Mondelēz International • United Kingdom

Global Product Owner, R&D Portfolio Management

Employment type:  Full time

2 days/week at home

A little flex time

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Job Description

Job Description

Are You Ready to Make It Happen at Mondelēz International?

Join our Mission to Lead the Future of Snacking. Make It Uniquely Yours.

You provide software and applications expertise, and be responsible for implementation of the solutions.

How you will contribute

Working in a cross-functional environment, you will collaborate with global and regional teams to serve as a bridge between R&D portfolio strategy and development. The Product Owner assumes responsibility for governing and implementing digital initiatives, translating business needs into functional, technical, and data requirements. You will define the R&D portfolio management digital and technical roadmap that establishes a robust, scalable, and supported infrastructure and solutions, contributing to the strategic alignment and efficient execution of portfolio management strategy.

To succeed in this role, you must possess a solid understanding of R&D portfolio management, optimization, and road mapping principles, along with hands-on experience in developing and implementing solutions and effectively interacting with senior management. Through this comprehensive approach, the Product Owner aims to enhance the overall effectiveness and impact of the R&D Portfolio Management solution, ensuring it aligns seamlessly with business objectives and provides a valuable and user-friendly experience.

What you will bring

A desire to drive your future and accelerate your career. You will bring experience and knowledge in:

· Technical, infrastructure, and data skills and business acumen to support the development of portfolio management, technology and capability changes.

· IT solution, integration, AI and data architecture

· Knowledge of systems and business processes

· Influencing others based on earned respect and experience.

· Negotiating with others for action or buy-in to maximize win-win outcomes.

· Analytical and problem-solving abilities

· Working in a CPG or retail environment

· Managing multi-country stakeholders

· High Level understanding of R&D pipeline and portfolio management

· Knowledge of Portfolio Management processes and tools

More about this role

What you need to know about this position:

The Global Product Owner, Portfolio Management is a member of the Mondelez Digital Services (MDS) Digital R&D team. The resource will be expected to

  • Demonstrate a deep understanding Idea to Market (I2M) and a good understanding of Integrated Business Planning (IBP) areas, comprehensively grasp business needs, and identify challenges within Portfolio Management. Translate business requirements into a backlog of functionalities for design and development.
  • Proactively comprehend, prioritize, and execute the roadmap for Global Total Portfolio Management and Reporting (GCP, PBI, Tableau) capabilities. Take charge of the Integrated to Market (I2M) & Portfolio Management governance, ensuring high-quality data across Portfolio Management tools (Accolade). Uphold harmonized data taxonomy and ensure high data integrity
  • Assume responsibility for the governance and prioritization of development and solution changes.
  • Lead a team of developers, implement best Agile and DevOps practices, and drive the evolution to DevOps, incorporating automated testing, clear user story definitions, and continuous improvement of sprint velocity.
  • Manage the overall resourcing strategy and oversee all solution changes.
  • Supervise certain outsourced applications (SaaS) and vendors. Collaborate with cross-functional business partners to maintain a harmonized approach (Total Cost of Ownership, Security, Integration, Architecture) for delivering products.
  • Collaborate closely with business stakeholders to identify issues impacting end-users. Drive necessary systemic fixes to mitigate future risks.
  • Supporting collaboration with global and regional teams to optimize and integrate data and applications across Mondelez R&D Technical Centers, translating business needs into functional, technical, and data requirements.
  • Support various R&D Technical Centers strategic initiatives and incorporate related data where needed into R&D models and solutions.

