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Project Specialist

Corona, CA 92879

Posted: 04/29/2019 Employment Type: Direct Placement Category: Project Managers Job Number: 81432

Position Summary:
  • The Project Coordinator is an active member of the cross functional New Product Commercialization efforts, focusing on new product initiatives.
  • The Project Specialist works as part of the project team led by the Project manager but is responsible to project manage certain sub projects.
  • The main responsibility of the role is to manage secondary packaging artwork involving the creation, specification development and the proofing with external vendors of secondary artwork.
  • The role is also responsible to manage the GS1 membership for the markets to generate the basic data needed for all new SKUs.
  • The role is also responsible to provide organization and task management around the activities to set up the bill of material in SAP and material for commercial retail set up.
  • The position is responsible for project navigation and leading teams through critical checkpoints.
  • The ideal candidate should employ effective problem solving and should be able to easily adapt in a fast-paced, constantly evolving environment where priorities shift from day to day. 
  • The candidate should be an objective leader representing cross-functional team members by connecting through positive and respectful interactions.  Be approachable, listen actively and stay open to new ideas.

Essential Job Functions:

Project Management
  • Collaborate with Project Managers (PM’ s) to build project time lines focusing on Set up, secondary packaging and commercial deliverables to ensure a timely execution of product. 
  • Develop and execute against project plans and critical deadlines set-forth by PM’ s
  • Communicate daily with key stakeholders by identifying risks/opportunities
  • Mentor, guide and train teams in the process

Secondary packaging management
  • Manage die-line creation and database based on manufacturer
  • Communicate with plate making party on appropriate print technique and inks to meet specs set forth by marketing
  • Project manage creation request with internal Graphics department, deadline management, proofing management with our side vendors to ensure that overall project deadlines are being met.
  • Project manage and Trouble shoot issues thru consulting with other stakeholders at MEC to resolve issues around packaging.  
  • Lead regular cross-functional team meetings to ensure information is shared appropriately with leadership team. 

SAP SET UP management
  • Carry out the NPD tasks associated with each SKU set up thru the winshuttle process
  • Collaborate with IT in business flow around set up.
  • Trouble shoot and generate work arounds for possible project delays.
  • Keep track of progress and priorities for the overall cross functional team handling all SAP set up

Maintain tool and carry out tasks that facilitates the work of the cross-functional NPD teams by providing organization, transparency, effective communication and coordination.
  • Daily Follow-Ups with stakeholders about priorities and progress of SAP set up .
  • Secondary Artwork Proofing overviews for the greater project team
  • Management of 3D Renditions of packaging for commercial activation
  • Creation of Spec Sheets to enable retail set up
  • Retail Electronic ordering systems (One World Sync)
  • Manage creation of Sales samples

Position Requirements:

Leadership Skills
  • Ability to understand how our products are linked between cross-functional teams, co-packers, flavor houses, material vendors, etc.
    • Ability to handle lots of information and to stay on task
    • Have a sense of urgency, solid work ethics, attention to detail
  • Possess strong emotional intelligence and facility communication and interact effectively throughout the organization:
    • Communicate in a way that people can hear, understand and take action
      • Model calm, poised leadership in entrepreneurial, fast-paced environment
    • Able to take ambiguous situations and add structure and clarity for the team
      • Connect through positive and respectful interaction
      • Create credibility and trust with senior executive team
    • Be approachable, listen actively and stay open to new ideas
  • Take ownership and responsibility for actions, behaviors and contributions.
  • Excellent execution and performance management skills and is results-driven.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, business planning and project organization.
  • Ability to create credibility and trust with senior executive team and work/interact effectively with individuals throughout the organization. 
  • Highly motivated, self-directed professional with demonstrated ability to bring immediate value to a business                
  • Commitment to an open and hard-working culture with a real sense of urgency.
  • A “ make things happen” attitude.  

Technical Expertise

Proficiency with analytical and presentation tools (Excel and  PowerPoint) other project management/team collaboration tools.
  • Graphics printing a plus

Education/Training

Bachelor’ s preferred

Travel

Minimal travel required (< 5%).
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