Diageo MANAGER, BRAND CHANGE in Plainfield Tech Centre, Illinois




Reporting Location:

Plainfield Tech Centre


United States


Supply Operations

North America State/Province:


Type of Job:


External Job Description:

Purpose of Role:

To provide functional (packaging technology, liquid formulation and project management) and strategic leadership in supporting the delivery of North American projects across Brand Change. These programs can range in value and complexity, with the potential for individual programs to exceed $50MM in NSV annually for Innovation, global brand renovation initiatives and cost optimization projects.

Leads a subset of the Innovation & Brand Change team to deliver a specific category:

  • Total ownership of the performance, delivery and coaching of the team.

  • Ensure the delivery of each program against the following KPIs:

  • On time (measured by Gate 5 MAD commitment)

  • In full (measured by line fill)

  • On budget (as agreed to at Gate 5)

  • Achieve COGs targets (Gate 5 costs)

  • Quality (meet Diageo’s Global Finished Products Standard)

  • Assure the development of robust and accurate package component and liquid specifications that are fit for purpose and protect Diageo’s Brands and interests.

  • Bring creative solutions to commercialization challenges.

  • Provide individual oversight and delivery of highly-complex programs

  • Ensure new product development programs utilize proper Diageo methodologies (Navigate, Change Control and Technical Readiness).

Top Accountabilities:

  • Full category ownership of Supply’s delivery programs from Gate 1 through to 90 days post-launch against KPIs as outlined above.

  • Provides Supply input and commercial grounding during project development phases, driving resolution of commercialization hurdles that may arise and managing regular project communications to Supply and Demand project sponsors, Technical Operations and the broader Supply community.

  • Nurtures and builds exceptional relationships with stakeholders and decision makers in Demand and throughout the Supply organization (both NA and Global).

  • Utilizes expert project management skills to develop and manage project timelines, address both technical and resourcing challenges and ensures risk profiles and mitigation plans are developed and executed for each project.

  • Conduct the technical development/due diligence (if required) of packaging components and/or liquid components and formulas, inclusive of creation/routing/approval of any/all specifications.

  • Motivates and drives their team and the broader cross functional project teams to a “one Diageo” mindset.

  • Consistently demonstrates pride and commitment to Diageo, behaves authentically, focuses on finding solutions, and develops trusting relationships across the organization.

  • Provides functional and leadership capability building and career development, while inspiring and motivating team to achieve performance levels and potential through coaching and effective use of Performance Management.

Qualifications and Experience Required:

  • 7+ years of Technical and Professional development experience in consumer package technology.

  • Requires a BS in Package Engineering (or related technical field) with demonstrated success in the commercialization process. Advance degree preferred.

  • Superior business acumen, communication, interpersonal, influencing and relationship-building skills.

  • Experience in leading a multi-disciplined team in an extremely fast-moving environment, with the ability to lead, thrive, provide guidance and cut-through in the face of great ambiguity.

  • Successful candidates will have strong technical depth and performance management skills, dynamic cross-functional interaction, and highly effective project management, communication, and negotiation skills.

  • Solid theoretical knowledge of primary package design, liquid development, and manufacturing processes and procedures.

  • Role requires 20 - 50% domestic and international travel.

External Job Title:

Manager, Brand Change


Plainfield & Norwalk

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Diageo is an Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action employer and is subject to federal regulations pertaining to employment. Diageo does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, marital status, Protected veteran status, or any other basis prohibited under federal, state or local laws governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which the Company has facilities. Diageo also provides reasonable accommodation for qualified individuals with disabilities in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and any other state or local laws.

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