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Keurig Dr Pepper Manager, Strategic Partnerships & Contracts in Burlington, Massachusetts

Job Overview

The Manager, Business Development is responsible for developing, implementing, and supporting partnership strategies related to new and existing brand partners for beverages and beverage systems within the Keurig Dr Pepper Coffee Business Unit. The position leads technical and business partnership negotiations with internal and external stakeholders from business case development through deal closure. The role requires the ability to manage projects and build relationships with external partner entities while coordinating closely with internal functional stakeholder groups (e.g., Engineering, Procurement, Supply Chain, Product Development, Legal, Partners Management, Finance, Sales, Marketing, International, etc.). Additionally, the position demands a keen ability to listen to the customer, assess and evaluate deal parameters, develop creative solutions, prepare and deliver presentations, manage cross-functional resources, partner with internal sales leadership, and influence key decision makers to deliver win-win partnership deals for KDP.

Example projects include initiating new K-Cup pack brand licensing, contract manufacturing, and private label beverage partnerships (both for At-Home and Away-From-Home channels), expanding existing partnerships, plus select appliance, accessory, and international partnerships. The role also supports the Partners leadership team on complex deals, including technical scenario analysis, financial modeling, and proposal and presentation development. The ideal candidate will have strong business acumen, project management, presentation, strategic thinking, negotiation, and analytical skills, be adept at building relationships, and excel at setting and achieving partnership and sales goals. This role reports to the Director, Business Development.

Supervisory Responsibilities: No

What you will do:

  • Identify and evaluate new co-manufacturing partners, existing partner expansion opportunities, and partner retention strategies

  • Prepare and deliver business proposals and presentations

  • Champion projects across Engineering, Procurement, Supply Chain, Product Development, Legal, Partners Management, Finance, Sales, International and Marketing teams

  • Understand and validate technical feasibility requirements for co-manufacturing partnerships

  • Develop relationships with new partners and expand existing partnerships both in the US and internationally, engaging directly to provide added value and support

  • Negotiate manufacturing deal terms and translate into formal contract agreements (with Sales, Legal, and broader cross-functional teams)

  • Support KDP’s private label strategy including retailer RFP participation and contract development

  • Support overall partner portfolio strategy development

  • Research partnership opportunities within new business segments (technical innovations and brands) for growth/expansion

  • Act as primary strategic partnership point of contact for manufacturing partner relationships

  • Manage and execute ad-hoc strategy projects for senior leadership

  • Analyze market trends and internal and external data to inform strategic initiatives

  • Solicit new business opportunities which align to KDP’s mission, vision and values

  • Organize and maintain contract documents, summaries, deal excerpts, and manage cross-functional meetings

  • Follow all policies, procedures, ergonomic standards and safety requirements directed by KDP and the department

Requirements

What you must have:

  • 3-5 years of experience in CPG or beverage industry marketing or general management, management consulting, finance, sales, and/or corporate development

  • Keen analytical skills and ability to influence/manage technical and business teams

  • Experience with manufacturing contract negotiation and strong negotiation skills preferred; ability to navigate high stakes environments

  • Excellent business insight, entrepreneurial spirit, and desire to grow the business

  • Significant project management experience and ability to handle multiple projects in parallel, including technical projects or those related to manufacturing, supply chain, new product development, etc.

  • Excellent presentation skills, communication skills, and ability to influence

  • Strong attention to detail and organizational skills; Strong command of complex subject matter and dense material such as technical reports and legal contracts

  • Experienced user of MS PowerPoint, MS Word, MS Excel

  • Bachelor’s degree in Business, Engineering or related field with background in project management, marketing, and business

  • MBA, postgraduate business coursework, or formal training in negotiation, sales and business acumen preferred

  • Ability to travel approximately 10-20%

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Company Overview

Keurig Dr Pepper (KDP) is a leading coffee and beverage company in North America with dual headquarters in Burlington, MA and Plano, TX, with annual revenue in excess of $11 billion. KDP holds leadership positions in soft drinks, specialty coffee and tea, water, juice and juice drinks and mixers, and markets the #1 single serve coffee brewing system in the U.S. The Company maintains an unrivaled distribution system that enables its portfolio of more than 125 owned, licensed and partner brands to be available nearly everywhere people shop and consume beverages. With a wide range of hot and cold beverages that meet virtually any consumer need, KDP key brands include Keurig®, Dr Pepper®, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters®, Canada Dry®, Snapple®, Bai®, Mott’s® and The Original Donut Shop®. The Company employs more than 25,000 employees and operates more than 120 offices, manufacturing plants, warehouses and distribution centers across North America.

Benefits built for you: Our people are the heart of our business, which is why we offer robust benefits to support your health and wellness as well as your personal and financial well-being. We also provide employee programs designed to enhance your professional growth and development while ensuring you feel valued, inspired and appreciated at work.

Keurig Dr Pepper Inc. is an equal opportunity employer and affirmatively seeks diversity in its workforce. Keurig Dr Pepper Inc. recruits qualified applicants and advances in employment its employees without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, genetic information, ethnic or national origin, marital status, veteran status, or any other status protected by law. EOE Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Disabled

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