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GNC Manager, Global Product Development in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Company Description

As the global leader in health and wellness innovation since 1935, GNC motivates people to reach their goals with the most trusted and exciting selection of products in the industry.

As #TeamGNC, we work hard to ensure that our consumers come first. We are always cultivating and collaborating on new ideas to bring innovative solutions to the forefront and testing new solutions to translate goals into action. Our team members are advocates for change and innovation.

There is no greater gift than good health and no greater satisfaction than helping others to achieve it. Be a part of helping others to Live Well!

Job Description

Job Summary:

The Manager, Global Product Development is responsible for managing all aspects of GNC Product Development projects, including formulation review, flavor testing and approval, packaging specifications, label and artwork review, quality control documentation review, streamlining and optimizing product development processes, and ensuring timely completion of projects and tasks. They support pre-development processes for raw materials and new product concepts, assist with coordination and logistics for the transportation of finished goods, and facilitate effective communication with internal and external stakeholders.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Manage and supervise all projects and product development activities of GNC branded products from ideation to commercialization and shipment (e.g., solid dose, powders, liquids, chewable, gummies, bars, snacks). Including formulation review, flavor testing and approval, packaging specifications, label and artwork review, quality control documentation review.

  • Support pre-development processes for raw materials and new product concepts, conducting market research, competitor analysis, and feasibility studies.

  • Develop and maintain project schedules, ensuring tasks are assigned, deadlines are met, and project milestones are achieved.

  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams, including Merchandising, Marketing, Regulatory, Quality Control, Packaging, Legal, and Supply Chain, to ensure smooth project execution and timely resolution of issues.

  • Coordinate project meetings, provide regular status updates, and communicate progress to internal and external stakeholders.

  • Assist with vendor and supplier evaluation and selection, continuously updating and maintaining the vendor database to ensure accurate and up-to-date information.

  • Assist with budget management and financial tracking for assigned projects.

  • Provide regular updates on project status to cross functional teams in a concise format to include status, challenges, and issue resolution throughout the lifecycle of the project. Alert teams of any concerns that may jeopardize the committed ship date.

  • Oversee weekly manufacturing calls and internal product development meetings. Create and update presentations to help lead discussions. Prepare and share meeting notes and outline next steps.


  • Mentor and develop direct reports. Provide guidance in management of their specific projects and personal development goals.

  • Analyze workflow and assign projects and tasks to direct reports.

  • Establish leadership role among department peers. Build a collaborative team and recognize pain points to drive improvements throughout the process.

  • Assist in creation and execution of departmental best practices and SOPs.



  • Bachelor's Degree in Business, Supply Chain, or related field; or an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the key accountabilities of the job required

  • Advanced degree (MBA, Master's) preferred; PMP certification preferred.

  • 5+ years experience in product development and project management in consumer health packaged goods products.

  • Previous managerial and supervisory experience.

  • High degree of proficiency MS Office Suite, Outlook & Internet applications; ability to learn new systems.

  • Strong analytical, prioritizing, interpersonal, problem-solving, presentation, budgeting, project management (from conception to completion), & planning skills

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills (including analysis, interpretation, & reasoning)

  • Solid understanding and application of mathematical concepts

  • Ability to taste and screen various products and ingredients for flavor and sensory evaluation with limited restrictions

  • Ability to critically read technical documents/formulations, identify and trouble-shoot challenges, and analyze next steps and timing.

  • Ability to develop and maintain collaborative relationships with peers and colleagues across the organization, as well as, internal and external clients

  • Ability to work well autonomously and within a team in a fast-paced and deadline-oriented environment.

  • Ability to work with and influence peers and senior management

  • Self-motivated with critical attention to detail, deadlines and reporting

Additional Information

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

GNC Holdings LLC is an Equal Opportunity Employer