New Product Development Associate Program Manager

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JOB PURPOSE:

Creates and manages timelines for multiple global projects from initiation through to product launch. Interacts with a variety of functional representatives across many management levels to explore alternative solutions and reach decisions in a manner that meets project timeline commitments.  Project Leader to have a general understanding of task dependencies and critical milestones and how they relate to other steps in the product launch cycle.
 
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: 

1. Provides support to NPD team members including representation from teams such as Brand, Purchasing, R&D, Package Engineering, Contract Services, Regulatory Affairs, Engineering, Operations, Creative Services, GIC/Planning, and Finance. Oversees all aspects of the project, ensuring team members remain on track and any delays are effectively addressed. Presents projects at Gate Reviews to senior leadership to assess project progress, share identified risks and action plans created, and gain approval to continue using resources to keep the projects moving forward. Follows up on any action items from the gate review and keeps team informed of discussions and decisions made by senior leadership.

2. Create and manage multiple Project Plans (schedules, budgets, resources, risks and deliverables) securing input from all affected functional areas of the company. Sets appropriate timelines, tracks key milestones, and reports project progress against key milestones. Understands timing and steps required for each task in a product launch. Works with NPD team to negotiate reduced timing when necessary. Identifies risks and creates action plans.

3. Utilizes Product Lifecycle Management system to track, document, analyze and report project progress. Acts as a gatekeeper for all project related items, including but not limited to the Project Justification and project timelines. Also manages change control for the Project Justification and scope of the project. Determines preparedness for gate reviews.

4. Monitors critical path activities. Follows up with team members to ensure project stays on track. Works to resolve timing constraints if critical task are delayed. Works with the team to formulate recommendations for the project based on the triple constraint priority. Delivers the project successfully - on time, on budget and meeting product costs. Elevates issues and escalates to PMO management as needed to keep project on track and to remove barriers to success.

5. Monitors project progress and provides updates to PMO management to align on action plan prior to execution. Provides guidance on project issues and works with the team to resolve issues. Continues building relationships with team members, functional teams and global partners to start leading and influencing a team.

6. Schedules and conducts cross functional team meetings. Publishes meeting agendas and minutes with identified action items to hold team members accountable. Reviews past due and upcoming items to ensure team is aware of what is expected to keep the project on track. Uses the cross functional team meetings as a forum to discuss issues and determine next steps.

7. Gains understanding of how project decisions impact COG%, overhead, direct labor, line decisions, and contract manufacturing costs to provide assessments of where costs can be reduced.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

Education:   
Bachelor’s degree required.

Experience:
1+ years of related experience with product development and/or project management experience, preferably in a cosmetic/beauty/fashion industry environment. Knowledge of project management processes and business fundamentals is preferred.

1. Must be proficient in the use of tracking/resource system; MS Excel (development of spreadsheets, import/export and linking); MS Word; MS PowerPoint; and MS Outlook. Oracle Agile software experience is desired.

2. Must possess interpersonal and communication skills as well as a strong drive for results.

3. Must be organized, capable of managing high levels of detail, and handling multiple activities/tasks under pressure.

4. Must have a strong, assertive personality balanced with a respect for others.

5. Must be comfortable working with all levels in the organization, bringing up issues and providing recommendations for action plans.

6. PMP® certification is preferred.

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