Senior Innovation Manager

C£60,000 + car allowance, bonus and excellent benefits
10 Dec 2012
10 Jan 2013
Contract Type
Full Time

Senior Innovation Manager

M4/M40 Corridor

C£60,000 + car allowance, bonus and excellent benefits


We are the leader in our category and were family owned until approximately 6 years ago.  Now part of a fast growing group of companies focussed on health and wellness, we deliver natural, healthy and wholesome food.  We have pioneered the food in our category and have witnessed year on year growth.


We are well placed to keep benefiting from the rising consumer trends for healthier, more natural foods and as well as being completely natural, our product is one of the most versatile foods around.  We want to be the leading innovator in our market, through new sources, new recipes and new packaging formats to provide consumers with convenient and varied ways of usage.


With exciting and ambitious plans for growth which include doubling the number of households eating and purchasing our product, we are seeking a dynamic and entrepreneurial Senior Innovation Manager to lead, develop and deliver a winning innovation programme.


Reporting to the Head of Marketing, your key accountabilities will be:

  • Co-ordination of the innovation gate process
  • Challenge & build new ideas, developing fresh platforms for our Brand, identifying white space opportunities
  • Be on top of latest trends, competitor landscape and retailer environment
  • Develop creative capability using internal and external processes to create ideation which will develop new propositions
  • Develop new packaging options, new channel opportunities
  • Lead the development of all innovation projects through the innovation process from idea card to launch activity and post launch analysis
  • Leading cross functional teams to deliver the business plan and commercialise propositions bringing them to market

    Ideally you will have: 

  • Marketing, Innovation and development experience in a Brand led food/drink business 
  • Strong commercial awareness of Top 4 UK Multiple Grocery retailers
  • Strong project management skills, including taking projects and leading them through an end to end process is essential
  • Strong leadership qualities with experience of  leading cross functional teams
  • Experience of concept and new product development
  • Must demonstrate entrepreneurial spirit
  • Clearly demonstrate creativity in thinking and planning
  • Strong written and verbal communication in order to clearly communicate Innovation Plans
  • Ability to influence and lead key stakeholders to achieve Innovation Goals
  • Demonstrate a clear passion for Brands and worked to at least Senior Brand Manager level

    ·         Show drive and determination and an openness to relationship building and managing change 

    Interested candidates should send an up to date CV in Word format and including your current salary details quoting reference 4557/2br