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Manager, Portfolio Manager, New Product Development

Racine, Wisconsin Job ID 21692 Apply

As the Manager, Portfolio Manager, New Product Development you will manage the End-to-End New Product Development (E2E NPD) innovation portfolio for up to two of the major global categories, which includes:  

  • Ensuring accountability to E2E NPD, Stage Gate, Global Category Council (GCC) and Portfolio Council processes in service of category business objectives 
  • Serving as a key strategic influencer to the category cross-functional leadership team, bringing forward analytics-driven insights on portfolio health assessments (e.g. financial impact, strategic intent, innovation mix, risk, resource allocation considerations, pacing) to enable robust decision making. 
  • Applying internal/external best practice tools and methodologies across categories to influence continuous process improvements within and scaled across categories 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Collaborate with Marketing, RD&E and Global Supply Chain category leaders to ensure the portfolio of projects meets the business needs, balancing the immediate and long-term, ensuring visibility to innovation roadmaps through Strat2025 
  • Accountable for bringing continuous improvements forward to enable efficient and effective decision-making in Stage Gates, Global Category Councils (GCC) and Portfolio Councils 
  • Elevate and assure accountability to E2E NPD Principles through the Global Category Council (GCC) 
  • Lead strategic improvement initiatives, including identification of clear problem(s) to solve, establishing vision for change, scenario analysis and assessment of options, ultimately driving to operationalize new behaviors/processes/tools 
  • Support building of the business Integrated Growth Plan (IGP) 
  • Coach teams on E2E process, the role of Battlegrounds, use of Visual Performance Management and escalation of critical issues to cross-functional category leadership to ensure alignment and execution of innovation portfolio and category objectives 
  • Support the development of a category performance management process in service of Portfolio Health, including a metrics review and visual performance management in the category team 
  • Act as Change Agent in partnering with E2E subprocess owners to ensure clear alignment and robust connection with E2E NPD Process 

Required Skills / Experience / Competencies:

  • Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of 7 years of experience in product development in a business, brand or technical project management role OR a master’s degree with at least 5 years of relevant experience 
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in leading strategic improvement work including capabilities, product development processes, operational management or special business initiatives 

Preferred Skills / Experience / Competencies: 

  • Demonstrated track record for successfully managing a complex set of products, brands, projects and/or processes to deliver business results 
  • Proven ability to influence and lead across functions and management levels. 
  • Demonstrated collaboration skills, including strong evidence of cross-functional partnerships/relationships to drive process, behavior and cultural changes 
  • Demonstrated success of product launch through commercialization in marketing, RDE or supply chain function 
  • Strong organizational skills and demonstration of effective leadership in group meetings 
  • Building and managing performance metrics or experience in making data driven decisions 

Key Leadership Attributes: 

  • Thought Leadership – Ability to build cohesiveness and trust within a cross-functional team, balanced with judgment that can make the right decisions and commitment to deliver what is promised and accept outcomes 
  • Communication – Ability to effectively communicate new ideas and approaches to audiences ranging from executive management to consumers 
  • Teamwork – Ability to work effectively with internal and external cross-functional team members in a cooperative, co-located and/or virtual environment 
  • Strategic Agility and Influence – Able to develop strategic plans for long term value improvement while also possessing ability to Drive for Results in short term 
  • Sense of Urgency – A person who takes prompt action to accomplish goals; proactively attempts to influence events rather than passive 

Job Requirements:

  •  Full time
  • Core Business Hours with expectation to be available for calls & meetings across time zones
  • 0-5% travel 
  • Ability to lift 10 – 40 pounds 

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