Job Details

Requisition Number 17-0050
Post Date 10/20/2017
Title Stage Gate Projects Supervisor
City Princeton
State MN

Stage Gate Projects Supervisor


Since 1912, Phillips Distilling Company (PDC) has been producing high-quality spirits and popular brands.  As one of America's oldest family-owned spirits companies, we pride ourselves on our independent spirit and our commitment to innovation, quality and community.  This position will deliver on all project management activities of our amazing portfolio of brands, which are comprised of our branded business, contract sales and corporate label brands. Our passion for quality and craft is evident in our expansive and diverse portfolio of premium brands.


The Stage Gate Projects Supervisor is responsible for leading the New Product Development/Stage Gate Projects team to deliver on all project management activities for an assigned project or program from initiation through closure, as well as, analyze data in Master files to continuously drive process improvements.  This position initiates all coordination of activities to maintain timelines while collaborating with cross-functional teams to meet customers’ expectations.  The successful candidate will demonstrate natural leadership and communication skills to instill confidence in stakeholders and meet the agreed to deliverables in a dynamic ever-changing environment.



Essential Duties


  • Manages and directs the selection, training, development, performance appraisal, and work direction of the Stage Gate Specialists.
  • Manages select projects and oversees the duties performed by the Stage Gate Projects team, which includes:
    • Set up, maintain and coordinate electronic and working Stage Gate Project files upon concept approval.  Gather all information required to fully develop and initiate each project including approved art file for all components; clearly identify all project needs, materials, and anticipated issues.  Coordinate and maintain open communication between all stakeholders including presentation of final design for stakeholder approval.
    • Initiate, develop and maintain accurate timeline for each project.  Coordinate and communicate changes to existing projects as they occur.
    • Routinely review material inventories and raw materials analysis, ensuring material availability or shortages are appropriately communicated, validating confirmed project due dates remain on target.
  • Facilitate cross-functional team project status meetings.  Act as liaison between all departments related to projects.  Clearly and accurately communicates status to Projects Management leadership and team.
  • Actively troubleshoots project challenges and provides recommendations to resolve issues as they arise.  Monitors project performance to ensure project is on target and deadlines are met as expected, raising concerns to senior leadership when needed.  Upon ‘major’ project completion, provide input and participate in Lessons Learned to document process flow improvements.
  • Responsible for BICS Data and monitor workload by company code, due date, degree of difficulty, and all analytics as needed. 
  • Create and update all Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) process documentation to ensure step by step instructions are compiled to assist team to carry out routine operations.
  • Assist with identifying gift pack needs and process flow, communicate with stakeholders to ensure logistical and quality controls are met to optimize costs and controls of special projects and initiatives.
  • Analyze, design, develop, implement, and evaluate process improvements ideas, to include Project Logs, Stage Gate Forms, Master Files process flow, Timeline Development to streamline efficiencies and Project Team effectiveness reducing risk to project success and meeting department and company objectives.
  • All other duties as assigned.


Minimum Job Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree with three plus years’ supervisory experience in the food and beverage industry with package and label project management, or equivalent combination of education and experience, may include experience as project lead.
  • Experience with performance management, coaching and developing employees.
  • Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification highly desirable.
  • Proficient in spreadsheet and word processing programs.
  • Working knowledge of project process and methodology, with a strategic and thorough view of the process from inception to completion.
  • Strong analytical and detail orientation, negotiation, and presentation skills with excellent verbal and written communications; exceptional interpersonal and collaborative ability to work in a diverse matrixed environment with a “team first” approach.
  • Thrive in a fast paced, multitasking environment.



Reports To:  VP of Support Services

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