Program Manager ~ Contract Manufacturing

Niagara Bottling - Ontario, CA3.1

ContractEstimated: $120,000 - $160,000 a year
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Work in an entrepreneurial and dynamic environment with a chance to make an impact.
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Have the opportunity to build a satisfying career.
We offer competitive compensation and benefits packages for our Team Members.

Program Manager ~ Contract Manufacturing
The Contract Manufacturing team is a division dedicated to leading projects that drive both domestic and international expansion of the company. We strive on our strong analytical competencies, detailed knowledge of the product and market, our ability to build and maintain positive relationships and our knowledge of Niagara’s core competencies to help us achieve our goals of identifying the right opportunities for the business.

The Program Manager (PM) primarily supports cross-functional projects for Contract Manufacturing, collaborating with Product Development, R&D, Supply Chain, Finance, etc – ensuring that projects remain on track and able to lead and support each project as necessary. In addition to working with the internal teams, PM will also closely interface with the external customers in fielding inquiries and/or providing updates regarding project statuses/updates. The role focuses on exploring new business opportunities and their impact to the Niagara network, focusing on long-term business growth and development.
Essential Functions

Establishes and facilitates governance processes, creates roadmaps, and serves as subject matter expert on Project & Portfolio Management (PPM) processes & application.
Identify, design, and build PPM enhancements to meet needs of leadership, end users, and stakeholders
Establish and facilitate governance processes for PPM enhancement, sustain, and optimization
Communicate outcome of project prioritization meeting to cross-functional teams and ensure appropriate resources are allocated across the organization to support contract manufacturing pipeline of projects
Coordinate across teams to manage list of all active projects, track status and prepare summaries as needed and lead or participate in project prioritization meetings with senior leadership every quarter
Develop a project plan that includes a project timeline, detailed task-driven schedule, resource and communication plan
Reconcile strategic business plan targets, identify and communicate gaps along with gap-closing proposals
Drive continuous improvement in portfolio reporting and senior leadership engagement
Manage several complex and new product initiatives through key milestones ensuring timely completion of all deliverables
Manage assigned projects with a clear understanding of business and brand context, and develop an understanding of cross-program portfolio dependencies
Work seamlessly with internal teams on joint timelines and smooth handoff of projects at the appropriate stages
Drive accountability to project critical path deliverables and identify milestones and trip wires
Communicate with and influence business leaders to make sound business decisions and manage risks Translate business strategies into clear initiative action plans
Demonstrate desire and passion to lead breakthrough efforts with willingness to learn and explore outside of normal boundaries to accelerate results Initiate and lead cross-functional meetings with key stakeholders to review project status, key deliverables, risks, issues, decisions and actions
Develop strong partnerships at all levels across the commercial and technical teams
Ensure that project status reports are relevant, transparent, and add value
Work independently, with limited day-to-day guidance from leadership
Please note this job description is not designed to contain a comprehensive list of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without prior notice

3-5 years – Experience in Manufacturing/Operations/Business Development
3-5 years – Experience in Project Management Position
  • experience may include a combination of work experience and education
5-7 years – Experience in Manufacturing/Operations/Business Development
5-7 years – Experience in Project Management Position
  • experience may include a combination of work experience and education

Experience successfully working with cross functional/ multi-discipline teams across the organization while delivering outstanding results
Ability to lead and drive results from a position of influence
Ability to prioritize and execute tasks in a pressurized environment and work proactively to ensure project milestones are met
Proficiency in program stage gating with demonstrated performance in leading complex initiatives and programs from establishment through launch
Desire to drive continuous process improvement by challenging the way things are done and engaging all functions in the company
Excellence in structuring complex tasks and possess strong coordination skills
Highly motivated and self-driven professional: skillful, productive, efficient, creative
Ability to work actively with the program functional leads to optimize the collaboration between the work streams, resolve issues and escalate when necessary to ensure timely course changes when required by circumstances
Comfort with changing business requirements and flexibility in dealing with competing and changing priorities
Experience coaching others through change management
Effectively motivate and collaborate within team and across peer and leadership groups
Demonstrated ability to think creatively and strategically
Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and accommodate a rapid rate of change
Highly organized and process oriented Experience with risk assessment, management, and contingency planning
Synthesizing qualitative updates across various teams into clear and concise reports
Advanced Microsoft Office Applications (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Projects, etc)
This position embodies the values of Niagara’s LIFE competency model, focusing on the following key drivers of success:

Lead Like an Owner
Manages a safe working environment, accurately documents safety related training, and effectively communicates safety incidents
Provides strategic input and oversight to departmental projects
Makes data driven decisions and develops sustainable solutions
Skilled in reducing costs and managing timelines while prioritizing long run impact over short term wins
Makes decisions by putting overall company success first before department/individual success
Leads/facilitates discussions to get positive outcomes for the customer
Makes strategic decisions which prioritize the needs of the customer over departmental/individual goals
Continuously evaluates existing programs and processes, and develops new initiatives to increase efficiency and reduce waste
Creates, monitors, and responds to departmental performance metrics to drive continuous improvement
Communicates a clear vision, organizes resources effectively, and adjusts the strategy as needed when managing change
Find a Way
Demonstrates ability to think analytically and synthesize complex information
Effectively delegates technical tasks to subordinates
Works effectively with departments, vendors, and customers to achieve organizational success
Identifies opportunities for collaboration in strategic ways
Empowered to be Great
Makes hiring decisions primarily based on culture fit and attitude, and secondarily based on technical expertise
Engages in long term talent planning
Provides opportunities for the development of all direct reports
Understands, identifies, and addresses conflict within own team and between teams

Minimum Required:
Bachelor's Degree in Engineering/Business/Operations or other related field or equivalent experience

MBA in Business/Strategic Development, Operations other related field or equivalent experience

Required: N/A
Preferred: N/A
Foreign Language

Required: None Required
Preferred: None Required
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