New Product Development Associate Project Manager

Position Purpose

Under minimal supervision, the New Product Development Associate Project Manager is responsible for overseeing assigned new product and product change initiatives through the entire NPD process and Life Cycle Management system to meet Delicato’s annual and long-term strategic and financial goals. This position coordinates the product development of packaging materials/elements for new brands, product changes, Master Data governance projects and Agency Brand integration and changes. The position also tracks projects from the Development phase through archive status and contributes to company culture of innovation and continuous improvement in order to evolve the company’s products to meet today’s fast-moving business environment.Under minimal supervision, the New Product Development Associate Project Manager is responsible for overseeing assigned new product and product change initiatives through the entire NPD process and Life Cycle Management system to meet Delicato’s annual and long-term strategic and financial goals. This position coordinates the product development of packaging materials/elements for new brands, product changes, Master Data governance projects and Agency Brand integration and changes. The position also tracks projects from the Development phase through archive status and contributes to company culture of innovation and continuous improvement in order to evolve the company’s products to meet today’s fast-moving business environment.

Essential Duties

•  Manages the complex new product development process for all business units for Delicato and Agency brands for the Development, Final Artwork & Validation, Implementation, Launch, Measurement, Archive and Discontinuation phases of life cycle management, including project documentation.
•  Coordinates with key stakeholders to ensure that the project plan is adhered to and contains objectives, product material definitions, financials, SAP configuration information, and timelines
•  Co-Facilitates weekly implementation call to review project status and regular project meetings to communicate progress and establish resolution of issues on all new product and product change initiatives with a cross functional team
•  Identifies potential risks, researches potential solutions, and proposes a resolution in a timely manner to effect changes and corrections when needed
•  Maintains the Document of Record for accuracy and completion across divisions and corporate programs for New Products Requests, Change Orders and Engineering Change Orders once they have entered the Implementation phase
•  Provides proactive communication status to the customer and other key stakeholders
•  Tracks proofs and approvals from suppliers for packaging materials related to active new product and packaging refresh projects, from receipt, routing, approval and first production. Collaborates with stakeholders to ensure flow of approval meets deadlines
•  Influences others within cross functional team to prove high level of quality and efficiency, keeping projects on time and delivering a high level of client satisfaction.
•  Supports efforts in cost and complexity reductions, suggests alternative material components, suggests alternative material components aligned with value engineering standards, identifies and helps to minimize potential risks
•  Conducts post-audit when projects are complete and scorecards the results
•  Advises and supports Supply Chain on best approaches to deliver desired end-products
•  Prepares ad-hoc analysis and tools to provide insight and drive continuous improvement
•  Creates and maintains comprehensive project documentation adhering to all ISO requirements and records retention policy
•  Reports and escalates unresolvable issues to management, as needed

*Other duties may be assigned

Minimum Requirements

Education and Experience

•  3+ years direct or related experience in product development, project management or similar role experience necessary to perform the essential duties

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

•  Must have excellent communication skills, demonstrated supervisory skills, and proven problem-solving ability
•  Possess a high degree of self-motivation and personal responsibility, with the ability to work with cross-functional teams
•  Knowledge of MS Office suite; knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite a plus
•  Meticulous approach and polished delivery
•  Ability to juggle multiple demands. Budget/cost conscious
•  Problem solving/decision making
•  Ability and desire to collaborate with coworkers across multiple functional areas

Working Conditions

•  Required to drive automotive vehicle or equipment
•  Occasionally may be required to lift and carry cases of wine

Work Standards

•  Acts in a manner reflective of the Company culture of High Moral Standards, Innovation and Continuous Evolution, Trust in Team, Continuous Improvement, and Sustainable Relationships
•  Communicates, interacts, and works effectively with others; receptive to feedback and coaching; voices concerns in a constructive manner
•  Demonstrates commitment to safety first; communicates safety concerns; promotes a safe work environment based on established safety standards and training
•  Follows all Company policies and procedures

Additional Comments

Management retains the discretion to add to or change the duties of the position at any time.

California Pay Transparency Disclaimer: This is a Exempt position. The pay range for this position is $65,000.00 to $101,550.00.

Actual placement within range will be contingent upon a number of factors, including but not limited to the candidate’s qualifications, education, experience, internal equity and alignment with market data.

Delicato Family Wines offers its employees a generous and comprehensive benefits package. The core health insurance components include medical, dental and vision, where Delicato covers nearly the entire cost for employees and a large percentage for dependents. Addition…