The Director of Innovation is a highly driven, creative, passionate leader that plays a key role in strategic planning and driving the ideation, advancement, and execution of the business units product and packaging platforms. This position has the responsibility of driving long term growth by leveraging consumer and customer insights to ensure our strategic plan anticipates trends in order to drive the new innovation into the marketplace.
This position will report directly into the General Manager and will work closely with leaders in Marketing, R&D, Operations, Supply Chain and Sales to champion growth initiatives across retail and food service.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities\:
Quickly develop an in-depth understanding of the business and focus on issues ranging from organic growth, go-to-market, customer experience, and operational efficiency Successfully lead the development and execution of the innovation pipeline in support of the strategic plan including identification, ideation, prioritization and management
Lead multiple project teams consisting of Marketing, R&D, Procurement, Supply Chain, Operations, Sales and Finance through the accelerated stage gate process to deliver key new product initiatives, with a blend of disciplined management practices and an entrepreneurial mindset in driving sales and getting ideas commercialized quickly
Develop hypotheses and then deliver deep and actionable strategic and tactical recommendations and plans to drive action across cross-functional teams, agencies and senior management
Collaborate with R&D, Quality, Procurement and External Supply Chain to activate best fit external partners against the business strategies, consumer needs, technical and business objectives
Provide critical support in the tracking and reporting against innovation goals and objectives (Key Performance Indicators) back into the broader organization
Excellent strategic thinking, communication, collaboration, problem solving, teaming and project execution skills
Champion innovation and its best practices across the organization
A bachelors or advanced degree in Marketing, Business Administration or related field (MBA strongly preferred)
7- 10 years of Marketing or Brand Management experience in a leading Foodservice or Consumer Packaged Goods company, with substantial time within that focused on Innovation. Food, Beverage, Frozen category and/or Food Service experience a plus.
Proven track record of successfully leading innovation platform initiatives and project teams, through the innovation process from white space identification and idea generation through to products in market (ideally beyond close-in line extensions)
Solid understanding of food manufacturing, organic and natural foods; strong passion for food and new food products
Strong project management skills
Excellent communication and presentation skills, and strong level of self-awareness
Ability to lead effectively through change, eliminate barriers to change and make decisions quickly without all information
20% + travel required
Work Environment/Physical Demands\:
Approximately 90% of work is performed in an office environment and 10% outside of office in a manufacturing setting.
Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice
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