Head of Innovation

  • Product Development
  • South East / South West / West Midlands
  • £negotiable
  • W5675
  • If you would like to discuss this job, please contact:
    Dhrutee - 0345 2600 737

The Company

Recognised and highly regarded food & drinks group are bucking the high street trend and are growing their store portfolio. They are an independent business with a passion for freshly prepared food and drinks covering a number of brands. To support their ambitious plans they are looking for a strategic and commercially minded Head of Innovations who can continue to delight their loyal consumers as well as meet the business vision.

The Role

This senior management role will report to the MD and you’ll be instrumental in building and delivering the group innovation strategy to deliver market leading food and beverage products. You will use your NPD expertise to identify and translate food trends into new product ranges, creating new taste sensations that bring a mix of inspired flavours and authenticity across all ranges. Being part of the executive team will mean you can help shape and influence the direction of the business and you will also work closely with Finance and Operations to the drive commercial and purchasing strategy.

You will manage a small team who you can provide inspirational leadership to as well as mentoring them to reach their full potential. In addition, you’ll play a major role in supplier strategy, acting as the brand ambassador to ensure every aspect of the product offering matches brand values, down to the last crumb.

The Person

We are looking for a visionary Head of Innovation Food with a proven track record of delivering NPD strategy from concept to launch across a wide range of food categories. You will have an exceptional understanding of food and consumer trends, be brimming with ideas and have the know how to translate this into stand out products for the brand. There are hands-on elements to this role so you must be happy to roll your sleeves up and get stuck in when needed.

To excel in this role you must have experience of managing all aspects of developing and launching new products, be able to handle complex multiple projects as well as a sound understanding of category management. Your communication and presentation skills will be second to none and of course you will need stand out organisational and influencing abilities. Previous budgetary and team management experience are required too.

If you have experience of bringing products to market that have pushed the boundaries and really driven businesses or a brand forward then this could be the career defining position you’ve been waiting for. Apply now or call Dhrutee on 0345 2600 737 to find out more

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