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Manager - Corporate Innovation, NY


Date: Jun 23, 2019

Location: White Plains, NY, US

Company: DANONE

Danone North America is the largest Benefit Corporation in the world. Our mission is to bring health through food to as many people as possible. Some of our brands include: Dannon, Activia, Horizon Organic, Happy Family, International Delight, Silk, Vega, Oikos, Light & Fit, So Delicious Dairy Free, Stok, Two Good, Wallaby Organic, Left Field Farms, Good Plants Diary Free, Yo Crunch, Evian & Nutricia. 


Danone North America is looking for a Manager - Corporate Innovation, NY in White Plains, NY.




This position will support capability assessments and the industrialization of packaging, product, productivity, innovation, and renovation projects. These projects will take place at both internal manufacturing sites as well as co-manufactures.

The Manager – Corporate Innovation Engineer reports to the Director, Corporate Innovation Engineer.  This individual is the single point of contact between the manufacturing teams and cross functional project teams (PMO, Research & Innovation (R&I), Quality, etc.) working closely with the Plant Industrialization Managers (PIM) for all product and package Industrialization projects.  This position will create the right processes in order to achieve key goals and influence project teams to implement data driven solutions and successful project completion.




  • Administer technical guidance on new projects to ensure processes and equipment are capable of production capacity, quality, food safety, and EHS requirements.
  • An active member of multiple cross functional teams including corporate marketing, finance, QA, engineering, Research & Innovation (R&I) and plant operations.  Developing relationships / collaborating with these key stakeholders is a critical aspect of the role
  • Work with purchasing, demand planning, and contract manufacturing to conduct
    Make vs. Buy analysis and help determine production locations for new products
  • As needed, contribute to commissioning plans for new products and packages to ensure repeatable and reliable processes
  • Practice proven decision-making skills, working effectively under pressure and possessing the integrity to make the right decisions


Education and Experience (Requirements): The following combination of education and professional experience is required for this position.


    • Bachelor’s degree in food science, packaging development, engineering (mechanical / chemical / industrial), microbiology or closely related field
    • 3-7 years of relevant progressive experience in Consumer Package Goods (CPG) industry, preferably in the food / beverage industry
    • Experience managing direct reports is preferred
    • Experience in a production and/or maintenance environment is preferred

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:


  • Must be highly self-directed and able to work independently as well as part of a team
  • Flexible to consider additional information or ideas when formulating solutions
  • Possesses the ability to use knowledge, facts, data and professional insights to effectively solve problems and put in place best practice solutions
  • Must be exceptionally organized and self-disciplined to accommodate the management of a large portfolio of projects
  • Understand the essential value of engaging and actively communicating appropriate information to all levels involved with and/or affected by the project
  • Excellent conflict resolution and interpersonal skills
  • Fast learner and quickly adapts in a changing environment
  • Must have fully developed written and presentation skills
  • Solid understanding of GMP’s, food safety, and plant safety

    Travel: Estimated 20%





Danone North America is a Certified B Corporation business unit of Danone and operates in the U.S. from headquarter offices in White Plains, NY and Broomfield, CO. For more information, please visit 


Danone North America is an equal employment and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, veteran status, genetic characteristic or any other unlawful criterion.

Nearest Major Market: White Plains
Nearest Secondary Market: New York City

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