This entrepreneurial and exciting brand is expanding at a rate of knots in their existing categories whilst simultaneously exploring new opportunities. Determined to maintain their brand positioning through trend spotting and innovation they are constantly striving to improve the market and bring fresh, inspiring ideas to the public. As part of their growth strategy they are looking for an ambitious new Innovations Manager to expand the team’s horizons and bring divinely delicious creations to the table.
Reporting to the Product Director you’ll become the catalyst for the creation of new concepts & projects. Combining your creativity and category insights knowledge you’ll take responsibility for the long term innovation pipeline to ensure they are in line with the brand and business strategy. You’ll bring your enthusiasm to the table, seeking out the latest ingredients and flavour combinations whilst sourcing and identifying new supplier partnerships. Working closely with the Product Managers you’ll lead innovation sessions, manage food safaris’ and attend industry events.
You’ll keep abreast of the latest food and consumer trends, identifying opportunities to develop new business channels for long term category growth by critically evaluating potential gaps in the market. This will include undertaking research, trend and market insight analysis, benchmarking and brain storming to give the business a creative edge over their competitors. Working closely with internal teams you’ll also inspire and influence food values across the business, whilst developing exciting, market leading products that are inventive, in line with brand values and incorporate provenance and seasonality.
We are looking for a passionate Innovations Manager or Senior Product Developer with a notable track record of success within a similar role. You’ll be compelling and persuasive with the ability to deliver effective presentations and will have a natural flair for influencing key stakeholders. You must be an adventurous and engaging foodie with experience gained within a complex or chilled product and the ability to spot the next new trend and translate that into a commercially viable product. Excellent communication, organisation and prioritisation skills are essential as you’ll be handling multiple projects and liaising with colleagues and customers at all business levels. Additionally, you’ll need to be proactive, able to use your own initiative and think outside the box to consistently reach and exceed high standards.
Are you confident, happy to get your hands dirty and love to get in the kitchen? If you’re ready for an innovations challenge where you can help this growing business reach new realms of success then we’d like to hear from you. Apply now or call us on 0345 2600 737 to find out more.
Please note that we are only able to accept and respond to applications from candidates with eligibility to work in the UK and those who hold valid work visas.