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Title:  GBS New Product Development Specialist

Job ID:  72961
Country:  Philippines
City:  Taguig
Professional area:  Research & Development
Contract type:  Permanent
Professional level:  Experienced

Taguig, 00, PH, 1634


We’re JTI, Japan Tobacco International, and we believe in freedom

We think that the possibilities are limitless when you’re free to choose. We’ve spent the last 20 years innovating and creating new and better products for our consumers to choose from. It’s how we’ve grown to be present in 130 countries, and how we’ve grown from 40 to 4,000+ employees in the Philippines since 2009.
But our business isn’t just business, our business is our people. Their talent. Their potential. We believe that when they’re free to be themselves, to grow, travel and develop, amazing things can happen for our business. That’s why our employees, from around the world, choose to be a part of JTI. It’s why 9 out of 10 would recommend us to a friend, and why we’ve been recognized as INVESTORS IN PEOPLE in the Philippines.


It’s the perfect moment for you to #JoinTheIdea. We’re opening our Global Business Service center in the heart of BGC Manila and looking for more than 300 bright minds to join a global multinational with an exciting start-up vibe.



New Product Development Specialist


The NPD Specialist is responsible for the planning and management of NPD projects following the company policy, annual plan (A&SP) and requirements of the markets assigned within the Americas and APAC regions. They are considering local legal regulations with the aim to ensure the advancement of JTI products in the market. The incumbent, working very closely with brand managers and assistant brand managers, will be primarily responsible for managing the entire JTI portfolio with regard to packaging, product changes, new formats, Variable Manufacturing Cost changes/One Time Cost budget planning, Limited Edition Pack and New Product Development introductions. In addition, the role holder will be the contact person for R&D, Global Supply Chain and Marketing & Sales ensuring all product and packaging initiatives are executed with excellence, including both on time and within budget, prioritising brands and / or projects where necessary.


What will you do?


  • Execute NPD projects related to product and/or packaging changes) within PLM system
  • Projects coordination in collaborative way with the the different stakeholders at all sourcing locations
  • Tracking progress of the projects and providing projects' status to Line Manager and Market
  • Preparation of preliminary info required for Project initiation: Packaging Briefs, Market simulations / Creative designs, etc. Coordinate bar-codes assignment process from Market side
  • Organize and lead projects' kick-off meetings under the responsibility of Project Manager role
  • Track information on lead-times for different steps of the process: coordination of layouts development & approval process within DAM (artwork), SKU readiness, toolling availability, NTMs (non tobacco materials) delivery and other project related questions.
  • Track and look for opportunities to optimize product cost and rationalize OTC amounts
  • Manage the end to end NPD process ensuring timely execution of all projects

  • Track project timelines against plan and ensure that key stakeholders including NPD & Commercial Strategy Mgr and Marketing Lead are aware of any delays and issues

  • NPD meetings organization and coordination: preparation and alignment of agenda, presentation, minutes, facilitation of the discussion, follow-up of the agreed action points

  • Track and ensure updates to NPD related data - Product Specifications file, Bar-codes, Blends and NTMs cost, etc.

  • Manage MyJTI workflow on time and with quality for all the related services requests

  • Take responsibility for PLM related questions and provide support to the markets assigned with PLM related issues, deliver system and/or process updates to involved users, and communicate with PLM Governance Team on system / process related questions
  • Provide technical support within artworks development process: coordinate Production Designs development  according to JTI Design Guide and Markets requirements; track layouts development and revision in accordance to Market requests; support Brand Groups with Market simulations / visuals preparation. Provide technical support to Brand Groups during Barrel Proofs, Color matchings and Quality Releases.
  • Analyse competitor product and pack initiatives and investigate / propose alternatives in-line with strategy. Take part in ASP process by supporting Line Manager with estimated OTC calculation

  • Take part in the ASP portfolio collection process by supporting and providing related activities to the assigned markets

  • Manage various tasks and projects as they arise and upon manager’s request


Who are we looking for?


  • A bachelor's degree holder preferrably in Engineering, Economics, Statistics or Finance
  • Has at least 3 years of extensive work experience in New Product Development (NPD), Research & Development, Quality Assurance, Marketing, or Project Management roles.
  • With proven track record in cross-functional projects and in-depth understanding of the Product Lifecycle Management
  • Strong experience and knowledge of packaging and product development is required
  • Must have expertise in SAP, PLM and other similar systems
  • Has advanced MS Office skills and working experience/knowledge of SAP
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills
  • Excellent project management, presentation skills, and has the ability to handle multiple projects
  • Amenable to working on mid shift schedule or shifting as required


What's in it for you?


  • Be covered with medical insurance upon hiring, with dependent coverage and medicine allowance
  • Receive cash allowances such as meal and transport allowance
  • Flexible working arrangements
  • Have access to over 200 company training
  • Be part of a truly international and diverse company with over 40,000 employees in 130 countries.
  • Experience the culture of an Investors in People certified company
  • Find out why 9 out of 10 employees recommend us to a friend.
  • Understand why 9 out of 10 employees say they feel free to be themselves.


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