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Commercialization Manager


Chicago, IL, US, 60601

Job Type:  Marketing

Aspire Bakeries is a North American baking company with a leadership position in specialty frozen baked goods. Formed from leading bakery companies, its innovative food portfolio includes breads, artisan breads, buns, cookies, donuts, muffins and pastries from beloved brands like La Brea Bakery®, Otis Spunkmeyer®, and Oakrun Farm Bakery®. With 15 bakeries in North America, we are committed to driving innovation, predicting upcoming consumer trends and flavors, and exceeding our customers’ expectations. Aspire Bakeries champions the values of Integrity, Ownership, Customer Focus, Creativity and Care to help us deliver on People Safety, Food Safety, Quality and Collaboration.



           Key Accountability

Provide Project Management support and facilitation for the commercialization of new foods through the established project management process


Job Scope

  • Manage a project Business Brief from kickoff to final sign off
  • Manage Communications between all stakeholders
  • Monitor, maintain, and report on costs and project progress
  • Lead Project teams, providing motivation, focus and guidance as necessary
  • Maintain communication between business leads, internal sponsors, management and clients
  • Develop, manage and execute the project plan
  • Manage the Studio art development thru release
  • Demonstrate thought leadership and management in the execution of new foods
  • Develops and manages project specific timelines to meet or exceed project objectives
  • Leads a cross-functional business team to commercialize food items as they move through the commercialization process
  • Work with all cross-functional teams – Customer Development, R&D, Regulatory, Customer Finance, Procurement Indirect/Direct, Bakery directors, Stakeholders
  • Communicate and develop project requirements in partnerships with internal and external teams
  • Responsible to suggest and implement process improvement solutions
  • Communicate regularly with the Project team to meet timelines, stay within budget, and highlight issues and delays to senior management
  • Will simultaneously manage multiple projects in a highly matrix organization
  • Prepare and ensure the accuracy of status reports, risk assessments, change and resource requests
  • Coordinate changes and resources, Anticipate “opportunities” throughout the project and provide immediate solutions to avoid delays


Skills, Experience & Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree preferred
  • 2-5 years of relevant experience in project management
  • Demonstrated success using analytical skills, as well as written, and verbal communication skills
  • Strong Financial acumen and problem solving skills with the ability to collaborate and work effectively across multiple functions and personalities
  • Adaptable, flexible, positive, open to learning, developing and welcoming of new ideas
  • Accessible to internal and external clients
  • Well organized, and able to work on multiple tasks in a dynamic, fast paced environment
  • Self-motivated and entrepreneurial spirit, ambitious, ability to operate without supervision
  • Experience working with Microsoft Office
  • SAP experience





Aspire Bakeries is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status.