What extra ingredients you will bring:

  • Demonstrates strong Agile, Scrum, and project management skills to oversee the product backlog, ensure quality user stories are written, and ensure that products are fit for purpose to drive business needs.
  • Possesses an excellent working knowledge of portfolio management, resourcing and workflow systems, data, and business processes.
  • Shows a solid understanding of digital solutions and data analysis supporting Portfolio Management (i.e., portfolio, financials, resourcing) strategies, data, and integration.
  • Has the ability to work across globally distributed, cross-functional teams to understand new business requirements/gaps and design new solutions.
  • Translates business needs into functional and technical requirements. Partners with Enterprise Architecture to define and approve the solutions required to achieve business outcomes, including how to measure success.
  • Technical, infrastructure, and data skills and business acumen to support the development of technology and capability changes.
  • Ensures system integrity, security, and design are upheld and changes are verified.
  • Manages initiatives with third-party external partners/vendors to build, test, and deploy technical/application solutions.
  • Demonstrates the ability to succinctly write functional specifications for integration, data access, analytics, or solution implementation.
  • Collaborates with the business, relevant partners (internal, external), and stakeholders to ensure project and operational performance is met.
  • Promotes new and better ways of delivering solutions, specifically building DevOps capability in

Education / Certifications:

· Degree in Data Management, IT, Computer Science or equivalent

· Proven professional experience, preferably in Data Management / Data transformation, ideally in the consumer goods industry

· Proven experience in Agile

· DAMA certifications or equivalent data certification is a plus!

Job specific requirements:

· Proven experience of portfolio management and reporting, including a track record of success.

· Demonstrated experience in collaborating with business functions on transformation initiatives.

· Established experience in managing products effectively.

· Solid technology knowledge, particularly in the relevant technologies of choice.

· SCRUM and practical Agile experience to facilitate efficient project management.

· Understanding of DevOps practices and the ability to implement them within product teams.

· Excellent communication skills.

· Proven technical experience working in GCP, PBI, Tableau, or similar Innovation Portfolio systems.

Travel requirements: Limited (up to 10%) - adhoc travel aligned to project needs, typically office based, with travel to London, Reading and other offices

Work schedule:

Full-time, flexible - resource will be supporting global initiatives across the business.

Within Country Relocation support available and for candidates voluntarily moving internationally some minimal support is offered through our Volunteer International Transfer Policy

Business Unit Summary

At Mondelēz International, our purpose is to empower people to snack right by offering the right snack, for the right moment, made the right way. That means delivering a broad range of delicious, high-quality snacks that nourish life's moments, made with sustainable ingredients and packaging that consumers can feel good about.

We have a rich portfolio of strong brands globally and locally including many household names such as Oreo, belVita and LU biscuits; Cadbury Dairy Milk, Milka and Toblerone chocolate; Sour Patch Kids candy and Trident gum. We are proud to hold the top position globally in biscuits, chocolate and candy and the second top position in gum.

Our 80,000 makers and bakers are located in more than 80 countries and we sell our products in over 150 countries around the world. Our people are energized for growth and critical to us living our purpose and values. We are a diverse community that can make things happen—and happen fast.

Mondelēz International is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation or preference, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Job Type


Software & Applications

Technology & Digital

Company benefits

Open to part-time employees
Open to job sharing
Open to compressed hours
Health insurance
Mental health platform access
Enhanced maternity leave
Enhanced paternity leave
Adoption leave
Shared parental leave
Tax-free childcare
Cycle to work scheme
On-site gym
Faith rooms
Pension match/increase
Salary sacrifice
Life assurance
Annual pay rises
Matched pension contribution
Annual bonus
Company car
Skilled worker visas
Volunteer days
Charity donation scheme
Lunch and learns
Employees are very happy with their working location freedom
Employees are very happy with the flexibility in the hours they work
Employees are largely happy with the benefits their company offers
Work-life balance
Employees feel that they can find the perfect balance of life and work
Role modelling
Employees feel that most people work flexibly
Employees feel they have complete autonomy over getting their work done

Additional employee ratings
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Employees feel that the diversity is good and there are continued efforts to improve it
Employees feel that the culture supports equity and inclusivity well
Employees enjoy the working environment
Employees feel quite excited about the company mission
Employees are very happy with their salaries and feel that it is well above the market average

Working at Mondelēz International

Company employees


Gender diversity (male:female)


Office locations

Uxbridge, Reading, Wokingham, Crediton, Bournville, Minworth, Sheffield, Chirk, Marlbrook

Hiring Countries

United Kingdom

Awards & Achievements

Most flexible companies

Most flexible companies

Flexa100 2024
Consumer Goods

Consumer Goods

Industry awards 2023

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