additional Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Project management and project management software skills
  • Ability to manage multiple projects concurrently is necessary.
  • Ability to manage and lead teams
  • Effectively collaborates and influences project team members through strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Facilitation skills
  • Highly organized with strong time-management skills
  • Ability to manage conflict and drive resolution
  • Flexibility and adaptability to perform in a high-volume, fast paced and dynamic environment
  • Focused on results, proactive, service oriented
  • Ability to drive for results through effective leadership and coaching skills
  • Quick sifting abilities (focuses project team and stakeholders on the top priorities)
  • Ability to identify links between facts, ideas and situations that have no obvious connection
  • Change management skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills



Posted: 2019-09-19 Expires: 2019-11-04

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Project Manager - Innovation & Renovation

Nestle USA
Arlington, Virginia 22209

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