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Product Manager

Utrecht, The Netherlands

Goal of the position:

Lead projects in both branded and private label products (new products) and redesigns (both initiated from customers or internal PPF). Support in offer process, responsible for customer portals and recipe and packaging advise.


You will be responsible for: 

• Lead new product and redesign project throughout the organization by:
• Creating and maintaining project timeline, follow up on actions needed, schedule project meetings, involving all stakeholders
• Responsible for keeping track of planning and communication within the project team
• Is aware of full range of possibilities within PPF on packaging, recipes, production and logistics
• Fill customer portals with details on recipe, packaging, logistics, all information needed for product development
• Check artwork designs on legal requirements and technical standards in order to produce successfully (and attend 1st prints if needed abroad), in contact with suppliers
• Coordination in case of marketability and palatability testing, arranging samples, aligning on follow up actions.
• Coordinating tenders/advise customer about best fitting product range together with sales/production locations
• GS1 contact
• Check and align with the customer on all included masterdata, tray stickers, pallet labels etc.
• Make sure all steps from the NPD (inc. redesign) processes are taken as described in the quality manual
• Act as first point of entry (knowledge base) into the PM team for specific customers and products as determined in the PM team
• Initiation and managing of process improvements projects both for PM specific as for PPF wide projects
• (Pro-)actively propose amendments, in collaboration with TM and Sales, to the current and future product portfolio of both customers and PPF to optimize PPF performance

 

You are the right fit, if you have: 

• Higher professional education (HBO) or university degree
• Depending on level (junior/medior/senior) work experience in a similar function in preferably a FMCG company
• Experience in working with GS1 is a plus
• Good communication skills
• Team player and solution oriented
• Good knowledge of Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel, Powerpoint)
• Bring structure, helicopter view and you thrive in a stressful situation
• Dutch native (mandatory), with high level English (both verbally as written)
• Willing to travel for 1st prints at suppliers, to our factories and customer within the Europe.
 

You feel confident with skills and qualities as:

• Result- and task-oriented 
• Work accurate 
• Happy to consult or negotiate with colleagues, dare to ask questions and your written and verbal communication skills are ready to use 
• Adapts easily to change and able to look forward to see changes coming
• Focus on result
• Pro active
• Sense of ownership
• Commitment

What we offer:

• Excellent salary
• Laptop and company phone
• 8% holiday money
• 6% gratification money
• A very good Pension contribution defined benefit (75% employer and 25% employee)
• Home office opportunity (2 days office in Utrecht– 3 days home office)
• Commuting allowance 19 ct per km with a max of 217 in case distance >10 km one way
• Bike or office furniture via WKR (discount via wage taxes)
• Pet-friendly newly decorated PPF office in Utrecht

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