Product/Project Manager

Oakland, Ca /
Kiva Brands – Marketing /
Full-time
Kiva Confections (www.kivaconfections.com) is the premier cannabis-infused edibles company in California, the largest cannabis market in the world. Kiva's line includes Kiva Chocolate Bars, Terra Bites, Petra Mints, and Camino Gummies. Our products are crafted from premium ingredients and skillfully combined with California cannabis. Since our beginning in 2010, our goal is to create confections that redefine what a cannabis confection ought to be. By applying art and science to ensure a deliciously consistent experience every time, we continue to deliver on that mission today.
 
We have aggressive growth plans as the legal market, and consumer adoption continues to expand. Key growth initiatives include bold platform innovation, best in class marketing, geographic expansion, strategic partnerships, and more. We are resourced for this explosive growth and looking for great people to help take us to the next level.

Job Summary

Kiva is seeking a Product/Project Manager to join our growing team to help lead the execution of our three year product pipeline.
 
Innovation is the lifeblood of Kiva.  Our pipeline is focused on innovating to meet the needs of the new and existing cannabis users, whether it's being one of the first brands to test for potency, being the first in the edibles category to introduce discreet portable packaging, or using unique blends of terpenes to deliver targeted effects.  In order to meet our goals of being the worldwide leader in edibles, we’ll need to accelerate the pace at which we introduce product innovation to the market.

The Product/Project Manager will work closely with most all functions in the organization including marketing, R&D, operations, procurement, sales, legal, and quality to lead the team through the commercialization of our innovation and renovation projects.  Developing a standardized process for launching products, timeline creation and management, and problem solving are critical components of this role.  This role will report directly to the COO.

As a Kiva Product Manager, you'll...

    • Develop a standardized process for which Kiva commercializes innovation and renovation projects
    • Timeline development and management using Asana
    • Create and maintain comprehensive project documentation
    • Lead our weekly innovation / renovation meetings
    • Managing the packaging approval process
    • Working with external partners, including co-manufacturing partners, packaging vendors, and equipment manufacturers
    • Perform risk management to minimize risks 

What you'll need...

    • B.A. or B.S. required 
    • 3+ years of experience in project management, with focus on commercializing manufactured goods
    • CPG and/or cannabis experience preferred, but not required
    • CPM or PMP certification preferred, but not required
    • Working knowledge of Asana and/or similar tool required 
    • Organized, methodical, strong steering, analytical and problem-solving skills
    • Ability to think strategically along with a willingness to get your hands dirty is critical
    • Ability to be flexible and adaptable to changing priorities and environments
    • Ability to use instinct and experience to help teams navigate through project challenges and communication to bring project to completion in a timely, collaborative and effective manner
    • Genuine intellectual curiosity, strong interpersonal skills, and ability to form strong working relationships within a team
    • High capacity for execution, you can get a lot done in a short period of time.
Kiva Confections provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

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