Project Lifecycle Manager


Project Lifecycle Manager

Posted – 11.28.22


About Golden West Food Group:

Headquartered in Vernon, CA GWFG is a premium full spectrum manufacturer and distributor of fine food and beverage products. Family owned and operated since 1977 and operating two plants in southern California, GWFG offers more than 4,000 products to a variety of customers in both the foodservice and retail channels. GWFG is committed to providing the highest quality food products with an unrelenting commitment to fresh, nutritious ingredients and promotion of eco-friendly business practices.


This is a new role created to support a growing team. This associate will manage projects from
kick-off to post-launch review for new product development to continuous improvement. The
heart of the role is an experienced cross-functional team leader who understands the different
teams’ roles and shepherd projects through the critical path. This individual will be responsible
for driving team success from benchtop to production working in lockstep with the other
department managers. 

 Ideal candidate is passionate about teamwork, loves detail, communicates clearly and concisely,
and anticipates potential roadblocks and helps formulate solutions with the team. Candidate
would preferably have direct experience in the food manufacturing industry and must have
direct experience in leading cross-functional teams in project management. This is not an entry
level position and at least 5 years of experience is required to be successful in this role. 

This individual is supported in their deliverables by Marketing, Sales, Finance, Operations, QA,
Engineering/Maintenance, and the Culinary and R&D teams. This position functions within a
fast-paced environment of creative energy, novel product designs, processing innovation, and
the opportunity for professional growth in a rapidly growing company.

Technical Job Functions:
  • Lead cross-functional teams in delivering projects from concept to shelf including:
    defining scope, identifying stakeholders, planning time and resources, executing plan,
    monitoring progress, identifying issues, communicating updates and post launch

  • Responsible for driving timelines and deliverables by collaborating with team resources

  • Plan and lead cross-functional team meetings

  • Identify issues as they arise and facilitate resolutions within the project team

  • Lead preparation of comprehensive project documentation to enable smooth
    development, commercialization and market entry

Core Skills, Qualifications & Requirements:
  • Project lifecycle management experience in a CPG company

  • Knowledge of food processing and the CPG industry

  • Excellent organizational skills and time management

  • Excellent communication skills (written and verbal)

  • Ability to bring out the best in fellow team members and display leadership qualities

  • Thorough understanding of stage-gates, critical paths, cross-functional roles

  • Timeline and product lifecycle management

  • Minimal travel may be required

Education and/or Experience
  • Bachelor’s degree from four-year college, either arts or sciences is acceptable

  • Min 5 years experience in food CPG or manufacturing, managing product launches

  • Strong computer skills and technological savvy is essential

Language Skills

Ideal candidate must be able to read and comprehend written and verbal instructions. Draft
memos and correspondence with ability to effectively present information in one-on-one and
small group situations to leadership, customers, clients, and other employees of the

Physical Demands

While performing the duties of this job, the individual is regularly involved with assessing food
products including smell, taste, and consume all food types. The individual occasionally lift
and/or move up to 50 pounds.

Work Environment

The individual will handle and is exposed to allergenic and sensitive materials, such as soy,
wheat, gluten, dairies, seafood, nuts, sulfites, etc.

Note: The statements herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified.

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    Job Summary

    Assist in the development of new products according to the requirements of the Sales and
    Marketing function from concept development to commercialization. Responsible for
    applying scientific principles in research, development, production technology, quality
    standards, packaging, and processing to design new and/or improved products. This is an
    entry level position that plays a supporting role in the creation of new products and
    assists the Research and Development team on all ongoing projects, research and
    administrative tasks. This position functions within a fast-paced environment of creative
    energy, novel product designs and opportunities to continue professional growth and
    build technical knowledge.About Golden West Food Group: