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Group Director, Platform Management & Innovation, Coca-Cola Freestyle

The Coca-Cola Company

  • Location: Atlanta, GA - USA
  • Post Date: 3/15/2019
  • Job Type: FULL TIME
  • TRAVEL REQUIRED: 26% - 50%
  • RELOCATION PROVIDED: No
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Job ID: R-25721

Position Overview:

We're looking for an energizing leader who is highly experienced and enjoys leading fast-paced cross-functional teams.

Are you the candidate? Do you enjoy challenge? Looking for an opportunity to make a lasting impact? Can you motivate and influence others who don't report to you? We're looking for someone who views obstacles as interesting challenges. Someone who possesses a passion for creating and driving development of disruptive new products, technologies, and service offerings. An individual who can marry technical know-how with innovative design and customer needs. Does this sound like you? The ideal candidate is a fast learner and embraces change. They are comfortable with ambiguity and uncertainty. They are solution-oriented and think holistically about impacts. All while driving business results.

We're an organization of innovators working to change the way consumers experience our brands and enable our system to move to a total beverage company. Join our team and help lead the future of Coca-Cola Freestyle.

Platform Manager Responsibilities
An effective platform manager is an entrepreneur, strategist, technical visionary, cross-functional team leader, customer and end user advocate, all rolled into one. Our platform managers are responsible for developing and executing new platform strategy plans, including 3-year life-cycle plans, that fit the Foodservice and On-Premise selling plans, initiatives, and financial goals of Coca-Cola Freestyle.

Function Specific Activities:

Job Activities

  • Coordinate with all global business end users of the Coca-Cola Freestyle platforms, equipment service, R&D teams, Freestyle Engineering, Freestyle Business Development and Freestyle Marketing teams to identify and implement dispenser requirements. 
  • Develop and manage on-going routine with business unit participants to collect and prioritize change requests and continuously communicate the overall release schedule.
  • Act as a thought leader on innovation, champion ideas across the teams to leverage leading edge solutions across Freestyle platform to grow traffic, beverage volume and acquire/extend customer relationships.

Accountabilities

  • Construct a platform roadmap to align with strategic initiatives. Optimize/iterate as necessary to meet business goals.
  • Oversee progress against platform backlogs to ensure work and priorities are in line with platform strategy and goals.
  • Manage inbound requests from stakeholders - field, prioritize, and report back on progress, expected delivery dates, concerns, and/or blockers. Make final decisions on any scope changes to prioritize key features that align with the overall strategy.
  • Write business case for new features and coordinate between sales, commercialization, engineering and finance to collect all inputs on cost and market opportunities.
  • Serve as the product expert on performance, functionality, and value propositions to internal and external customers. Provide product-related assistance as needed.
  • Provide monthly business review on major platform line performance (YOY, vs. plan) with corrective actions while providing recommendations for delivering growth.

Vision and Strategy

  • Ability to develop market assessments, business development plans and product life cycle strategies
  • Ability to manage a product:  the features, functions, value created, profit and loss, strategic planning, market and competitive analysis at a level of skill and knowledge leading to successful outcomes.
  • Talent for deciphering key consumer needs for a given product solution.  Talent for screening ideas objectively and recommending high revenue alternatives.

Program and Product Management

  • Oversee and direct platform team's project deliverables to ensure timely and accurate execution
  • Skill and capability in driving results with 3rd Party (consultants, legal, etc.) partners
  • Anticipate obstacles and objectives to problem solve preemptively

Teamwork and Communications

  • Ability to handle criticism, conflict and risk
  • Develop productive working relationships with cross-functional teams
  • Drive results, influence others and work across all areas of the company

 Required Knowledge, Skill, and Abilities

  • 10 years of technical or commercial leadership
  • Prior experience and track record in planning and introducing new products to market under tight time and budget constraints
  • P&L Responsibility with Technical Product Management experience preferred                             
  • Systems Knowledge and thinking
  • Excellent written and oral Communication Skills

Job Requirements:

Years of Experience:

Growth Behaviors:

  • GROWTH MINDSET: Demonstrates curiosity. Welcomes failure as a learning opportunity.
  • SMART RISK: Makes bold decisions/recommendations.
  • EXTERNALLY FOCUSED: Understands the upstream and downstream implications of his/her work. Tracks and shares external trends, best practices or ideas.
  • PERFORMANCE DRIVEN AND ACCOUNTABLE: Has high performance standards. Outperforms her/his peers.
  • FAST/AGILE: Removes barriers to move faster. Experiments and adapts. Thrives under pressure and fast pace.
  • EMPOWERED: Brings solutions instead of problems. Challenges the status quo. Has the courage to take an unpopular stance.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class. Apply
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