Assistant Innovation Manager at a well-known food business. 50/50 office vs home
Partner with the Innovation Controller to support the development of the pipeline strategy
Support internal ideas generation with cross functional teams to create winning concepts
Ownership of NPD projects from concept to launch; seeking out the optimised solution of product, pack and execution as working closely and effectively with a cross-functional team
Ensure the successful pipeline delivery through the business gate cycle and commercial targets
Do you offer......?
1-2+ years successful experience within a leading FMCG or other brand-led organisation.
A mix of innovation experiences including innovation development and project ownership.
Strong analytical skills and problem-solving skills.
A track record of working cross-functionally and leading projects to successful results in market.
A track record of getting the best out of others with a collaborative and inclusive style.
Self-motivated individual with a positive mind-set.
A hunger for winning and personal development.
What you'll be doing.....
Stay on top of key consumer trends and competitor activity
Contribute your ideas to the long-term pipeline. Helping to create a funnel of qualified activities, winning concepts and strong rationale.
Play a key role in the development of the pipeline through the exploration of consumer insight and market trends.
Take accountability for the successful launch of NPD projects, working to deliver on time and in full against the business targets:
Drive the projects through the gate stage process
Influence timeline targets
Lead project meetings
Product: brief and review of recipes with R&D; support validation with Insight & Sensory teams
Design: brief origination through to repro sign-off
Budget: Process POs
Supporting external sell-ins: inputting into selling stories; organising samples
Supporting internal communication of projects: support/build content for Sales Conference
Support the Innovation Controller to drive a strong business case for the strategy within our cycles i.e. strategy reviews and annual sales conference.
What we offer you in return...
25 days holiday, with the option to purchase more
Up to 7.5% pension
Wide range of online and in-house training
Employee discount scheme, with access to hundreds of nationwide retailers