Program Manager

Date: Dec 5, 2022

Location: Charlottesville, VA, US, 22911 Rayong, TH Montabaur, DE, 56412 Buenos Aires, AR Cotia, BR Gordonsville, VA, US, 22942 Suzhou, CN

Company: Klöckner Pentaplast

United under one vision: The Sustainable Protection of Everyday Needs, kp is a global market leader in rigid and flexible packaging and specialty film solutions. The need to act on climate change has never been clearer so we incorporate sustainability into everything we do by #InvestingInBetter - creating innovative films and trays that protect medication and medical devices, keep products safe, help avoid food waste and preserve the integrity of countless durable products.

Founded in 1965, kp has 31 plants in 18 countries and employs over 5,700 people committed to serving customers worldwide in over 60 locations.


The Role

We currently have a fantastic opportunity for a Program Manager to join our Global Innovation team leading the Stage Gate process and driving the innovation multi-segment program portfolio . This is a critical role to the business which will monitor and analyze all benefits and costs associated with the project work for Innovation, including patents, and make key recommendations for improvements. The job holder will also be  involved in updating/ tracking, generating and visualizing data, and prepare presentations for executive and board reviews with key insights into strategy. 


Please note that this exciting position offers a hybrid working model and can be based in any of the following locations: Charlottesville, Virginia; Gordonsville, Virginia; Montabaur, Germany; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Cotia, Brazil; ,Rayong, Thailand; Suzhou, China.


Your Responsibilities

  • Maintenance and further development of the innovation process database (Stage-Gate) in Salesforce and integration to IP,  SAP Business Warehouse
  • Creation and updating of web-based training materials for the innovation process (SAP Workforce Performance Builder)
  • Training and support of the innovation process on the CRM software Salesforce
  • Statistical evaluations, analyses and presentations on the innovation process and the innovation pipeline
  • Contact person and coordinator for enquiries, training and signature regulation
  • Regular updates in Sales force and monthly reports
  • Tracking of top line sales and vitality index, linking sales force and business-warehouse
  • Budgeting, forecasting and reporting of the innovation CAPEX, Innovation trial report, and overall cost in close coordination with the innovation managers and finance
  • Initiation and follow-up of the CAPEX workflow for the innovation department in SharePoint
  • Administrative contact for government-funded innovation projects in coordination with internal departments and external project sponsors
  • Maintenance and archiving of NDA / JDA documents in paper form (originals / copies) and digitally on global SharePoint, and control of user rights – GLOBAL
  • Maintenance and updating of the patent database in Salesforce, as well as control of user rights – GLOBAL
  • Reporting on patent portfolio and evaluation and IP controlling: maintenance, updating and reporting of patent costs
  • Cost tracking and reporting of innovation projects with production trials of the innovation
  • Supporting the VP in the preparation of Staff Meetings and resolution of functional misalignments, representation in various forums internally, and execute reporting/ data visualization/ presentations/ recommendations for PHD LT, KLT, and the Board


Your Profile

  • University Degree in Business, Engineering or a related field
  • Knowledge of innovation management/stage gate process
  • Solid knowledge of Salesforce
  • Expertise in project management, process and quality management (DMAIC, SixSigma, Lean,..)
  • Minimum 3 – 5  years of professional experience in a comparable field of activity
  • Very good written and spoken English
  • Affinity for IT tools, databases, workflow software
  • Strong Excel skills
  • Knowledge of patent law an advantage
  • Very good communication and presentation skills
  • Strong intercultural skills
  • Ability to work in a team, reliability, flexibility, and loyalty
  • Experience in controlling and SAP knowledge advantageous


Why join us?

As well as receiving a very competitive compensation package, you’ll have the opportunity to build a career as unique as you, with the global scale, support, and inclusive culture to become the best version that you can be.


Why look at all the important work we’re doing from the outside? Be an insider, apply today!


If you are determined, thrive in a fast-paced environment with high levels of accountability and focus,  then we’d love to meet you! Please apply using the link below.


At kp, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is vital to our global success. We welcome applicants from all identities, ideas, perspectives and experiences and encourage people from underrepresented backgrounds to apply. We aim to create an inclusive culture where our employees feel empowered to play to their strengths and see themselves reflected in the organisation.

Nearest Major Market: Charlottesville
Nearest Secondary Market: Virginia