Senior Project Manager - R & D (Dairy)

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Salary period: Annual
Additional classifications: Engineering
How do you get athletes and exercisers to play harder and perform better for longer amounts of time? How do you lower salt by 25 to 50 percent without taking away the taste people love? How do you balance biological needs with cultural wants, while minimizing impacts to local ecosystems? At PepsiCo, we're rethinking research and development to look beyond flavor, color and intensity of taste. As we study and understand how the body metabolizes foods and beverages, we're designing convenience products that make it easier for consumers to lead healthier lifestyles. Our global team of clinicians, epidemiologists, quality professionals and food scientists are working to develop new products that can improve people's diets and their lives. Join our team of experts who use the most advance technologies and scientific methods with the purpose of improving lives every day. We are in need of a Senior Dairy Project Manager.
ΓΆΒ ΒΆ Create and lead cross functional Technical Teams through the Stage Gate process from Feasibility to Launch
ΓΆΒ ΒΆ Communication conduit between the R&D cross functional Technical Team and the Business Tea
ΓΆΒ ΒΆ Understand the key technical characteristics and general business implications of the broad range of products, process, and packaging technologies used by PepsiCo.
ΓΆΒ ΒΆ Positively influence at all levels, within and outside the organization.
ΓΆΒ ΒΆ Develop effective working relationships to gain matrix resources to support group's initiatives.
ΓΆΒ ΒΆ Create and manage a cross-functional project plan to successfully deliver new product/process/package innovation, globally.
ΓΆΒ ΒΆ Facilitate the definition of scope, project goals, and success criteria
ΓΆΒ ΒΆ Perform deep risk analysis for complex projects, resulting in risk registers, mitigation strategies, and communication plans
ΓΆΒ ΒΆ Clearly communicate project status, risks, and scope creep with impact to all stakeholders on a regular basis
ΓΆΒ ΒΆ Develop, manage, and communicate project budgets, timelines, and resource needs
Critical Competencies:
The successful candidate will be experienced in the consumer goods industry and demonstrate the following skills.
ΓΆΒ ΒΆ Highly effective organization, negotiation, coordination, and presentation skills.
ΓΆΒ ΒΆ Ability to communicate effectively over the phone, online, and in person, across multiple cultures.
ΓΆΒ ΒΆ Ability to function effectively in stressful, fast-paced situations, with the personal leadership to influence and positively motivate self and peers.
ΓΆΒ ΒΆ Meeting facilitation skills.
ΓΆΒ ΒΆ Experience writing scope statements.
ΓΆΒ ΒΆ Strong understanding of linking research to business opportunity.
ΓΆΒ ΒΆ Leadership: Ability to lead and motivate multi-faceted teams.
ΓΆΒ ΒΆ Team Work: Ability to manage multiple priorities, think on their feet, and execute with speed.
ΓΆΒ ΒΆ Initiative and follow through : Independent decision maker in a fast paced and demanding environment.
ΓΆΒ ΒΆ Minimum of a Bachelor's Degree of Science or engineering
ΓΆΒ ΒΆ Minimum of 15 years' experience overall, preferably in a R & D Dairy environment
ΓΆΒ ΒΆ Minimum of 5 years' experience in project management and PM tools (FMEA, RACI, Microsoft Project, Stage Gate, etc.)
ΓΆΒ ΒΆ Background in low acid dairy development and commercialization and/or project management required
ΓΆΒ ΒΆ Experience in a consumer products research & development function a plus
ΓΆΒ ΒΆ Familiarity with PMI methodology
ΓΆΒ ΒΆ Project Management Professional Certified (PMP) is strongly desired
ΓΆΒ ΒΆ Six Sigma Knowledge/experience a plus
ΓΆΒ ΒΆ Willing to travel globally
ΓΆΒ ΒΆ Multi-lingual skills a plus - Spanish
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