Product Management Specialist in lancaster, NY

Upstate Niagara Cooperative Posted: 2022-05-12

lancaster, NY 14086

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Owned by 270+ family farms, Upstate Niagara Cooperative, Inc. is a food and beverage company that has offered innovative, award-winning, high-quality dairy products since 1965.
Our progressive cooperative’s success is based on a commitment to quality in everything we do that extends to every stage of operations, from our farms to the consumer.
Our product offerings include milk, flavored milk, yogurt, dip, sour cream, cottage cheese, Italian cheese, and ice cream mix marketed under the Upstate Farms®, Bison®, Milk for Life®, and Intense Milk® brands.

The Project Specialist’s role is to coordinate and facilitate successful execution of Sales and Marketing projects within the cooperative’s Commercial Division. Provides overall project support for new product innovation and development, product improvement, line extension, and cost savings initiatives to help achieve Upstate Niagara’s strategic goals.
The Project Specialist works with the Project Manager and a cross-functional team and demonstrates organization and planning skills to execute projects within the defined scope, budget, and timeline.
Position requires interaction with R&D, Sales, Marketing, Operations, Purchasing, Customer Service, and external stakeholders.

Duties and responsibilities
•Facilitates product life-cycle planning, including ideation, new product business case development, SKU rationalization, and commercial strategy and implementation
•Acts as a liaison between internal departments and external customers to define, design, and deliver new products and product enhancements that meet the company’s and its clients’ objectives and consumers’ needs
•Assists in the creation of project plans; updates and maintains project schedules across several different work streams and monitors project status
•Coordinates new item set-up process and maintains detailed product database
•Schedules meetings and provides progress reports; maintains accurate documentation
Works with project team to proactively identify and overcome project obstacles, helping secure leadership support and continued alignment
•Assists with consumer and trade promotion development and forecasting, competitive analysis, trade, customer, and consumer communications
•Ensures that commercialization objectives are aligned with manufacturing capability

•Strong interpersonal, organizational, time management, and communication skills
•Demonstrated project management know-how & attention to detail
•Experience working with project management platforms (i.e. Basecamp, MS Project, SharePoint, Smartsheet, etc.)
•Strong business acumen, influencing skills, adaptability
•High level of professionalism
•Prolific computer skills, particularly Microsoft Office

•Bachelor’s degree, in an applicable major (business management or marketing)
•Minimum two (2) years of experience working in a cross-functional environment – preferably with a CPG company
•Prior experience as a project specialist or similar position
Working conditions

Interpersonal Climate: Upstate Niagara is a company that values professional, cordial, quality communication and collaboration among staff members and takes place via a coordinated team approach that includes other departments. The ideal candidate will be willing and excited to join the team and support its efforts to generate innovative quality products.
Physical Climate: This position sometimes requires the candidate to enter wet and/ or humid conditions with mild to moderate noise levels. Safety training and protective equipment (such as ear plugs and steel toe shoes) are required and provided by the company.

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