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Jessica Claire
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Professional Summary

High-performing cross functional leader with deep experience in product development and bringing new consumer products to market both as a project manager and engineer. Looking to join a growing entrepreneurial organization as a project manager leading the product development lifecycle.

Project Manager - New Product Development, 01/2012 to Current
Allegion Plc Everett, WA,

Lead cross functional teams to execute strategic new product and cost savings projects throughout the overall product development lifecycle from concept to market introduction for a wide variety of consumer products and technologies. Strong track record of managing multiple complex projects at once with aggressive deadlines.

Key Responsibilities & Characteristics:

  • Develop and execute project plans and schedules to ensure delivery of technical and business requirements within approved budget and timeline in accordance with business gate review process.
  • Responsible for leading projects through all aspects of new product development lifecycle including product design and development, consumer insights, product concept and positioning, supply chain and manufacturing, marketing and sales go to market strategy, while ensuring financial hurdles are met.
  • Build high performing team dynamics by leading regular team meetings and ensuring effective communication, motivation, accountability, and conflict resolution.
  • Actively own and drive projects and project teams to creatively develop solutions, transform ambiguity into clear action plans, challenge assumptions, assess & mitigate risks, elevate issues, and push for timely decisions.
  • Effectively engage stakeholders and senior business leaders to ensure alignment throughout development process and to ensure sound business decisions by providing options, recommendations, and rationale. Drive toward the right business decisions, even when the outcome is not desired.

Selected Accomplishments:

  • Led a $10M product launch into a new-to-Clorox Foods category in less than 3 months from concept to Launch Recommendation. Drove the team through the aggressive timeline to successfully deliver all project requirements. Mapped out risks and process exceptions to align senior management to the aggressive project plan.
  • Managed M&A integration to adapt an innovative, acquired product technology to the Kingsford supply chain and branding. Demonstrated strong leadership by keeping the team motivated through ambiguity and by driving to a difficult “kill” recommendation due to product design being incompatible with manufacturing processes and supply chain.
  • Challenged project team and business leadership assumptions to drive the development of an alternative packaging solution that avoided $1M capital spend and enabled project to launch 6 months sooner than expected.
  • Drove process improvements in team communication by expanding influence of Microsoft SharePoint on project teams.
Technical Project Manager & Process Development Engineer, Cleaning Products Division, 05/2010 to 2012
The Clorox Company City, STATE,

Technical project manager and process development engineer leading technical teams to develop process technologies, create manufacturing standards, and qualify contract manufacturers to bring new products to market.

  • Technical Project Manager - Led and managed cross function teams to identify, vet, and qualify contract manufacturers for acceptable capability, capacity, and cost, to bring new products to market. Partnered with vendors to implement new capital and process technologies.
  • Cost Savings Project Manager – Managed cross functional team to deliver >$1M in annual raw material savings through product and manufacturing changes.
  • Process Development Engineer - Led technical research and statistical design of experiments at lab, pilot plant, and plant scales to define manufacturing standards, product quality specifications, and product quality test methods. Gained international experience by partnering on international development teams and adapting manufacturing standards from multiple countries in Latin America.
Product Development Engineer, Food Products Division, 11/2008 to 05/2010
The Clorox Company City, STATE,

Product engineer with wide range of experiences including white space innovation, base business support, and supply assurance program manager.

  • New Product Innovation - Developed new products in strategic, new-to-Clorox categories. Analyzed new initiatives for strategic fit, competitive landscape, and industry trends. Developed partnerships with external industry and technology experts to create superior products differentiated from lead competitors. Optimized user experience of new products through prototype development, consumer testing, and competitive benchmarking.
  • Base Business Product Development – Launched multiple new products in existing Clorox categories. Engaged with cross function teams to ensure product designs met consumer, financial, and manufacturing requirements.
  • Supply Assurance Program Manager – Led supply assurance program to qualify new raw material suppliers to improve supply chain efficiency and/or robustness.

Product & Process Development Engineer, Kingsford Division, 04/2006 to 11/2008
The Clorox Company City, STATE,

Product developer and technical project manager on complex strategic projects to improve product performance and deliver raw material cost savings. Key business partner with Brand and Sales to develop competitive benchmarking and product claims strategy.

Technical Team Lead & Product Engineer– Led technical team to develop product improvement with >$10M annual raw material cost savings for flagship Kingsford products.

  • Developed new product design for performance superiority, consumer preference, and manufacturability. Gained significant experience with statistical design of experiments, consumer testing, and vendor joint development. Awarded design patent for new product design and won “Clorox Patent of the Year.”
  • Managed cross functional technical team to define capital requirements, prove full scale manufacturability, and assess & mitigate technical risks of new product design.
  • Led discussions with senior management to frame up technical and quality risks & preventative actions to gain approval to spend capital dollars to implement new product design.

Product Claims Program Manager

  • Partnered with Marketing, Sales, and Legal to develop marketing and advertising claims. Supported commercial shoots as product and product claims expert.
  • Led a competitive product analysis that represented over 90% of the charcoal market for product performance benchmarking, competitive intelligence, and claims substantiation.
  • Developed new test methods to more accurately measure consumer-perceivable product performance.

Clorox Capability Development, to
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  • Technical Mentor - Mentored new college hires and interns to accelerate time to new hire effectiveness. Nominated for “Best Technical Mentor” award in 2011 R&D leadership program.
  • College Recruiting – Built strategy for campus recruiting at Purdue University by focusing on strategic student organization partnerships and a targeted marketing program. Interviewed & hired intern and full time candidates.
  • Innovent Competition – Semi-finalist in employee new product business case competition. Awarded “Influential Innovator” title.
  • R&D Employee Engagement Team – Translated employee engagement survey results into recommended action items to improve R&D employee engagement. Recommendation led to company-wide changes to people manager performance metrics.

Bachelor of Science: Chemical Engineering, Expected in
Purdue University - West Lafayette, IN
Leadership in the Community
  • BUILD Mentor (2012 – present) – Mentor high school students using entrepreneurship to excite and propel disengaged, low-income students through high school to college success.
  • Surfrider Foundation (2008 – 2010) – Member
  • ACS Relay for Life (2006 – 2007) – Executive committee member leading organization and execution of SF Relay for Life events.

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Job Titles Held:
  • Project Manager - New Product Development
  • Technical Project Manager & Process Development Engineer, Cleaning Products Division
  • Product Development Engineer, Food Products Division
  • Product & Process Development Engineer, Kingsford Division
  • Clorox Capability Development
  • Bachelor of Science