PRODUCT DEVELOPMEnT MANaGER JOB
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Job Tile: Product Development
Job Number: 2016-40964
Date Posted: 6-3-2016
Responsible for supervising
and managing activities of project managers and project coordinators across
their respective product development and pre-development pipeline projects.
Ensure product and project specs, scope and budget parameters are met on time
first time. Manage and optimize departmental processes, seek cost saving and
time saving initiatives, and provide training and supervision to support
staff to exceed departmental and corporate goals.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Manage Product Development Processes and Supervise Project
- Manage and supervise all
projects and product development activities of lead project managers and
coordinators and report on project timelines, scope and prioritizations.
- Develop comprehensive
timelines with milestones based on product type, manufacturer and
launch timing goals.
- Work with Science Team and PD
Technical Managers to ensure project is meeting all requirements in
regards to timing, costing, and packaging and label claim/prototypes.
- Actively supervise and
participate in technical trouble shooting on projects to utilize past
experiences and problem solving.
- Ensure artwork process and
other marketing processes are established within the project milestones.
- Oversee the Conduct of cost
analysis of projects to guide formulation and develop forecasting for
raw materials where necessary.
- Verify fill studies program
results and packaging spec process
- Manage and participate in
conducting sensory evaluations and discussions to drive decisions best
for the product and our consumers.
Communication and Reporting
- Provide regular updates to
cross functional teams in a concise format to include status,
challenges, issue resolution and ensure success of the programs
- Manage the end to end reporting
of projects from top level to dive deep views on critical milestones.
- Oversee weekly manufacturing
calls and internal product development meetings.
- Communicate early in project to
management any concerns regarding the jeopardy of a new product’s
committed ship date.
- Maintain accurate records of
project history (electronic and physical)
Optimization and Streamlining Efforts
team is using best practices to deliver products that excite the
consumer and align with the goals of the projects and cross functional
time-to-market and “how we do things” in systematic intervals and
provide suggestions for re-direction where necessary.
Future Business Opportunities and Relationships (internal and
and strengthen internal GNC relationships through collaborative
discussions and interactions where the Product Development team is
viewed as a partner. Through this interaction, this role should be sure
to communicate project challenges and ensure success of project through
accurate and achievable commitments.
department in fostering current relationships with manufacturers and raw
department in researching future opportunities in the areas of food
science and dietary supplement manufacturing.
to taste and screen various products and ingredients for flavor and
verbal and written communication.
math and computer skills and ability to analyze data- Excel (spreadsheet
organization, formulas and manipulation of data), Word, PowerPoint,
Internet and various other necessary applications.
to work in a fast paced environment in a highly organized fashion.
to work independently with little direction and accept a fluid/evolving
to critically read technical documents/formulations, identify
and trouble-shoot challenges, and analyze next steps and timing.
to interact with technical professionals (scientists, manufacturing),
sales and marketing professionals.
- Assign projects and tasks to
direct reports and Provide guidance and coaching
- Set deadlines for projects and
ensure teams are on schedule
- Establish leadership role
within departmental peers. Goal is for collaboration with peers to create
a unified team which will be showcased via activities/outputs to reduce
redundancy and increase efficiency.
- Assist in creation and
execution of departmental SOP’s.
A passion for
nutrition is preferred.
experience in product development and project management in consumer
health packaged goods products.
and supervisory experience.
4 year degree minimum;
Preferred training in 6 Sigma and/or PMP practices
GNC is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Protected
Veterans/Disabled Individuals Employer