Innovation Project & Implementation Manager (NL) – pladis Global – Zaandam

  • Zaandam

pladis Global

Want to help us bring happiness to the world? Want to join an ambitious and fast growing global biscuits and confectionery business investing heavily in iconic global brands, infrastructure and people? Then this is the place for you.

As proud bakers and chocolatiers and custodians of iconic global brands, we don’t compromise on the quality of ingredients in our products or on the people we hire. We are looking for entrepreneurial spirits who share our passion for bringing happiness to our consumers and who embody our Winning Traits.

To succeed at pladis you need to be purpose-led , resilient and positive to succeed here because we expect pace and agility , we insist on collaboration and demand accountability. If that is your thing, then pladis offers global ambition, a clear Vision and roadmap for success, challenge, and unrivalled opportunities to learn and make an impact

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The Challenge

pladis is home to iconic brands Verkade, Sultana, McVitie’s and Ulker. These brands make sweet treats and savoury treats that consumers everywhere recognise and enjoy! Together we will build new and exciting products at pladis – new flavours, new concepts and new ways to share happiness.

Our strength is not only in our products; it is also in our people and our values. Each business that has united to form pladis are loved for their heritage and values. We will retain the honesty, integrity and trust instilled in our brands by our ground-breaking founders as we embark on the next chapter of our success.

As a project & implementation manager you are responsible for driving project growth, managing New Product Development projects through our Stage and Gate process, while ensuring excellence in implementation and ensure on-time delivery of products to market.

The position entails

This is a great opportunity within our Western Europe and Emerging Markets team, where you will have the opportunity to work alongside teams across the world.

Your main responsibilities

  • Accountable for planning, governance and delivery on time, in full of projects approved through Regional Gate Review forum
  • Identify and work cross functionally to remove obstacles quickly and efficiently
  • Responsible for ensuring that all key stakeholders, at various levels across the business are engaged and informed of project status, progress, risks and issues in a timely manner
  • Deliver the projects through the pladis stage & gate system until final implementation in our factory
  • Own the timelines; Track and report on the progress / issues in an accurate and timely manner. Highlight compliance to plan, key issues and risks
  • Risk Mitigation: Identify projects at risk, escalate when appropriate, collating options, impact and a recommendation for alignment or decision, identify, align and implement mitigation measures 
  • Ensure tight control of project scope, action standards and guard rails, with clear approval process through RGR for any change
  • Manage packaging write-offs
  • The role covers key areas:

  • Drive scale and growth in innovation projects
  • Process enablement 
  • Cross-functional integration 
  • Risk mitigation 
  • Project portfolio consolidation 
  • What do you bring?

  • Demonstrable experience in Project Management
  • Excellent communication skills – both verbal and written, able to relay detailed information in a simple and concise manner
  • Knowledge of MS Office
  • Excellent attention to detail, organized and logical approach
  • Ability to operate optimally across geographies
  • Proficiency in both English and Dutch
  • What we offer

    Working for pladis means challenging jobs, career opportunities and an inspiring environment that allow you to enhance your personal development. pladis recognizes that the on-going success of the company depends on the continued development and engagement of our employees and pursues a fair and competitive remuneration policy, recognizing individual and team competencies and performance.

    A few of our benefits:

  • Fixed term employment ( months) with possibility of a permanent contract
  • Development opportunities through our pladis Academy & other training programs
  • A competitive salary
  • Fulltime employment (, hours per week)
  • holidays (based on fulltime)
  • Pension in pensionfund ‘Zoetwaren’
  • Discounts on health insurance, gym memberships, bikes etc
  • Biscuits, chocolate and other snacks from our personnel store
  • The best colleagues in an informal working environment
  • Who are we?

    Koninklijke Verkade, founded in , with amazing brands like Verkade and Sultana, is part of pladis since . pladis  is one of the world’s leading snacking companies. We are the proud steward of over years of family baking and confectionery experience. A worldwide community with colleagues around the world. Each of us bring our experience in happiness. Each of us is unique, but we find each other as a family of bakers and chocolatiers, hardworking, with pride and purpose. After all these years we believe that biscuits and chocolate bring people together. We are pladis. We bake Happiness. Happiness with every bite.

    pladis succeeds because of people like you. People who wake up in the morning excited to get to work. Who believe in themselves and their potential. Who want to grow as part of a global community of like-minded colleagues.

    pladis colleagues care deeply about being the best. About winning, staying the course and never giving up. Whichever part of the world we’re in, whatever our role. Whether we’re baking, working in HR, finance, marketing or many other areas – we win as one pladis team.

    And while we’re all unique, we share something in common. It’s the code by which we live and work. We call it our ‘Winning Traits & Behaviors’:  Purpose Led Agile, Collaborative, Positive  and  Resilient . Five aspects of pladis life that define who we are, how we interact and get things done.

    If pladis sounds like the place where you can thrive and help write the next chapter in our growth story, then check out opportunities around the world and follow us for the latest information from our teams.

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    Interested?
    To apply for this job, please send your letter of application and resume to pladis Global via our website.

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