ABOUT THE COMPANY
The Zurich-based Barry Callebaut Group is the world’s leading manufacturer of high-quality chocolate and cocoa products from the origination and processing cocoa beans to producing the finest chocolates, including chocolate fillings, decorations, and compounds.
The Group runs more than 59 production facilities worldwide selling in 140 countries and employs a diverse and dedicated global workforce of over 11,500 people.
The Barry Callebaut Group serves the entire food industry, from industrial food manufacturers to artisanal and professional users of chocolate, such as chocolatiers, pastry chefs, bakers, hotels, restaurants, and caterers.
SCOPE AND RESPONSIBILITIES :
The Operations implementation project leader role will manage a high priority / impact project for Cabosse Naturals. The person will take the lead in designing and deploying a new operation model directly starting from cacao fruits transforming into specialty ingredients.
It will be the responsibility of the project manager to deliver on time and within budget. This position will play a vital role in the success of a business critical program.
The role includes management of the assigned project with various stakeholders, owning the underlying process : meetings, workstream reviews, documentation, project planning, issue management (to ensure the deliverables are implemented to plan), production planning and outsourcing.
The scope for the projects include capital investment, business re-engineering, process reconfiguration and footprint reconfiguration, supplier & contractor management and other transactions.
The project will focus on strategic segments that will be lead by the role holder :
Designing a cost efficient modular cacao fruit transformation operation to receive, store and process the cacao fruits
Implement cacao fruit transformation process at a central location in Ecuador
Raw materials transformation into cacao fruit ingredients : Define and implement process to transform raw materials into the desired cacao fruit ingredients (pulp ingredients, cascara flour and fermented beans) by own processing or by co-manufacturing and transport the ingredients to final warehousing.
Coordinate R&D fermentation trials for fine flavor development and implement process
Business case set up. Work out OPEX, CAPEX, working capital, headcount
Essential Functions :
Manage and implement priority business project in Ecuador to set-up a new cacao fruit operation model with a focus on pulp, husk and beans
Take responsibility for and action overall day-day management of this project and monitor progress against defined KPIs, reporting to the project leadership team and lead / manage the strategic pillars
Identify and define action plans to support the project aims, maximising the customer value creation and optimising our scarce resources (people, time, systems and processes), all in a changing and highly complex environment
Structure activities and actions within the project, challenging and supporting the individual project leaders & facilitating the execution of the priority project plans, in tight deadlines, in a pragmatic and professional manner
Develop and produce project(s) (milestone) and risk mitigation plans, presentation materials, status reports, as needed, for different management meetings, workshops, leadership needs, not being afraid to roll-up sleeves to make things happen
Work closely together with cross-business stakeholders and support functions, acting as an interface for the program and work streams
Work closely together with the Global R&D team translating fermentation knowledge into process implementation
JOB QUALIFICATIONS :
Education & Work Experience :
Bachelor's degree required, with a Master degree in Business or equivalent, a plus
Minimum 10 years of experience in preferably food industrial sector(s), mixed with a few years in operations & supply chain
Has done multiple projects ideally in the food sector
Business experience in supply chain and sourcing model for raw materials and / or ingredients
Proven change and program / project management experience, demonstrated in line-roles in industry
Proven communication skills, both verbal and written, with a hands-on and pragmatic mind-set
Strong team-working skills, with proven ability to influence and communicate with stakeholders across functions and at all levels, ideally in multi-cultural environments
Additional Requirements :
Ability to drive change through impact & influence
Exceptional analytical, project management and problem resolution skills
Strong quantitative and critical thinking competencies, with an amazing capacity to quickly learn on the job
Strong interpersonal skills and demonstrated success in building collaborative relationships
What you can expect from Barry Callebaut :
Competitive compensation package including salary, benefits, and vacation time
Collaborative atmosphere with like-minded individuals who are passionate about chocolate
The ability to grow your career within an organization that values development and internal career growth
Be a part of one of the key project for new products in BC and define the future on how we source our cacao and how we operate the manufacturing / logistics function to ensure product delivery
Combine growing experiences in global project management with getting a deep understanding in the origin Ecuador
We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity in our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.