Project Manager, Operations & Supply Chain


Chicago, IL, US, 60654

At Barry Callebaut, we are on a journey to transform the cocoa and chocolate industry. As the world’s leading manufacturer of high-quality chocolate and cocoa products, our actions truly shape the future of our industry. We are a business-to-business company, serving the entire food sector, from the cocoa bean to the finest chocolate product. We are a company with a purpose, we believe in doing well by doing good and reinvesting in the communities we operate. We have a long-standing commitment to sustainability and our goal is to shape a sustainable cocoa and chocolate future. We are headquartered in Zurich, and have more than 11,000 passionate Employees working in more than 35 countries worldwide. We are very proud of who we are and what we do. And of course, we are always looking for talented people to help us have a positive impact on our industry and beyond!

POSITION TITLE: Project Manager, Operations & Supply Chain

REPORTING TO: OSCO Strategy Director Americas



The Zurich-based Barry Callebaut Group is the world’s leading manufacturer of high-quality chocolate and cocoa products – from the origination and processing cocoa beans to producing the finest chocolates, including chocolate fillings, decorations and compounds. The Group runs more than 50 production facilities worldwide and employs a diverse and dedicated global workforce of over 11,500 people.


The Barry Callebaut Group serves the entire food industry, from industrial food manufacturers to artisanal and professional users of chocolate, such as chocolatiers, pastry chefs, bakers, hotels, restaurants, and caterers.



Job Summary:

The Project Manager, Operations and Supply Chain will coordinate with Business, Supply Chain, Operations, Engineering, and other Support teams to ensure successful implementation of Operations & Supply Chain strategic projects, including Capex implementations while holding commercial teams accountable for their commitments. The individual in this role will be a key contact and solution provider for internal and external customers and stakeholders.


Essential Functions:

  • Thorough understanding of the Business Cases, including commercial, investment and strategic assumptions to ensure the achievement of the approved business cases.
  • Organize and lead weekly status meetings, ensuring representation by functional departments on an as-needed basis
  • Coordinate integration activities of functional teams:
  • Engineering and Operations (CAPEX execution, production, permitting)
  • Supply Chain (materials management, logistics support, central planning)
  • Sales (commercial opportunities, sales presentations)
  • QA (supplier approval, plant modifications)
  • R&D and Master Data (product development, recipe approval, transfer approval, and system setup)
  • Sourcing (ingredient availability and delivered cost optimization)
  • Customer Service & Pricing
  • Prepare and/or assemble weekly status presentation, encompassing:
  • Investment spending
  • Ramp up Plans
  • Master Data (recipes; raw materials; customer; System)
  • Commercial Progress
  • Troubleshoot operational issues and engage appropriate resources as necessary
  • Identifies and manages resources, including cross-functional members, to successfully execute projects;
  • Support setup and management of strategic co-man / co-pack activities for the region




  • Bachelor’s degree in Business or Operations Management, Supply Chain, or Engineering


Work Experience:

  • At least 5 years of Project Management and Operations experience in a Manufacturing industry
  • At least 5 years of experience in a Supply Chain function


Additional Requirements:

  • Demonstrated solving problem skills
  • Creative thinking with emphasis on developing innovative solutions
  • Ability to work with deadlines and independently
  • Excellent implementation and execution skills
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment
  • Strong project management and delegating skills
  • Ability to prioritize competing demands from multiple departments


What you can expect from Barry Callebaut:

  • A competitive compensation package including salary, benefits, and vacation time 
  • A collaborative atmosphere with like-minded individuals who are passionate about chocolate 
  • The ability to grow your career within an organization that values development and internal career growth 

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.


If you want to learn more about Barry Callebaut, please find further information here.

Nearest Major Market: Chicago

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