PR North America is the largest region globally for the company. The market is diverse with some states that have awareness and usage of specific spirt categories and Pernod-Ricard brands, and others that are emerging. The spirit industry in North America is complex and constantly evolving. It's a fun and challenging environment with plenty of opportunity to make a mark. It's also an exciting time to be a key part of the Group's Marketing Transformation, with a significant step-up in Innovation at Pernod Ricard and the creation of the new North America Regional Innovation Hub.
The person needs to be a senior, experienced innovation expert, who thrives with complex projects, has strong project management and influencing skills, who knows how to truly collaborate for superior results and who is truly passionate about innovation. The person should also have strong leadership and team management skills, managing a diverse team spread across different locations. They need to have that #Gamechanger spirit that will make them go the extra mile to impact the business.
To deliver this vision this role will:Help bring to life the PRNA Innovation Hub vision with both a local focus to take on US pipeline and global partnership to co-create innovation with Brand Companies (BrandCos).
Create and manage Project Plans & KPIs according to the business needs/strategy of North America:
Provide Game-changing project management support to the Hub, by flexing to support and sprint on specific projects within the Innovation Hub - these projects could be design, development, a "TLO" (test, learn, optimize in market), or working on detailed R+D/operations efforts.
Additionally, provide End-to-End Project Management of specific innovation launches from ideation to commercialization
Relentlessly drive for action by collaborating with local and Global Brand Companies, CORBY, NBV, key cross functional partners and Regional Innovation Hubs where relevant, to ensure projects are on-time, on budget.
Creatively problem solve for challenges along critical path that impact timing or budget; understand critical path impacts and solve for challenges along the way - while taking into account budget, timing or consumer/proposition ramifications
Instill Consumer Centricity as a best practice by integrating action standards into the innovation stage gate and tracking process as part of project management
Proactively contribute to the global Pernod Ricard Innovation community to build and share learnings with the International Innovation Hubs, BrandCos and Global HQ teams.
Actively coordinate with Local Brand Marketing Teams, Corby (Canada), US Whiskies and BrandCos: to gain alignment on innovation platforms, pipeline, agenda for the region, sign-off on local brands' innovation initiatives.
Roles and responsibilities:
Bring PRNA Innovation Hub vision to life & deliver leading edge innovation capabilitiesLeverage Project Management best practices to elevate project management skills/output and drive accountability through the system
Help define the detailed ways of working , specifically as it relates to project management and tracking, with Local & Global Brand Companies and Market.
Ensure that methodologies / approaches / frameworks developed are value-add and facilitate local and global market needs.
Create and manage Project Plans & KPIs according to the business needs/strategy of North America:Develop project plan, including defining the problem/opportunity, scope, objectives, deliverables, risks, strategies, timeline, budget, resources required, project sponsor / team
Facilitate and coordinate project team by maintaining/updating the project plan, assigning tasks and responsibilities, along with defining sequencing and dependencies
Lead and engage stakeholders, motivating the project team, chairing meetings, driving the agenda, participating in decision making, gaining approvals, assigning responsibilities / directing people, pushing people, escalating, and resolving conflict
Track and manage project timelines and provide status reports to stakeholders and management.
Communicate to key stakeholders, including brand owners, brand teams, Senior Management and other cross-functional team members by producing and circulating minutes and conveying project status to key stakeholders
Provide Game-changing project management support to the Hub, by flexing to support and sprint on specific projectsLead Cross-functional Sprints on specific projects - from Design, TLOs (test, learn, optimize efforts in market), to development (working with R+D or operations locally or innovation teams at BrandCos)
Support Projects throughout the system - be willing to dive into projects wherever support is needed
Project manage critical PRUSA innovation projects, with pace, through the stage-gate process and ensure compliance from Brand Teams. Lead these projects through the Innovation Leadership Team (ILT) Governance approval process
Manage Agency partners, cross-functional teams to deliver with excellence, on-time, on-budget
Additionally, provide End-to-End Project ManagementOn key assigned projects - lead these projects from ideation to commercialization, with support from Senior Managers/Directors on the team
Relentlessly drive for action by collaborating with local and Global Brand Companies, CORBY, NBV, key cross functional partners and Regional Innovation HubsStrong bias for pace and Action - ensure projects are on-time and on-budget
Actively manage stakeholders - collaborating with wide array of partners, but also driving alignment according to critical path/milestones
Creatively problem solve for challenges along critical path that impact timing or budgetUnderstand critical path impacts and solve for challenges along the way - while taking into account budget, timing or consumer/proposition ramifications
Recognize options to creatively solve for problems and challenges that arise; collaborate with stakeholders to align on tradeoffs
Manage overall project costs, timelines and workflows. Identify project scope creep to help accelerate speed to market.
Drive consumer centricity across the business:Integrate key analytics and consumer action standards into project management to inform the Innovation Stage Gate process..
