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Senior Portfolio Manager - Innovation & Renovation

Nestle USA
Arlington, Virginia 22209

The Innovation and Renovation (I&R) Portfolio Manager drives cross-functional partnership across the organization to deliver Nestlé USA (NUSA) I&R business objectives. This is achieved by championing transparency on I&R Portfolio status, addressing gaps and identifying improvement options. Additional potential to manage productivity and optimization portfolio.

Join 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.

I&R Objectives

  • Partner with the PMO Managers and NUSA Divisions to understand the NUSA I&R Portfolio
  • Reconcile strategic business plan targets (revenue, profit) with current initiative pipeline, identify and communicate gaps along with gap-closing proposals


I&R Resources

  • Propose I&R Resource Envelopes to deliver I&R Objectives and ensure that allocated Resources are balanced against the confirmed Envelopes.
  • Highlight additional resources required to optimize the I&R Portfolio or support new projects.
  • Facilitate choice, trade-offs, prioritization of projects and guides allocation of available Resources.


I&R Project Evaluation & Prioritization

  • Confirm evaluation and prioritization criteria with the Leadership team.
  • Evaluate new and existing projects (in context of the I&R Portfolio) from a neutral standpoint,calibrating the assessment with Project and Leadership Teams.


I&R Portfolio Governance

  • Orchestrate review meetings on a relevant cycle for the I&R Portfolio.
  • Objectively analyses the I&R Portfolio and highlights gaps versus I&R Objectives and targets.
  • View all Nestlé Co-Operatives
  • Proactively provides solutions to optimize the I&R Portfolio and guides Leadership Teams decisions.
  • Effectively Communicate decisions and post-evaluation learnings of the I&R Portfolio to the relevant Leadership Teams.
  • Provide status to the Leadership Team on Programs if they exist in the I&R Portfolio.
  • Provide regular transparency on the I&R Portfolio to the Leadership Teams
  • Drive continuous improvement in portfolio reporting (including technology platforms)

Project or Program Management:

Apply project management principles to ensure the on-time launch and execution of complex projects (i.e. above market programs, breakthrough innovation, capital investment). 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 mitigation plans
  • Providing transparency and communication on project status and risks to cross functional team members, Project Management Lead and Business Leadership Team

Process Management

Responsible for the application, execution, and continuous improvement of NUSA’s I&R processes.



  • Minimum 10 years of cross-functional team experience, preferably at CPG. Applicable background including but not limited to Strategy, Marketing, Research & Development, Manufacturing and Finance
  • Minimum 3 year experience as a Portfolio Manager
  • Project Management experience preferred
  • Prior CPG experience preferred

Education Level

  • Minimum BA/BS required
  • Portfolio Management Certification preferred
  • PMP (Project Management Professional) Certification preferred


Additional Skills, Knowledge and Abilities

  • Brilliant at the basics (time management, results focus, communication skills, organization skills)
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and teams concurrently is necessary
  • Effectively collaborates and influences people at all levels in the organization through strong interpersonal skills
  • Ability to manage conflict and drive resolution
  • Flexibility and adaptability to perform in a high-volume, fast paced and dynamic environment
  • Ability to drive for results through effective leadership and coaching skills
  • Quick sifting abilities (focuses project team and stakeholders on the top priorities – can focus on high level and detail level, knowing which is appropriate)
  • Ability to analyze data, identify links between facts, ideas and situations that have no obvious connection
  • Ability to self-direct and manage ambiguity
  • Lead by example to enable quicker decisions, energizing others by clarifying purpose/why, and stop projects without escalation



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

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Senior Portfolio Manager - Innovation & Renovation

Nestle USA
Arlington, Virginia 22209

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