Project Manager

Chicago, IL | Freelance | Job ID #57544 |
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Our client, a Fortune 500 organization with HQ downtown Chicago, is seeking someone to join their Business Development team on a contract basis.


  • Lead commercialization effort for scoping new business opportunities
  • Ensure effective team engagement with the manufacturing location, R&D, supply planning, and engineering
  • Ensure appropriate capacity for new business initiatives and growth plans across product life cycle
  • Develop and recommend alternatives as needed
  • Provide updates to project sponsors and stakeholders as needed on key initiatives, including progress against deliverables, cost management, next steps and needs from sponsors to alleviate hurdles
  • Escalate concerns and issues, report project fact base, define options/trade-offs, and provide team recommendation
  • Lead internal feasibility assessment and business case to support business team’s scoping requests
  • Identify impact across the supply chain with regard to cost of goods sold e.g. route to market, capacity utilization, DIOH, manufacturing efficiency, quality, safety
  • Help develop and assess assigned financial targets, to include the delivery of capital requirements, trial activity and start-up expenses
  • Drive development of preliminary COGS, ensure alignment between category team and operations
  • Engage and support productivity related scoping projects to deliver cost reduction targets
  • Partner with External Manufacturing managers and EM procurement to deliver against scoping activities outside of current capabilities
  • Support Business and Manufacturing Systems initiatives as required, and support the continuous improvement of the commercialization process through collaboration with key stakeholders and best practice sharing
  • Execute major manufacturing cost improvement initiatives through cross functional collaboration and updates to senior leaders


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering, Operations Management, Food Science, Chemistry, or other related field
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience in Engineering, Integrated Supply Chain, Operations or Research & Development
  • Operations experience strongly preferred
  • Minimum 1 years’ experience in Project Management
  • Minimum 1 years’ experience in Basic Marketing/Finance Principles

Employer Details:

  • Onward Search is an equal opportunity employer, dedicated to a policy of non-discrimination in an employment with regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status or any other classification protected by federal, state and local laws and ordinances. Candidates must be at least 18 years old to be considered for employment. EOE/M/F/D/V/SO.
  • In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire.
  • The client is unable to support 1099 / Corp-to-Corp or Independent Contractor arrangements at this time. All freelancers will be paid as W2 employees.
  • Onward Search is a drug-free workplace.


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