Kin Euphorics is a revolutionary beverage company providing adults with a new kind of social beverage: Euphorics. Powered by proprietary blends of nootropics, adaptogens and botanicals, Euphorics are the first real alternative, offering drinkers all of the bliss with none of the booze. Our products are experimental by nature; we are constantly tinkering, testing, and iterating on our product to deliver the best experience for our consumers. As a direct-to-consumer business, we are fortunate enough to get a lot of feedback from our customers that can be turned into actionable improvements on our product. 
We are seeking an entrepreneurial project manager who can take leadership in driving meaningful improvements of our products, as well the development of entirely new products, in accordance with strategy, budget and timeline laid out by company management. We have an ambitious innovation pipeline plan that requires a stellar project manager to execute with excellence on time, on budget, and up to Kin quality standards. 
This candidate will be expected to collaborate with our founders to turn their brand and product vision into reality - whether it is R&D projects to improve products, incremental iterations on existing products, or bringing entirely new product concepts to life. The project manager will scope out these projects from a timeline and budget prescription, identify and vet the right partners to make it happen, and collaborate closely with internal operations and creative teams to take the project from concept to fully realized, physical product. 
Roles & Responsibilities 
  • Scope and plan product innovation projects: Set goals and objectives, create project plan including timeline, determine resources and budgets needed, identify risks and bottlenecks, develop contingency plans, 
  • Execute with excellence: Manage accurate project timelines, ensure clarity of responsibilities across owners / contributors (both within the company and with outside partners),  anticipate risks, identify mitigation approaches, monitor progress, track KPIs, and ensure the project is delivered on time and within budget all while clearly communicating throughout the process to all relevant stakeholders
  • Identify and vet the right short and long term partners for ingredients supply, recipe development, liquid formulation, quality assurance, special production processes, contract manufacturing, packaging materials and packaging design
  • Develop strong, sustainable relationships with said vendors to ensure best results within projected timeline and budget
  • Manage multiple outside vendors as well as internal stakeholders to ensure projects are delivered on time, on budget, and up to Kin quality standards 
  • Work closely with executive management team to bring their product vision to life
  • Work closely with operations team to ensure their ordering, productions, logistics and fulfillment strategies and timelines are aligned with product development timelines and strategies 
  • Work closely with brand and marketing teams to ensure their vision and strategy is being brought to life in product
  • Work closely with customer service team to implement customer feedback directly into product improvement and new product development 
  • Develop a deep understanding of Kin’s brand, product and marketing vision, as well as how we approach all operational and commercial activities, to be a subject matter expert to push the thinking (vs. just pushing a timeline)
  • Have a clear understanding of the business case (e.g., consumer insights, financials, marketing business case, operations & supply chain impact) related to each project to be a thought partner with cross functional team members
  • Apply (and share with team members) project management best practices that have driven your success
  • Help define and refine our product commercialization process to drive value, speed and quality (cost effectively)
What You’ll Bring To Kin 
  • Proven skills and results in Project Management, specifically in CPG (consumer packaged goods) 
  • Project management experience leading projects in innovation and product optimization initiatives in CPG 
  • Strong people skills with a proven track record of driving change, influencing stakeholders and external partners, fostering collaboration with and amongst internal teammates, and generally being a team player
  • Strong organization skills, especially in managing complex projects
  • Solid written and oral communication skills - frequent, clear and insightful communication is key to keeping all stakeholders in a given project aligned 
  • Excellent problem solving in both ambiguous and tactical situations and a bias for action (i.e., you ask “how can we?” vs. “can we?”)
  • Experience managing cross functional teams with limited resources in a complex environment with multiple stakeholders, both internal and external 
  • Demonstrated flexibility and ability to perform in a dynamic and ambiguous startup environment
  • Entrepreneurial and creative solution oriented mindset, with the ability to ‘think like as an owner', be flexible
  • Forward thinking to look around the corner and see what is coming
  • Demonstrated commitment to excellence, high quality standards, and attention to detail
  • Proficiency in PM tools (e.g., Microsoft Project, Smart Sheet), Excel and PowerPoint
Qualifications
  • A minimum of 3-5 years relevant experience in project management
  • CPG experience required
  • Direct-to-consumer CPG experience a plus
  • Bachelor’s degree; Masters or MBA a plus
  • Deep knowledge of how CPG startups and more specifically, CPG e-commerce startups operate
  • Track record of successfully executing program and project management in CPG (especially innovation stage gates)
Potential projects may include: 
  • New product development (recipe, formula, production processes, packaging & secondary packaging design & development)
  • New vendor identification and vetting as it relates to product development
  • Packaging refresh 
  • Label updates
  • Recipe updates
  • Ingredient R&D
  • Reformulation 
  • Visual identify update implementation 
  • Secondary packaging and shipper developments
  • Collateral marketing materials development
  • Gift/holiday/seasonal kit development 

 

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