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Assistant Innovation Manager

  • Location: Hertfordshire
  • Salary: Negotiable per year

Posted about 1 year ago

  • Sector: CPG
  • Contact: Sophie Brocklebank-Fowler
  • Contact Email:
  • Expiry Date: 02 April 2023
  • Job Ref: 51915_1677839295

Assistant Innovation Manager at a well-known food business. 50/50 office vs home

You will…

  • 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...

  • Competitive salary

  • Bonus

  • 25 days holiday, with the option to purchase more

  • Up to 7.5% pension

  • Life assurance

  • Wide range of online and in-house training

  • Employee discount scheme, with access to hundreds of nationwide retailers