Ferrara, a company related to The Ferrero Group, is an emerging powerhouse in the North American confections and sweet snacking categories. A passionate team of more than 6,000 employees works together to share delight in every bite through leading brands that have shaped the industry for more than 100 years.

Associate Project Manager, Commercialization

Job Location: Chicago

Want to make an impact?

The Associate Project Manager, Commercialization is responsible for delivering projects with moderate complexity through the Commercialization phase. These projects are comprised of New Product Development (NPD), line extensions, graphic or packaging changes, and/or productivity improvements. This role will partner with the Project Managers through these phases to ensure deliverables, success criteria, timing, and risk/mitigation profile is clear and executed. This individual will also drive integration with the team and ensure alignment with business commitments. This position will manage multiple, simultaneous projects, typically with moderate complexity. 

Ways you will make a difference

  • Partner with Project Managers accountable for the “end to end” project management to deliver all commercialization project types on time
  • Support the Sugar Stage Gate Process and pre-alignment meetings
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams (e.g. Marketing, Manufacturing, Finance, R&D, Procurement, and Packaging Engineering) to support successful project execution
  • Manage project timelines, success criteria, issues, risks, decisions, and assumptions
  • Communicate project status updates to Senior Management; collaborate with cross functional team to develop recommendations to mitigate issues
  • Gather feedback on improving the commercialization process; support the development, documentation, and implementation of process improvements
  • Develop go/no-go recommendations based on the viability of a strategic initiative
  • Perform special projects as required

Skills that will make you successful

  • Understanding of process and product workflow management systems and tools preferred
  • Experience in project management or consulting preferred
  • Results driven
  • Strong work ethic with high sense of urgency, accountability, and initiative
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and deadlines with an ownership mentality
  • Comfortable with conflict and professionally managing to a solution
  • Willingness to address issues with urgency
  • Effective communicator, both written and verbal
  • Business acumen with strong analytical skills
  • Continuous improvement mindset with high tolerance for ambiguity

Experiences that will support your success

  • BA/BS required; quantitative majors preferred (i.e. Operations Management, Engineering)
  • MBA or MS a plus
  • 3+ years of relevant experience required
  • Experience and skill presenting concepts across diverse audiences
  • Proficiency in SAP software and Business Objects/Business Intelligence preferredt

 

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Our diverse portfolio of nearly 35 brands includes SweeTARTS®, Trolli®, BRACH'S®, Black Forest® and NERDS®, along with iconic favorites like Lemonhead®, Red Hots® and Now and Later®. Ferrara also manages the Keebler® and Famous Amos® businesses for The Ferrero Group.  Headquartered in Chicago, Ferrara has an operational network of 20 locations in North America that includes manufacturing, distribution and R&D facilities. Learn more at www.ferrarausa.com.

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