Diageo Supply Optimization Commercialization Manager in Plainfield Tech Centre, Illinois




Reporting Location:

Plainfield Tech Centre


United States


Supply Operations

North America State/Province:


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External Job Description:

Purpose of Role:

Provides functional (packaging technology and project management) leadership to support the delivery of North American Renovation projects. These programs can range in scope, from major brand re-designs to line extensions of existing brands.

Leads a subset of Brand Change projects:

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 specifications that are fit for purpose and protect Diageo’s Brands and interests.

Bring creative solutions to commercialization challenges.

Provides individual oversight and delivery of low to moderate-complexity programs

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

Market Complexity:

As part of the end-to-end supply chain, NA Supply has an extensive network of wholly owned and Third-Party Operation sites across the US and Canada. In North America, Diageo owns and operates a network of manufacturing, bottling, distilling and warehousing sites, wineries and vineyards. NA Technical is an organization of 120+ people with a $23M budget, operating across several locations within the US and Canada. From these locations NA Technical manages the Technical Equity for Diageo NA Supply and Demand across the Diageo portfolio.

Top Accountabilities:

Lead Supply’s delivery of low to moderate complexity 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.

Builds great relationships with stakeholders in NA Demand and throughout the Supply organization.

Utilizes strong project management skills to develop and manage project timelines, addresses 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, inclusive of creation/routing/approval of any/all package specifications.

Complete testing to ensure functional acceptability, assure regulatory and product compatibility compliance and life cycle robustness of new package components.

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

Qualifications and Experience Required:

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

Requires a BS in Package Engineering or related Technical Field, with demonstrated knowledge of product commercialization.

Strong 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 - 30% domestic and international travel.

External Job Title:

Supply Optimization Commercialization Manager



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