Senior Innovation Manager

Senior Innovation Manager

A privately-owned business with a dynamic growth agenda.  They own a range of their own brand as well as strong partnerships with other businesses.

They are a consumer and customer focused partnership business working to deliver excellent service as standard. Truly values led, seeking to learn every day to make the business better tomorrow. They are an ambitious and driven team who love working with people and businesses that share their passion for excellence and innovation.
Innovation is a key focus for the business and forms the backbone of company growth for the coming years with an ambitious and challenging innovation agenda. They are looking for an exceptional Senior Innovation Manager to join the team who will be responsible for managing the end to end process of Innovation & Renovation projects from project ideation through to launch.
About the role:
Reporting to the Head of Marketing & Innovation, you will champion the exciting brands within the portfolio and transform compelling insights into winning innovation with an entrepreneurial flair.

- This role is pivotal in the development and delivery of a 5-year pipeline across the UK and International markets.
- Solid business acumen and project management excellence is required to deliver their vision.
- A creative problem solver, nothing will stand in your way when delivering exciting innovation that will win the hearts and minds of consumers.
- Concept development and project mangaement
- Lead, manage and inspire cross functional project teams to deliver successful NPD on time and to budget through the Stage & Gate process.
- Develop packaging solutions, retailer sell in proposals, support Marketing with strong launch plans
- Commercial Analysis - P&L ownership - clear Commercial recommendations
- KPI setting for project teams and working closely with Sales on forecasting

About you:
  • Line Management experience is essential
  • Proven track record in the world of FMCG with the ability to demonstrate examples of successfully bringing new products and brand extensions to market through end to end delivery.
  • A strong team player who gets their energy from excelling in project management coupled with creativity
  • Resilience together with emotional intelligence to build, develop and maintain collaborative and powerful cross functional relationships 
  • A strategic, creative mind-set determined to find ever better ways of bringing new products to market
  • Insatiable curiosity for understanding consumers and shoppers and the world they exist in
  • Confidence in challenging existing thinking and beliefs about innovation, consumers, shoppers and brands