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Program Manager- Brand Manufacturing

at Niagara Bottling, LLC.

Posted: 7/20/2020
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: R16424
Keywords: manager

Job Description

At Niagara, we’re looking for Team Members who want to be part of achieving our mission to provide our customers the highest quality most affordable bottled water.

Consider applying here, if you want to:   

  • Work in an entrepreneurial and dynamic environment with a chance to make an impact.   
  • Develop lasting relationships with great people.   
  • Have the opportunity to build a satisfying career.

We offer competitive compensation and benefits packages for our Team Members.

Program Manager- Brand Manufacturing

Job Summary:

The Program Manager (PM) primarily supports cross-functional projects for Contract Manufacturing, collaborating with Product Development, R&D, Supply Chain, Finance, etc – ensuring that projects remain on track and able to lead and support each project as necessary.  In addition to working with the internal teams, PM will also closely interface with the external customers in fielding inquiries and/or providing updates regarding project statuses/updates.   The role focuses on exploring new business opportunities and their impact to the Niagara network, focusing on long-term business growth and development.

The Brand Manufacturing team is a division dedicated to leading projects that drive both domestic and international expansion of the company.  We strive on our strong analytical competencies, detailed knowledge of the product and market, our ability to build and maintain positive relationships and our knowledge of Niagara’s core competencies to help us achieve our goals of identifying the right opportunities for the business.

Essential Functions:

  • Establishes and facilitates governance processes, creates roadmaps, and serves as subject matter expert on Project & Portfolio Management (PPM) processes & application. 
    • Identify, design, and build PPM enhancements to meet needs of leadership, end users, and stakeholders
    • Establish and facilitate governance processes for PPM enhancement, sustain, and optimization
  • Communicate outcome of project prioritization meeting to cross-functional teams and ensure appropriate resources are allocated across the organization to support contract manufacturing pipeline of projects
  • Coordinate across teams to manage list of all active projects, track status and prepare summaries as needed and lead or participate in project prioritization meetings with senior leadership every quarter
  • Develop a project plan that includes a project timeline, detailed task-driven schedule, resource and communication plan
  • Reconcile strategic business plan targets, identify and communicate gaps along with gap-closing proposals
  • Drive continuous improvement in portfolio reporting and senior leadership engagement
  • Manage several complex and new product initiatives through key milestones ensuring timely completion of all deliverables
  • Manage assigned projects with a clear understanding of business and brand context, and develop an understanding of cross-program portfolio dependencies
  • Work seamlessly with internal teams on joint timelines and smooth handoff of projects at the appropriate stages
  • Drive accountability to project critical path deliverables and identify milestones and trip wires
  • Communicate with and influence business leaders to make sound business decisions and manage risks Translate business strategies into clear initiative action plans
  • Demonstrate desire and passion to lead breakthrough efforts with willingness to learn and explore outside of normal boundaries to accelerate results Initiate and lead cross-functional meetings with key stakeholders to review project status, key deliverables, risks, issues, decisions and actions
  • Develop strong partnerships at all levels across the commercial and technical teams
  • Ensure that project status reports are relevant, transparent, and add value
  • Work independently, with limited day-to-day guidance from leadership
  • 25% - on average travels 1 week out of the month
  • Please note this job description is not designed to contain a comprehensive list of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without prior notice


  • Minimum Qualifications:
    • 6 Years  – Experience in Manufacturing/Operations/Business Development
    • 6 Years  – Experience in Position
    • 2 Years  – Experience managing people/projects

                *experience may include a combination of work experience and education

  • Preferred Qualifications:
    • 10+ Years– Experience in Manufacturing/Operations/Business Development
    • 10+ Years – Experience working in Position          
    • 4 Years  – Experience managing people/projects

*experience may include a combination of work experience and education


  • Minimum Required: 
    • Bachelor's Degree in Engineering/Business/Operations or other related field or equivalent experience
  • Preferred: 
    • Master's Degree in Business/Strategic Development, Operations other related field or equivalent experience


  • Experience successfully working with cross functional/ multi-discipline teams across the organization while delivering outstanding results
  • Ability to lead and drive results from a position of influence
  • Ability to prioritize and execute tasks in a pressurized environment and work proactively to ensure project milestones are met
  • Proficiency in program stage gating with demonstrated performance in leading complex initiatives and programs from establishment through launch
  • Desire to drive continuous process improvement by challenging the way things are done and engaging all functions in the company
  • Excellence in structuring complex tasks and possess strong coordination skills
  • Highly motivated and self-driven professional: skillful, productive, efficient, creative
  • Ability to work actively with the program functional leads to optimize the collaboration between the work streams, resolve issues and escalate when necessary to ensure timely course changes when required by circumstances
  • Comfort with changing business requirements and flexibility in dealing with competing and changing priorities
  • Experience coaching others through change management
  • Effectively motivate and collaborate within team and across peer and leadership groups
  • Demonstrated ability to think creatively and strategically
  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and accommodate a rapid rate of change
  • Highly organized and process oriented Experience with risk assessment, management, and contingency planning
  • Synthesizing qualitative updates across various teams into clear and concise reports
  • Advanced Microsoft Office Applications (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Projects, etc)

This position embodies the values of Niagara’s LIFE competency model, focusing on the following key drivers of success:

  • Lead Like an Owner
    • Manages a safe working environment, accurately documents safety related training, and effectively communicates safety incidents
    • Provides strategic input and oversight to departmental projects
    • Makes data driven decisions and develops sustainable solutions
    • Skilled in reducing costs and managing timelines while prioritizing long run impact over short term wins
    • Makes decisions by putting overall company success first before department/individual success
    • Leads/facilitates discussions to get positive outcomes for the customer
    • Makes strategic decisions which prioritize the needs of the customer over departmental/individual goals
  • InnovACT
    • Continuously evaluates existing programs and processes, and develops new initiatives to increase efficiency and reduce waste
    • Creates, monitors, and responds to departmental performance metrics to drive continuous improvement
    • Communicates a clear vision, organizes resources effectively, and adjusts the strategy as needed when managing change
  • Find a Way
    • Demonstrates ability to think analytically and synthesize complex information
    • Effectively delegates technical tasks to subordinates
    • Works effectively with departments, vendors, and customers to achieve organizational success
    • Identifies opportunities for collaboration in strategic ways
  • Empowered to be Great
    • Makes hiring decisions primarily based on culture fit and attitude, and secondarily based on technical expertise
    • Engages in long term talent planning
    • Provides opportunities for the development of all direct reports
    • Understands, identifies, and addresses conflict within own team and between teams

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Niagara Bottling, LLC has been family owned and operated since 1963. Niagara is a leading bottled water manufacturer in the U.S., supplying major retailers across the nation. With incredible growth over the past several years, the career possibilities at Niagara are endless!

Niagara’s culture is fast-paced, innovative and intensely collaborative. Our Team Members are passionate, driven and always find a way to get the job done. We work hard and play hard while staying true to our family atmosphere.

From competitive benefits and retirement options to educational reimbursements, ongoing training courses and exciting career advancement opportunities, at Niagara we truly take care of our Team Members.

We hope that you consider joining our Niagara family!  

Niagara Bottling LLC is an Equal Opportunity Employer that does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, national origin, veteran status or disability in relation to our recruiting, hiring, and promoting practices.

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