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Commercialization Project Manager- Lombard, IL

Custom Culinary Headquarters, 2505 South Finley Road, Lombard, Illinois, United States of America Req #1305
Tuesday, June 8, 2021




For more than half a century, we’ve focused on a single mission at Custom Culinary®: to create the finest-quality, most authentic bases, sauces and gravies for our foodservice and food processing customers. Developed by our culinary specialists to deliver made-from-scratch taste and inspired results in just minutes, our products bring exceptional aroma, flavor and consistency to all your signature dishes. True Taste begins with Custom Culinary®.


  • The Commercialization Project Manager is responsible for the efficient and effective management of product launches, including new items, item changes, or other projects requiring cross-functional alignment.

  • The role is focused on driving alignment and efficient progress for prioritized projects, to deliver on time and on budget. 

  • Responsibilities include: leading cross-functional team meetings, publishing notes, follow-ups, next steps, and timelines, ensuring that key milestones are met and that the team is all aware of latest progress and is completing tasks, while providing ongoing tracking and measuring of success.


Essential Duties & Responsibilities:


  • Drive and manage innovation, renovation, and productivity projects, while assuring business alignment and high-quality products.

  • Work with cross functional teams and business partners to ensure projects are successfully executed and delivered on time and within budget.

  • Effectively interact with many cross-functional team members, including Sales, Culinary, Marketing, R&D, Supply Chain, Quality, Regulatory, and Finance.

  • Accountable for project timelines, financials, action plans and risk management.

  • Organize, report and communicate the project activity to executive management.


Problem Solving/Decision Making:


  • This role is responsible to drive alignment and progress on prioritized projects: Autonomously manage assigned decisions and be accountable for timely project delivery.

  • Must understand the interdependence of decisions and actions taken in each function of the project on the overall project and be able to use judgment to challenge them.

  • Must be decisive and able to effectively communicate support for decisions.

  • Identify and propose best practices and improvement to the project management process.


Knowledge and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Management or related field. An advanced degree in a related field or a Master Degree in Business (MBA) a plus. Undergraduate degree in business or other relevant area.

  • Minimum of 1-3 years of experience as a project manager or in a similar position in the food or beverage industry, with B2B Foodservice strongly preferred. 1-3 years Project Management experience in the food industry, with (B2B) foodservice strongly preferred.

  • Project Management Professional certification preferred, but not required. PMP certification a plus.

  • Excellent project and time management skills, as well as strong written and verbal communication skills across multiple diverse audiences.

  • Proven track record of personal accountability, delivering results, and displaying collaborative skills, aligned to the values of the organization.

  • Must be comfortable managing multiple, sometimes conflicting priorities and deadlines, in a dynamic, fast-paced environment.

  • Must possess an understanding and ability to articulate the roles of each function.

  • Must have good financial acumen.

  • Must be detail oriented, able to create detailed timelines and specific action plans for projects.

  • Requires good presentation skills and the ability to synthesize project details into a concise, impactful summary adapted to the audience (working team, specific functions, or Leadership).

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Suite of products, such as MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint – with experience in PowerBI, Microsoft Dynamics CRM, and Microsoft Project a plus.

  • Experience with Workfront or similar PM software.

EEO AA M/F/Vet/Disability

Other details

  • Job Family Marketing
  • Job Function Marketing
  • Pay Type Salary
  • Required Education Bachelor’s Degree
  • Custom Culinary Headquarters, 2505 South Finley Road, Lombard, Illinois, United States of America