Head of Innovation

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Head of Innovation

  • Location:

    Greater London

  • Sector:

    Consumer Goods

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  • Salary:

    £75000 - £80000

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  • Published:

    4 months ago

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Alexander Steele has partnered with a leading global FMCG Consumer goods business that is urgently looking for a Head of Innovation to ensure that the business has a pipeline of winning new products to drive annual business performance. Working across their portfolio of personal care brands, you will be accountable for generating and identifying powerful consumer insights and new product concepts. Key responsibilities: • Lead the local and global innovation, long-term planning, and delivery of innovation for the personal care portfolio. • Identify, assess, and champion new product growth opportunities which will include developing a compelling innovation strategy and pipeline, as well as conducting category/competitive analysis to validate the size of opportunities. • Perform consumer validation of innovation ideas; R&D validation of the technical pathways; operations validation of the manufacturing strategy and financial validation of Gross Margin • Lead new product initiatives in collaboration with cross-functional teams • Work closely with Marketing to create the innovation strategy that will address the key commercial opportunities for the brands, and maintain the innovation funnel for the next 3+ years • Prepare and present project progress at Gate Meetings to gain approval to continue development and eventually to launch • Provide strong leadership throughout the development and Stage Gate process to move from ideas to concepts to final product Candidate requirements: • Tertiary qualification in Marketing, Commerce or equivalent • At least 8 year’s Innovation/NPD experience working within a multinational FMCG business. • Proven track record in delivering strategic NPD with end-to-end responsibility for driving innovations from concept to launch across multiple Strong leadership experience and the ability to manage and engage with stakeholders at all levels including global Marketing, Regulatory, R&D, Supply and Quality • Expert in the identification and use of consumer insights to create winning NPD strategies Salary will be circa £80 000 + Benefits The role will be based at their offices in London, with hybrid remote working option on a 50/50 basis Suitable applicants can call me on 07745 831 174, or alternatively email their CV to tinashe.muvaki@alexandersteele.com