Nestle Project Manager - Portfolio Development Lead in Arlington, Virginia

Nestlé USA and Gerber have always been committed to offering healthy foods and products in people’s lives from the beginning. Now more than ever in the new Arlington, VA headquarters, we are dedicated to bringing even more quality ingredients and nutritious foods. Nestlé USA and Gerber are transforming what we do, how we do it, and how we work to enrich healthy lives.

Our new home in Arlington VA directly across from Washington, DC offers close proximity to world-class restaurants, shopping, and museums. You are steps away from the renowned national landmarks such as the Washington Monument and the world’s largest museum complex, the Smithsonian Museums.

Now is the time to define your future, and ours, too. Find your fulfilling personal and professional life, matched with our competitive benefits, focus on innovation and limitless opportunities to learn and advance your career. Discover the ways that Nestlé USA & Gerber values and supports our employees and community. Giving back continues to be a part of our tradition. As the world’s leading nutrition, health and wellness company, our focus is not only about nourishing our customers, it’s about enriching you.

The Portfolio Development Lead will shepherd products through the end-to-end process, from ideation through commercialization, engaging critical parties as required across both Gerber US and broader Nestle. The Portfolio Development Lead will have the opportunity to substantially influence innovation portfolio through active performance tracking and management.

Day to day Project Management:

Execute as per the I2L flow: Apply project management tools and skills to ensure the on-scope, on-time and on-quality launch and flawless execution of I&R projects of simple to medium complexity from Identify (or later entry stage) to end of delivery stage.

  • Ensure all product development and innovation stage-gates and requirements are met, and maintains timeline;

  • Drive new product launches, including managing the process to successfully scope, develop, and launch new products;

  • Develop scalable systems and processes to support new launches;

  • Work with suppliers and co-manufacturers to maintain development timelines;

  • Track projects, manage development timelines and facilitate the day-to-day aspects of a project and scope;

  • Communicate product development strategy, updates and risk to senior management and broader organization; and

  • Allocate resources against project objectives.

Portfolio Development:

  • Building awareness and influence among senior leadership to make optimal prioritization and commercialization decisions;

  • Participate in monthly portfolio review meetings with relevant stakeholders (brand managers, operations leads, commercialization leads, Innovation Associate Brand Managers);

  • Represent innovation projects with multiple stakeholders including brand marketing, operations, finance, and sales;

  • Perform in a fast-paced environment while continuing to be detail-focused/energized;

  • Exercise strong communication skills with collaborative spirit to move projects forward; and

  • Ability to collaborate and drive cross-functional consensus; business-and innovation-savvy.

  • Minimum 5 years of cross-functional experience gained through participation in I&R projects, or through mission/assignment in various organizations

  • 2 to 3 years of project management experience

  • Has successfully shown leadership skills within a cross-functional team

  • Has worked in a matrix-like structure

  • Has demonstrated courage and ability to solve problems

  • Proven communication skills

  • Self-starter able to build and execute an approach in an ambiguous context

  • Experienced with managing multiple work streams in a fast-paced environment with the ability to shift priorities as needed

  • Well versed in variety of innovation and development approaches, technically savvy with metrics and analytics

  • Ability to collaborate and drive cross-functional consensus; business-and innovation-savvy

  • Demonstrated proactive and collaborative leadership

  • Bachelor of Science degree required

Job: Marketing/Brand Management

Organization: Nestle Nutrition

Title: Project Manager - Portfolio Development Lead

Location: VA-Arlington-Arlington

Requisition ID: 18008816

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