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Innovation Project Manager - Luxury

Campari America

Campari America

Sesto San Giovanni, Metropolitan City of Milan, Italy
Posted on Saturday, October 28, 2023
Campari Group today is a major player in the global branded spirits industry, with a portfolio of over 50 premium and super premium brands, marketed and distributed in over 190 markets around the world, with leading positions in Europe and the Americas.

Headquartered in Milan, Italy, Campari Group owns 22 plants worldwide and has its own distribution network in 22 countries, and employs approximately 4,000 people.

Shares of the parent company Davide Campari - Milano N.V. are listed on the Italian Stock Exchange since 2001. Campari Group is today the sixth-largest player worldwide in the premium spirits industry.


General Description of the Role

The Innovation Projects Manager (IPM) is part of a team designed to execute the Campari Innovation Process, supporting Innovation Project leaders in defining and driving the Innovation Project Plan and coordinating all functions involved in the Innovation Process.


  • Drive New Brand/Products projects execution, with a special focus on Luxury and Extra Luxury (Rare) initiatives, in support of Marketing Project Leader, to ensure best time-to-market and resources allocation (internal resouces’ effort, cost and investment) as well as consistency with consumer brief.
  • Be the Partner & Consultant of our internal Customers (GSM/local Mktg/CCM) to jointly design their NPD agenda as feasible according to Group available resources.

Key Responsibilities And Activities

Project Management for Innovation projects to be driven through Toll Gates

  • Initiating - Performing the work to authorize a new project and define its scope adopting Toll Gate governance process to obtain sponsor approval and commitment.
  • Planning: Performing the work to define the project scope (included Make or Buy), develop the project management plan, and identify and schedule project activities ensuring the use of change control process and procedures communicating with key stakeholders
  • Executing: Performing the work in the project management plan to accomplish the project objectives under the project scope statement verifiying task completion as defined in the project plan, managing performance gaps and ensuring a prompt escalation of issues when needed. Takes part in the monthly Springboard meetings, liaising with the PLM Director and completing relevant documentation
  • Closing - Performing the work to formally terminate a project and transfer the completed product to operations or to close a cancelled project executing closure activities for the project closing all related financial activities and preparing detailed post launch analysis and, documenting and pubblishing lessons learned from a business/ operational perspective as well as on project management side
  • Monitoring/ Controlling: Performing the work to compare actual performance with planned, to analyze variances, to assess trends to effect process improvements, to evaluate possible alternatives, and to implement appropriate corrective action as needed

Active participation to Quarterly Innovation&Renovation Pipeline Review:

  • Facilitate a constant idea sharing to feed pipeline as early as possible, with all ideas needed to achieve Brand Strategy.
  • Support Mktg in forming the idea, by providing: high level indication on SC capability, complexity & timeline; scenario options to simplify (reduce time/cost/risk) and maximize value .

Reporting Responsibilities

  • Ensures timely and proper Innovation Project Portfolio Reporting, in line with the requirements of Campari Innovation process as well as PLM Director guidelines and deadlines for NPD and Supply Chain led initiatives
  • S u pport dashboarding process

Key Relationships

Internal : R&D packaging, R&D liquid, quality, Supply/Demand Planning,Engineering, GSM/Local Marketing/CCM, Global FP&A Marketing and Regional/Local SC FP&A

External: Suppliers, Co-packers, Third party agency and Specialized bottler and packer

Experience Required

  • 5+ years project management experience working in the Luxury packaging Industry ( having worked on bespoke glass and outer cases for luxury spirits is a plus)
  • Experience in working on NPD Innovation on H i gh end luxury production
  • Successful track record to effectively lead and manage multiple projects simultaneously
  • Luxury Whisky Expertise: Learnt from working in whisky producers with luxury brands knowledge is a plus
  • Bachelor Degree in relevant disciplines (Industrial Engeneering, Operations Management, Business Administration, Supply Chain Management,)
  • PMI® certification (is a plus)
  • Fluent in Italian and English, French is a plus



  • Strong communication, leadership and persuading skills
  • Result oriented, respecting deadlines
  • Pragmatic, hands-on approach, problem solver (including potential conflicts involving project team members or stakeholders)
  • External and internal client focus
  • Ability to manage and facilitate relationship with artisal suppliers
  • Ability to work underpressure and cross functions and cultures
  • Excellent interpersonal and motivational skills
  • Assertive, adaptable and creative
  • Dynamic and performance driven, with an international mindset


  • Outstanding project management skills (GANTT definition, elaboration of post launch analysys, knowledge of project management tools and techniques…)
  • Experience in business case definition (Brand/Product Profitability, Return on Investment, Financial planning and analysis)
  • Analytical skills
  • Knowledge of integrated SC operating model
  • SAP/Project management programs experience is highly desirable
  • Expert user of MS Office tools (Excel, Project and PowerPoint)

Our commitment to Diversity & Inclusion:

At Campari Group we believe in building more value together, thus we see diversity in all forms as a source of enrichment. Our employment policies and practices ensure that we are committed to providing equal employment opportunities in all aspects of employment without regard to any individual’s race, religion, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or characteristics or expression, political affiliation or activity, age, veteran status, citizenship, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Note to applicants:

Your application will be assessed based on your abilities, expertise, general knowledge and experience, not because of any confidential, proprietary or trade secret information you may possess. You must not disclose to Campari Group any such information. In the event that you are asked a question that cannot be answered without disclosure of any confidential, proprietary or trade secret information (including from a current or prior employer or their vendors or customers), you must decline to answer the question.

Notice to third party agencies:

Please note that we do not accept unsolicited resumes from recruiters or employment agencies. In the absence of a signed Recruitment Services Agreement, we will not consider, or agree to, payment of any referral compensation or recruiter fee. In the event that a recruiter or agency submits a resume or candidate without a previously signed agreement, we explicitly reserve the right to pursue and hire those candidate(s) without any financial obligation to the recruiter or agency