Avery Dennison R&D Project Leader in Mentor, Ohio

Company Description

Avery Dennison (NYSE: AVY) is a global leader in pressure-sensitive and functional materials and labeling solutions for the retail apparel market. The company’s applications and technologies are an integral part of products used in every major industry. With operations in more than 50 countries and more than 25,000 employees worldwide, Avery Dennison serves customers in the consumer packaging, graphical display, logistics, apparel, industrial and healthcare industries. Headquartered in Glendale, California, the company reported sales of $6.1 billion in 2016. Learn more at www.averydennison.com.

Job Description

The R&D Project Leader will work across the Label and Graphics Materials Group businesses and functional teams (Marketing, Commercial, R&D, Procurement, Finance, and Operations) to support the R&D Specialty and Durables Product Development team to deliver the Innovation objectives in order to enable growth. The R&D Project Leader will drive successful execution of Product Development projects that will deliver a net benefit to the business.


  • Responsible for all aspects of the execution of assigned projects including developing detailed work plans, schedules, project estimates, resource plans, budget and status reports

  • Lead the rapid and flawless execution of high-profile cross-functional projects

  • Conduct project meetings to ensure cross-functional teams meet or exceed anticipated project benefits on-time, within budget, and with the desired level of quality

  • Identify and resolve issues proactively and balancing schedule, scope, and cost constraints creatively

  • Manage interpersonal dynamics within project teams to build consensus, negotiate changes to project plans, and hold team members accountable for delivery on commitments

  • Work effectively with internal and external clients, third party vendors, and senior management in accomplishing project objectives

  • Work with management teams to translate strategic objectives into executable projects, and to develop plans for achieving stated objectives. Provide executives with project risk assessments and summary level project status reports.

  • Build institutional knowledge by systematically capturing, documenting, and disseminating lessons learned from prior projects and initiatives

  • Integrate “best practice” tools, techniques, and frameworks from recognized industry leaders and Avery Dennison Corporate into a unified project management methodology that is custom-tailored to business needs

  • Transfer capability by: serving as role models on the projects they lead, delivering focused training as necessary, and mentoring other project leaders

  • Help infuse process discipline, systems thinking, and critical tools deep into the organization thereby enhancing company’s capacity for effective and efficient project management. Identify and share new approaches to reduce project implementation timeline and cost of project development.


  • Bachelor’s degree, preferably in Business or Scientific Discipline

  • Project Management Professional (PMP) certification is preferred

  • 1 - 3 years project management experience.

  • Good facilitation, relationship building, communication and problem solving skills

  • Good project management skills with knowledge of Excel or Project Management tracking software (e.g., Microsoft Project)

  • Detail oriented; strong analytical and organizational skills

  • Comfort and confidence in interacting with / presenting to all levels in an organization

  • Good business acumen

  • Ability to influence effectively without authority

  • Propensity for identifying issues proactively, making decisions with incomplete information, and driving action

Additional Information

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All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, protected veteran status or other protected status. EEOE/M/F/Vet/Disabled