Req ID




Req ID:  92495
Function:  R&D
Posted:  Jul 10, 2024

New York, NY, US, 10118

Senior Project Manager, NPD - Philosophy

Global Initiative Leader – Philosophy

New York, NY


COTY is looking for smart leaders who are fast and passionate.


The Global Initiative Leader (GIL) take responsibility for a given portfolio of projects and influence the activities of a multi-functional team who, together, develop and execute an initiative within the context of an Initiative Masterplan (IMP) from idea through to launch. The Global Initiative Leader operate as the ‘orchestra conductor’ helping to drive collaboration in defining and executing the project plan (Critical Path Schedule) with colleagues in Category Marketing, Artwork, Supply, Procurement and R&D and bring their expertise in Innovation systems and processes to deliver outstanding, breakthrough project results.


The Global Initiative Leader is the source of truth on project 360 readiness (commercial, financial, technical) and ensure that risks and issues are pro-actively identified and mitigated through their facilitation of the multi-functional project team and adherence to the technical and commercial qualification activities. They collaborate closely with Site Initiative Leaders in Supply who take responsibility for the product execution project plan once designs are locked and committed – although the Global Initiative manager maintain accountability in the end-to-end innovation process.


The Global Initiative Leader operate through influence to guide and coach the teams through the stage gate process and in the correct use of tools and techniques owned by Initiative Management Team.




In this role you will be responsible for:

  • Manages their portfolio of projects through the development of a project plan (CPS) and brings together the multi-functional team to work collaboratively and pro-actively progress the agreed work
  • Co-ordinates the review of readiness of an initiative, working closely with Category Marketing, R&D/Supply/Procurement and Marketing Finance
  • Frames and communicates project questions to facilitate informed and agile decision taking
  • Applies the standard Supply operating strategy matrix to recommend finished good sourcing approach
  • Ensures issues and risks are pro-actively identified and brought to the attention of the project team for mitigation or resolution. Elevates project issues to IM Segment Director for visibility and support in resolution when needed.
  • Co-ordinates the formal Alert Process with global teams when a critical issue arises. Brings the project team together in crisis collaboration if needed.
  • Portfolio of projects can include: Innovation/new launches; Gross Margin Improvement projects; Regulatory compliance projects; Preservation projects
  • Collaborate with multi-functional partners to deliver a portfolio of initiatives that is sufficient to fulfill the brand innovation strategy in consumer offer, business scale and profitability, and meeting Coty standards
  • Deliver the Initiative Success. Clarify business objectives and expectations, Deliver project Success Criteria. Focus on Business First, Project Second.
  • Ensure gate adherence % and timely project start-up linking activity calendars via project complexity to standard CPS.
  • Project Success: Right First Time Initiative delivery (on time, on quality) with a high Customer Service achievement (OTIF/Fill Rate) and a sustainable manufacturing/procurement supply chain in place




We’d love to see candidates who have:



  • Proven experience in Supply Chain role(s)
  • Proven track record on managing projects and delivering on time, on cost and on quality
  • Proven experience in delivering projects as leader and/or member of a multi-functional team
  • 5-6 years project management experience – familiarity with CPS/Project Planning, standard project management toolbox – Beauty Industry preferable
  • Experience in operating in a matrix structure and across borders
  • Technical Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent
  • Fluency in English (spoken and written)
  • Project management experience
  • Understanding of new product development processes & stage gate approach
  • Understanding of MRP system logic
  • Exposure to production environment & interaction of packaging, process, manufacturing
  • Strong Microsoft excel & Microsoft project capability
  • Additional background in planning/purchasing/technical environment beneficial
  • Preferably to have experience of Coty Operations or related industry, pharmaceutical, food, FMCG


Additional Characteristics:

  • Demonstrates a strong sense of individual accountability
  • Is autonomous, action-orientated and pragmatic
  • Is committed to deliver results, goes after the stretch target
  • Takes conscious and calculated risks
  • Makes fast decisions balancing intuition and facts
  • Proactively seeks improvement, is a solution provider and a problem solver
  • Makes innovation happen within real-life constraints
  • Learns from successes and failures, looks for and reapplies best practices
  • Embraces and accelerates change in a fast-paced environment
  • Is resilient and flexible, adapts to new challenges
  • Is passionate, enthusiastic and has fun in work achievement
  • Thrives on challenges and keeps a healthy attitude under pressure
  • Communicates effectively; delivers impactful presentations, says what’s on mind, goes to the point
  • Is willing to help others and focuses on customer needs
  • Solicits and derives benefit from other’s feedback
  • Demonstrates relevant business knowledge & financial awareness
  • Is dedicated to driving the business in a profitable & sustainable way
  • Guides others through change by example
  • Adapts leadership style to situations & people, finds the right balance between delegation & control
  • Gives constructive & actionable feedback to improved performance & development
  • Recognizes the contribution of others, differentiates fairly




This is unique role with a genuine opportunity to make an impact. You’ll get to work in a diverse environment with a team of professionals who are passionate about the work they do and know how to have some fun along the way.


Coty’s global omni-working policy provides the option to work up to 50% of your month remotely.  We believe that a more flexible philosophy of remote working will give everyone the freedom to choose what works for their individual circumstances and empower them to always perform at their best.




Our people make us who we are. They are the brightest minds bringing the boldest ideas to life every day. If you’re the kind of person who refuses to settle, if you want to think bigger, learn faster and go further than you ever thought possible – we’d love to hear from you.


Coty is deeply committed to Changing the Conversation around Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in an effort to create a more open, inclusive, and diverse workplace where all employees can be their authentic self.





We offer equal employment opportunity to qualified individuals without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, age, gender, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Coty complies with federal and state disability laws and makes reasonable accommodations for applicants and employees with disabilities. If reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and/or to receive other benefits and privileges of employment, please contact cotyjobsUS@cotyinc.comWe strongly believe that cultivating a diverse workplace gives a company strength. The combination of unique skills, abilities, experiences and backgrounds creates an environment that produces extraordinary results. EOE Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Disabled.


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Base Salary Range: $120,000 -135,000

Country/Region:  US
City:  New York

Nearest Major Market: New York City