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Senior Project Manager - R&D

Job Description

A collective energy and ambition. A place where you can make a real difference.

We’re a company that genuinely cares about our people, our products, our consumers and the environment.

Our unique, informal culture champions courage, determination and collaboration. Knowing we have an open and supportive team means each of us has the freedom to take responsibility and ownership. We have a shared passion to work hard, innovate and push boundaries.

United by the belief that when we strive for growth, anything is possible. While we might not be the largest company in our industry, we believe we can have the biggest impact because: Together We Have the Power to Win.

Role Summary                                                          

The Senior Project Manager has primary responsibility of leading multi-functional teams to successfully execute complex projects by defining, planning and tracking key project deliverables. He/she is responsible for identifying key resources and providing the direction required for meeting the project objectives.  He/she may also be tapped to lead large corporate projects related to mergers and plant needs.

He/She will also be responsible for Portfolio Management of the SBUs they are responsible for and lead Portfolio Review/Prioritization meetings to ensure effective resource management and project prioritization as needed.

As a Sr Manager, he/she will also have one or more Associates supporting him or her. He/she will be responsible for coaching and developing their direct reports and have overall accountability for successful execution of all PMO led projects within their SBUs.

He/She will also be responsible for working with the PMO Group Leader to develop and lead PMO process/systems improvements.

Role Accountabilities and Responsibilities   (Describe the 5-7 major accountabilities)                                                       

  • Manage a portfolio of projects across several SBUs while understanding not only the intricacies of each project but how they interact and where synergies lie.

  • Establish clear priorities among activities and drive SBU leaders’ priorities throughout the portfolio.

  • Utilize PM tools to ensure appropriate key project documentation is prepared throughout project lifecycle (charters, business case, work orders, design input/output form, financial templates, etc.)

  • Utilize the PM tools to prepare, track, and report on the project plan/status

  • Identify project resource needs & work with PM leadership to ensure projects are properly supported

  • Lead weekly multi-functional team meetings - address issues, discuss status updates and action items, analyze risk and identify contingency plans.  Arbitrate and resolve conflicts.

  • Involve functional expertise in design reviews and key decisions. Pull together the right information to help drive key project decisions  

  • Manage changes to preserve business plan commitments. Initiate management reviews if objectives change.

  • Ensure all team members understand their roles and accept their responsibilities.

  • Perform ‘Lessons Learned’ after major launches and drive learnings into the management of future projects

  • Assist the PMO Group Leader with Stage Gate preparations

  • Provide input to help continuously improve the effectiveness of the PMO.

  • Coach and develop junior PMs.

Education and Experience                                                          

  • BA/BS Degree (science preferred) from an accredited institution

  • 10+ years CPG industry experience (preferably R&D, Operations or Engineering) in PMO

  • OTC or regulated product categories experience preferred

  • PMP certified preferred but not required

Skills and Competencies

  • Excellent computer skills (PowerPoint, Excel Spreadsheets, Word, etc)

  • Experience successfully leading a portfolio of complex projects

  • Experience leading multi-functional team in a matrix organization

  • Excellent communication (oral and written) skills with experience presenting to Sr. Management.

  • Exceptional troubleshooting and problem resolution skills

  • Critical thinking and decision making skills

  • Project Management skills (MS Project, Gantt charts, cross-functional leadership).

  • Experience with a Stage and Gate product development process

  • Experience managing direct reports


Church & Dwight is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer/Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities.

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