Who we are today
Godiva is broadly recognized as the worldwide leader in super premium chocolates, through over 600 retail stores, 40,000 points of sale and over 800 Travel retail points of sale in more than 80 countries. Godiva's commitment to excellence is also apparent in its Gold Ballotin Collection and seasonal packaging which have earned Godiva a global reputation for design excellence. Godiva manufactures and markets a broad portfolio of indulgent products, including boxed premium chocolates, small chocolate treats, dipped fruit, biscuits/cookies, coffee/cocoa, blended chilled beverages and other premium chocolate products all bearing the Godiva name. Godiva has recently taken meaningful and successful steps to broaden its portfolio beyond chocolate gifting into the high growth, self-consumption and home entertainment/sharing segments of the marketplace across the Globe. Godiva products are manufactured in Brussels, Belgium and Reading, PA and select co-manufacturing locations globally. The company has approximately 5,000 employees around the world.
If you love our brand, are a chocolate lover and are passionate about making a difference for a global company please consider a career with us. We are looking for people who love taking initiative and becoming part of a fast moving company.
The newly created position of Commercialization Manager Beverages CoE which is based in our Reading (PA) facility. Reporting to the Head of Beverages CoE, the Commercialization Manager Beverages is responsible for the development and management of the Godiva commercialization activities with focus on our worldwide Beverages initiatives. This includes the worldwide development of new Beverages for Godiva, starting from idea generation support, to prototyping and commercialization. The Beverages CoE is the central R&D HUB for all beverages related initiatives. The incumbent understands beverages specific technologies and has technical capabilities to work on Innovation, Quality Improvement, Productivity and Brand Maintenance activities. Coffee-, tea-, fruit-, dairy-, chocolate-, cocoa- containing beverages (made in our shops or RTD made at a CoM) are in scope.
Commercialization of beverage projects, based on briefing (KPIs): identification of required technologies for manufacturing, elaborate process specifications, shelf life and finish product specification. This includes ensuring documentation of all needed data, and dissemination of trial results to all cross-functional partners involved in the product development process.
Accountable for commercializing local initiatives, guided and supported by the correspondent CoE (e.g. Chocolate CoE).
Education: Food Technology/Engineer or equivalent (Master Degree) or higher
Experience: Relevant experience (min 7 years) in Beverage Industry, System Gastronomy
(e.g. “Starbucks”, “Pret a Manger”, etc.) or a longer experience in the Confectionary Industry with focus on beverage development (e.g. ready-to-drink or powder beverages). Great knowledge in coffee – and tea- and their brewing techniques is a plus. Experience with reduced sugar beverages and beverages in the health & wellness area and dairy based beverages.
Skills: Great knowledge in Food Safety and microbiology is a must have. Fluent in English (good writing, communication- and presentation skills). Proven track record of successful commercialization in multinational companies. Good knowledge on process development, Sensorial Methods, IP and Statistical Design. Familiar with Lean Management initiatives, such as L6Sigma, 5S, Kaizen philosophy and/or Jidoka.
Required travel: 20 – 40 %
Willing to travel overseas
Good communication skills and ability to motivate people
Know-how management aptitude (learning, training)
Ability to evolve in changing environment
Required sense of initiative and autonomy functioning
Godiva appreciates your interest and consideration of our company. We regret that we will not be able to respond to every resume submission. Only those candidates who best meet our needs shall be contacted. Again, thank you for your consideration.
Godiva Chocolatier is an Equal Opportunity Employer, M/F/Disability/Veterans.
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