Sr. Project Manager - R&D in Florham Park, NJ at The Nature's Bounty Co.

Date Posted: 2/13/2020

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Company Description

Since time began, the earth’s been a generous contributor to people’s well-being. We haven’t been around quite that long, but The Nature’s Bounty Co. has been enriching lives of consumers around the world for more than 70 years. And before we even got started, the world was developing our motivation: Nature’s bountiful effects on people’s health.

Through our years, we’ve been a leader in health and wellness with our innovative products and solutions. We put science and the highest quality standards at the heart of our business—that’s why The Nature’s Bounty Co. brands are some of the most trusted in the world. We’re a leading global manufacturer, marketer, distributor and retailer of vitamins, nutritional supplements, sports & active nutrition, and ethical beauty products. 

We’re also a great place to work, with excellent benefits, competitive compensation and a progressive, healthy company culture. If you’ve ever spent your workdays watching the clock, you know how important a positive work environment is for a person’s well-being. The Nature’s Bounty Co. is committed to supporting wellness in all its forms. And when it comes to wellness, nature is a pretty good place to start.

Job Description

The Nature's Bounty Co. is currently recruiting for a  Senior Project Manager, R&D. This is a significant leadership role within the Global Portfolio and Project Management Office (PPMO).  This role focuses on hands-on project management for multiple New Product Development (NPD) projects across a variety of franchises. The Senior Project Manager will lead multiple cross-functional teams simultaneously through all stages of the project life cycle, from feasibility analysis and scope definition through to launching on time and in full.

The Senior Project Manager embodies a productive, general management mindset for each project, striving to lead his/her teams to deliver products that delight the consumer and deliver profitable growth to the business, while also identifying opportunities along the way to improve our process and capabilities for future endeavors.  This role also provides leadership that extends beyond projects to ensure leadership across the pipeline for a brand or franchise/business unit.  You will be a role model for other project managers and project team members across other functions, bringing best practices and capabilities to bear to enhance the way projects are executed and pipelines are managed.

This position can be based out of our Florham Park, NJ location or our Ronkonkoma, NY HQ location.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Deliver NPD programs; efficiently meeting scope requirements, with quality, on time and in full
  • Utilize best-practice project management knowledge, skills, tools and techniques to plan, manage and deliver idea/concept through launch and project close-out
  • Lead multiple complex projects through kick-off/team formation, define project plan/scope with cross-functional team, create/manage master project timeline and ensure all required activities/critical path tasks and resources are aligned with agreed-to project deliverables
  • Monitor project status and execution; keep timelines up-to-date, keep risk assessments current, develop agendas, minutes, metrics, etc. for project teams
  • Manage multiple complex projects through NBTY Stage Gate process including providing guidance and expertise to teams on stage gate expectations, deliverables, and facilitating the completion of required assessments and documentation
  • Proactively identify and escalate risks and issues to relevant stakeholders; with direction and guidance, lead development and delivery of risk mitigation strategies
  • Develop project resource plans; obtain buy in from cross functional leaders and team members.
  • Identify project resource gaps.  Develop recommendation and gain alignment from key stakeholders for contingency plans and approach to bridge resource gaps
  • Demonstrate a strong inclination to improve the company, maintain productive relationships, communicate clearly, be customer centric, drive for results, and embody effective teamwork
  • Develop an expertise in the functioning of the company and the new product development process 
  • Proactively provide mentoring guidance and best-practice expertise to other Project Managers

Job Requirements

  • 7+ years’ experience of project management experience leading/managing cross-functional teams with 3+ years of direct experience in managing new product development projects from idea to market launch within a consumer goods company
  • Bachelor’s degree is required, preferably in Sciences, Engineering, Business or related discipline; Master’s degree or MBA or other advanced degree desirable.   PMP/PMI Certification(s) required; Six Sigma Certification is a plus
  • Must have experience working in at least one functional area (e.g. R&D, Supply Chain, Project Management, Procurement, or Marketing)
  • Proven ability to resolve conflict and act independently through ambiguity
  • Experience working with Stage Gate processes within a consumer packaged goods company is required
  • Experience with advanced team collaboration tools and methodologies is a plus
  • Proven ability to deliver programs on time and within budget 
  • Product lifecycle management (PLM) system knowledge desired
  • Must be familiar with standard PM tools and templates; strong MS Office suite skills; project planning expertise using Microsoft Project or comparable tool is required
  • Experience interacting with and influencing senior leadership is required

The Nature's Bounty Co. is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status. 

The Nature's Bounty Co. offers a competitive salary and a comprehensive benefits package, which includes health and dental plans, voluntary short-term and long-term disability, life insurance, flexible spending accounts, 401(k), tuition reimbursement, generous associate discounts and more! 

Please contact Human Resources at 631-200-2120 if you should need a reasonable accommodation to submit your information for our on-line job postings.

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