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Project Manager

Company: Ghirardelli Chocolate
Location: San Leandro
Posted on: September 17, 2020

Job Description:

The Project Manager is responsible for leading the cross-functional effort to execute high priority, complex projects, mainly focused on managing new products, seasonal items and other time-critical items, through the Supply Chain in order to meet order, production and shipping timelines.

The Project Manager works side-by-side with cross-functional team members to:

  • Create project plans and timelines to document scope, requirements, key timings, milestones and decision points, based on internal & external constraints, slack time and launch dates.
  • Manage cross-functional team members and business processes to ensure timelines are maintained and decisions are made on time.
  • Capture and maintain project data in the Product Lifecycle Management and other applicable systems to ensure team members can access current/latest project information.
  • Develop and maintain tracking tools, for instance Key Performance Indicators, ensuring milestone, timeline and performance visibility to the cross-functional team and the larger organization, and implement process changes to improve performance as needed and agreed.
  • Develop, maintain and improve standard tools and processes for a systematic approach to routing new products, seasonal and in-and-out items, and other time-critical products through the Supply Chain, and train cross-functional team members on these tools and processes.
  • Drive a culture of continuous improvement in project delivery performance.
  • Facilitate team meetings as required, and ensure these meetings are systematic with agendas, decisions and actions recorded and distributed.
  • Create a culture of action, accountability and accomplishment within the team.
  • Anticipate potential problems or issues and proactively work with the cross-functional team to gather information required to make well-informed decisions and head off problems.
  • Resolve conflicts within team wherever possible. Manage escalations along functional management lines where conflicts cannot be resolved within time and/or wherever project delivery to agreed timing may be in jeopardy.
  • Present status updates upon request to various audiences up to and including the business management team.
  • Provide overall business oriented and objective leadership to cross-functional team.

    • Strong internal client management skills and negotiating skills to resolve issues.
    • Ability to anticipate problems and evaluate scenarios with associated risks
    • Confidence to elevate concerns to management team in an unbiased manner
    • Strong analytical, problem solving and organizational skills
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
    • Strong computer literacy in MS Office Applications
    • Project Management skills including use of MS Project

      Education and Work Experience:

      • Bachelor's degree in Business, Engineering or other relevant discipline
      • 5+ years managing projects with multiple parties and complex timelines and/or leading cross-functional teams
      • New product development/commercialization, brand management or supply chain management experience in consumer products industry preferred

Keywords: Ghirardelli Chocolate, San Leandro , Project Manager, Executive , San Leandro, California

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