Project Specialist- Commercialization (Portfolio Activity Specialist)

HARIBO of America

Des Plaines, IL 60018

Posted 1 month ago

Job Description

Reporting to the Director of Portfolio Activity Management, the Project Specialist - Commercialization - Portfolio Activity Specialist role will manage commercialization projects for the US market that are produced at HARIBO’s affiliated domestic and foreign facilities and third party vendors, implementation of assigned innovation and renovation strategies as the key liaison between marketing and the foreign facilities’ intercompany departments, and implement process improvements as assigned, ensuring flawless delivery. The Portfolio Activity Specialist also supports other activity management activities as assigned, managing the development, implementation, and flow through of the pipeline process efficiently, effectively and on budget.

The original and iconic HARIBO Goldbears, created in 1922, have delighted kids and grown-ups for 100 years! Located on-site at the HARIBO of America corporate office in Rosemont, Illinois, the Portfolio Activity Specialist will have 5+ years of experience executing renovation and innovation strategies through partnering with the manufacturing and marketing operations in a CPG environment, preference to food, candy, or confectionary.


+ Manage seasonal and everyday projects from the HARIBO network

+ Act as U.S. contact for intercompany portfolio departments at overseas factories for seasonal items

+ Handle seasonal and everyday transfer projects when moving items from one factory to another

+ Manage portfolio portions for execution of U.S. co-manufactured items, both seasonal and non-seasonal

+ Work with internal stakeholders in U.S. to ensure adequate pipeline of projects

+ Responsible for factory item setup workflow and item maintenance (changes to items) workflow for corporate and factory

+ Responsible for packaging artwork workflow using Wave software


+ Minimum of five (5) years of experience executing renovation and innovation strategies through partnering with the manufacturing and marketing operations in a CPG / Consumer Packaged Goods environment, preference to food

+ Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Food Science, Engineering or related field, or equivalent work experience

Preferred Qualifications:

+ Knowledgeable of German, Turkish, or Brazilian Portuguese language a plus

+ Strong decision making and problem-solving skills

+ Exceptional organizational skills and ability to lead multiple projects and assignments

+ Strong communication skills, interpersonal, oral, written and presentation

+ Highly motivated, critical thinker, goal oriented and adapts easily to change

+ Ability to lead, develop, direct and hold others accountable to HARIBO’s high standards

+ SAP experience preferred

What can you expect?

You will be part of a successful family-run company with core values that is growing internationally faster than ever before. We nurture long-term associate relationships, work-life blend, rich learning environment, and a tangible impact in the company's success.


Are you looking to make a meaningful impact with your work? Do you thrive in a fast-paced environment? Are you a people-person with a passion for the consumer packaged goods industry? Does working in a fast paced growing organization excite you? If the answer is yes, then this is the job for you! Working at HARIBO inspires childlike happiness through the impactful work, dedication, and passion for our brand. Come join our team, where our associates are our greatest asset!

The Happy World of HARIBO is more than a business; we’re family. We always have been, since our founding in 1920. For the last 100 years, while we’ve expanded internationally and created over 1,000 confectionery treats, we’ve known our talented Associates are behind our greatest successes. That’s why we’re committed to investing in their growth, development and career opportunities.

At HARIBO, you’re empowered to charter your own path with mentoring and support from colleagues throughout the business. We encourage you to try new things, think of possibilities and aim higher – all while having fun delivering moments of childlike happiness to our gummi fans in the U.S.

Our core values and focus on long-term success continue to guide the way we do business every day. Our success story is rooted in our teams, and giving them the autonomy, support and freedom to make the best decisions for our consumers, customers and each other.

We give back to the places where we live and work. We listen to our consumers and get excited about innovation. We encourage diverse schools of thought and nurture inclusivity. We work to inspire joy through sweet treats that are fun to share. Want to know more about us? Please visit

We’d love to hear more about you.

HARIBO of America, Inc. is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and maintains a Drug-Free Workplace. Employment at HARIBO of America, Inc. is subject to post offer, pre-employment drug testing. The Company’s policy is not to discriminate against any applicant or employee based on race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, age (40 and over), disability, military status, including protected veteran status, genetic information or any other basis protected by applicable federal, state, or local laws. HARIBO also prohibits harassment of applicants or employees based on any of these protected categories. It is also HARIBO’s policy to comply with all applicable federal, state and local laws respecting consideration of unemployment status in making hiring decisions.

HARIBO is committed to recruiting, hiring and promoting people with disabilities and veterans. If you need an accommodation to assist with completing the electronic application, please contact the location for which you are applying and ask to speak with the human resources representative or email

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