Project Manager, R&D - Innovation


Pennsauken, NJ, US, 60654

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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 12,000 passionate Employees working in more than 40 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!

About the role: 


Barry Callebaut is a global organization poised for growth; a company which has embraced the vision to delight its customers, while out-performing its competitors, a business which is committed to sustainability, has innovation in its DNA, is a leader in complex manufacturing and supply chain solutions and is focused on being a best-in-class employer. Barry Callebaut seeks diverse and passionate people who thrive in a dynamic environment, focused on continuous learning, living BC’s Values and of course loving chocolate.


The Project Manager, R&D - Innovation will be the Technical Project Lead responsible to design desirable, feasible, and viable solutions that bring to market the Barry Callebaut (and/or customer’s) Innovation pipeline on time and in full. The incumbent will be the Project Manager Office for selected high profile and/or complex Innovation projects. 

Key responsibilities include: 


  • Define the technical requirements that fit a sought-after consumer experience that will be the basis of the work at Feasibility stage (i.e. Product Development Brief)
  • Owns the design, coordination, and execution of the technical path to solution of the entire project (inclusive of laboratory and factory trials). Leads, collaborates, and challenges all technical functions (process engineering/controlling, regulatory, Q&FS) to define resource needs, assess and mitigate risks, CapEx or new raw material requirements
  • Manages and communicates to Marketing Project Owner and (senior) stakeholders all aspects related to the Technical Readiness Level of the project, makes recommendations, and influences decision making
  • Manages one of raw material categories for the Region (e.g. flavors). By interacting with Barry Callebaut sourcing, suppliers, and R&D ensures Barry Callebaut maintains the minimum and appropriate portfolio of raw materials
  • Working closely with the Marketing project owner, defines, initiates, plans, designs, monitors, and closes the project
  • Leads and holds accountable team members to assess and manage risks, drive decision making, and ensure adherence to timeline, milestones, and overall objectives
  • Leads communication chain with cross functional team, manages conflict resolution, and develops monitoring methods and provides corrective action if necessary
  • Defines meeting agendas & objectives ensuring they are met, takes minutes, and promptly distributes them
  • Communicates & escalates project status/issues with senior stakeholders when needed


About you:


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Food Technology Sciences, Food Engineering or Food Science; Masters highly preferred
  • 5-10 years relevant experience in the food industry, knowledge of confectionary sector is a plus
  • Proven record of delivering complex innovation projects
  • Resolute, capable of working under pressure and managing many projects simultaneously
  • Excellent teamwork, communication and interpersonal relation skills
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Growth mindset, not afraid of failure
  • Knowledge of Word,  Excel, Powerpoint, and especially Project Management software (e.g. MS Project, Clarizen, etc.) is required
  • Familiarity with Salesforce and SAP will be an asset


What you can expect from Barry Callebaut:


  • Competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package
  • 12 paid holidays, generous PTO, plus your birthday off
  • Environment that welcomes workplace flexibility 
  • An atmosphere where diversity is embraced, and inclusivity is second nature. We call it #OneBC! Just ask our champions with the Americas Women’s Forum and the Racial Equality Forum!
  • Ability to grow personally and professionally within an organization that values development and internal career growth
  • Be part of our mission in making sustainability the norm through Forever Chocolate with priorities centered around prospering farmers, zero child labor, carbon and forest positive, and creating 100% sustainable ingredients in all of our products 

At Barry Callebaut, we are committed to Diversity & Inclusion. United by our strong values, we thrive on the diversity of who we are, where we come from, what we’ve experienced and how we think. We are committed to nurturing an inclusive environment where people can truly be themselves, grow to their full potential and feel they belong. #oneBC - Diverse People, Sustainable Growth.

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

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