Project Manager (Food)
Project Manager (food) - County Kildare. Job description: The successful candidate will be a key driver of the stage gate innovation process and is expected to deliver each "Innovation" project within the agreed timelines set out by the business. Building over time a track record of success is a key deliverable. Interested applicants should have a passion for food, an in-depth knowledge within the areas of nutrition, food safety, culinary styles, and ideally the techniques related to cooking meat. In this role youwill be expectec to take an active part in the ideation stage of any strategic planning within all areas of the innovation process, leading both culinary and process based ideation session for your key customers and target product categories. You will act a s "lean champion", ensuring that at each stage the key stakeholders are engaged in the process and agree with the tempo and the key deliverables. Running effective meetings, maintaining clear records of events, managing change within the process are key skills for this role. MAIN DUTIES: • Be the leader for your assigned projects from the start of the brief to the final review within the stage gate process. •Create pilot trials. • Scale up within factory. • Act on production reviews / improvement stage. • Review the product and process. • Complete the required steps to ensure all departments are clear at each step of the process, attending where possible all stages of trials, and briefing your appointed technologist clearly on what is required at pilot stage. • Attend all required daily and weekly meetings, ensuring that you maintain all required reports as agreed with your Manager. • Presentations to Customers and visit to their facilities are a key part of this role, leading the technical discussions, offering consumer insights and related concepts are key drivers. • Update your own project innovation pipeline on a weekly basis, communication of any significant changes or delays to the required team members, doing what is required to get the project back on time. • Present to your team on a regular basis a review of your projects, offering positive continuous improvement suggestions that deliver to the business core strategic plans. • Leverage culinary and technical access with key influencers within your targeted Customers and suppliers. Promoting the benefits of using the company as the "must-have" supplier and problem solver. • Developing a network of technical experts that can be called upon to assist within the innovation process. • Responsible for gate review meetings at each stage of the process. • To demonstrate a high level of competence in food or meat science, food processing, food legislation, specifications and recipe management. • Completion and recording of all sensory or benchmark analysis, product evaluations and concept reviews. Experience required for this role: Minimum of 5 years’ experience working in the Food Industry, with third-level qualification in Food Science or similar field. Competencies required for role: • Ability to motivate, self-manage and use one’s own initiative. • Excellent project management skills and project leadership ability. • Team player who works well with others. • Excellent communication skills with the ability to facilitate meetings, provide daily and weekly updates and adhere to all boards and recording systems. • Innovative and problem-solving mindset with commitment to continuous improvement and delivering customer results. • Excellent technical ability focusing on problem solving solutions. • Good attention to detail and accuracy. • Ability to handle multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment. • A ‘can do’ attitude. • Flexible attitude with an aim to meet all business demands. This job originally appeared on RecruitIreland.com.
254 days ago