Balance rigor, data and TLO for speed to market
Influence and shift culture to drive consumer centricity from ideation to execution.
Foster strong collaboration and interaction with cross functional partners, local and global brands.Challenge / inspire innovation project management opportunities by identify synergies and pain-points across US and Canada to accelerate speed to market
Ensure strong collaboration on common projects with BrandCos, Local Brands, CORBI, Operations and Sale through ideations, working sessions, commitments, and agreed-upon KPIs.
Support best practice share outs with other International Hubss, Global and Local Brand Companies, Global PR Headquarters, and Marketing teams.
Work closely with Global HQ to help track current and launched projects in their automated system, and/or collaborate to help identify North America "requirements" to further optimize ongoing tracking t
Push and support excellence in delivery (Post-Evaluation Analysis) with post launch tracking 30, 60, 90 and 120 days after launch with KPI's and other market data to help "analyze" success.
Foster Innovation network (regular meetings, sharing sessions) with the North America Innovation HUB, EMEA and ASIA HUB and HDQ to foster continual learning.
Wider contribution at Regional level: Play an active and strongly engaged role in raising the standard and profile for Marketing across the North America region. Be an active contributor towards the overall Marketing Transformation of Pernod Ricard.
Scope of role :
Indirect Reports: Responsible for influencing and coordinating support for innovation development working with the PRNA Innovation Hub Directors, Managers and dedicated support (Design, R&D, Insights; as well as cross-functional partners (e.g.: Finance, Legal, Sales, BrandCos, etc.)
Key internal contacts: PRNA Marketing Teams, Management Entities in PRNA, HQ, Local and Global Brand Companies, CI COE's and CI planners across Brand & Market Company community.
Budget responsibility: P&L Responsibilities - must adhere to project budgets
Geographical scope:Local (proportion in %: 80)
International (proportion in %: 20)
Participation in committees, etc.:Innovation Leadership team (GBD + 3 Regional Hub Directors)
Travel (as % work time):With base own company: 20-30%; flexibility to set up for 2-4 weeks in a specific US geography 1-2x a year; Post-Covid - International Travel to Brandcos (R+D) up to 20%
Qualifications :Master's degree preferred
Project Management qualifications essential (Six Sigma, Scrum Master, PMI, or equivalent)
Proven Innovation Experience: A minimum of 6+ years project management experience supporting innovation teams, ideally in the Spirits/Bev Alc or Beverage or other CPG in North America; Alternatively - hard core PMO experience within start up CPG (food/beverage) as a scrum or sprint leader
Demonstrated PMO experience using scrum or agile methodologies with examples of how project management has influenced speed to market and quality New Product launches.
Demonstrated ability to work through adversity, with examples of management influence.
Ability to drive collaboration to move projects forward in a complex, matrix organizational structure.
Financial experience to work the P&L and manage costs while staying true to the "must have" innovation deliverables; ability to conduct business analysis a plus
Global experience in spirits or Bev Alc a plus.
Languages: English (must have excellent/fluent business proficiency in written and verbal communication); Spanish or French a plus
Project Management Skills and Software Strong project management skills leveraging Project Management Software (e.g., MS Project, Jira, Monday etc)
MS Office: Powerpoint, Excel, Word, MS Teams, Outlook
Who are we?
Pernod Ricard USA is the premium spirits and wine company in the U.S. The company's leading spirits and wines include such prestigious brands as ABSOLUT® Vodka, Chivas Regal® Scotch Whisky, The Glenlivet® Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Jameson® Irish Whiskey, Malibu®, Kahlúa® Liqueur, Beefeater® Gin, and Avión™ Tequila (through a joint venture with Tequila Avión); such superior wines as Jacob's Creek® and Brancott Estate®; and such exquisite champagnes and sparkling wines as Perrier-Jouët® Champagne, G.H. Mumm™ Champagne and Mumm Napa® sparkling wines. Learn more about our history, values, strategies and organization by visiting us at http://www.pernod-ricard-usa.com/
Working at Pernod Ricard
Working for Pernod Ricard USA means working for the co-leader in the global wines and spirits industry - and having the opportunity to work with great people and great brands in diverse and challenging roles. Our success is the result of the passion and creativity of our people, our exceptional portfolio of leading premium brands, and a shared commitment to our values of entrepreneurship, mutual trust, and a strong sense of ethics. Pernod Ricard USA rewards both individual initiative and a spirit of collaboration and encourages ongoing professional development. Pernod Ricard USA recognizes the importance of continuously building upon our diverse workforce and inclusive culture. We believe in championing an inclusive culture that embraces differences and encourages employees to challenge themselves and their colleagues.
Pernod Ricard USA offers competitive compensation, performance bonuses and domestic & international career development opportunities.Pernod Ricard USA is an Equal Opportunity Employer of Minorities, Females, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities.
Offers will be subject to United States local terms.
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