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Sr Analyst, Commercialization

City & State: 

Chicago, IL, US, 60601

Job Category:  Product Management

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 13 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.



Project Management

  • Provide Project Management support and lead business on multiple projects for the commercialization of new foods through the established project management process for regulatory, compliance, ingredient and packaging changes
  • Manage projects for external bakery partners and work with external partners on execution of projects
  • Execution of all bakery transfer projects
  • Manage a project Business Brief from kickoff to final sign off and manage work between all cross-functional team
  • Maintain project management systems and trackers
  • Lead Project teams and maintain communication on all projects and provide solutions to avoid delays
  • Develop, manage and execute project plans including specific timelines to meet or exceed project objectives and highlight risk or delays of projects
  • Run and analyze project reports
  • Work on additional projects

 Merchandise & Equipment Management

  • Annual on-site warehouse review and vendor management set up including standard operating procedures including implementation of process improvements
  • Special Project management supporting, graphics manager and Creative Services for Merchandise/POS; Warehouse disposal and damage management, SKU rationalization
  • Procurement Control - Develop material standard costs
  • Liaison for merchandising with Customer Service team on E Commerce platform and consumer issues.
  • Support merchandising with marketing for all POS, paper/packaging products, and merchandising equipment, Oversee delivery of print production projects

 Skills Experience & Qualifications:

  • 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 (excel, microsoft project)
  • 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.