Group Innovation Director

Location
South UK
Salary
£135,000 + Bonus + Quality Car + Holiday + Pension Scheme
Posted
09 Oct 2018
Closes
09 Nov 2018
Ref
GIDHK
Job Function
Management, NPD
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time

My client is a leading player in the packaging market, with a well-established reputation. Due to their continued growth they are now recruiting a Group Innovation Director. The business supply on a global basis into a blue-chip customer base in food, beverage and personal care sectors. The business provide class leading service and support and are passionate about innovation and new market trends.

The Role:

  • Management of NPD team on a global basis, co-ordinating the team and taking responsibility on larger projects from concept through to launch, ensuring the internal critical path is adhered to and achieved.
  • Continually analyse and respond to business needs and plan the achievement of all short and long term business objectives.
  • To have a clear understanding of the markets they trade in and the competitors in that sector.
  • Implementation of NPD Packaging strategies through project management and cross-functional collaboration. Lead cross functional teams in assessment of new packaging concepts, engaging Retail/Marketing, Sales, Technical and Operations.
  • To stay abreast of global packaging and design trends through research and trade shows
  • Maintain awareness of market, consumer trends and competitor activity to identify business opportunities
  • To inform the business on trends in pack innovation and technology in the market and with suppliers and use input to shape strategy and projects
  • To monitor competition and customer activities and be knowledgeable on activities within the Group (across divisions)
  • To develop, optimise and embed tools and approaches that are required for breakthrough packaging innovation and be a strong advocate of their implementation.
  • To develop packaging solutions from initial concept that meet defined consumer & customer benefits.
  • Support and deliver the creation of new packaging briefs in line with new product development.
  • To lead packaging in key customer presentations illustrating a sound understanding of packaging innovation, structures and design
  • Manage and present future trends in packaging to customers/Retailers as part of innovation days.

The Requirements:

  • At least 7 years’ experience in leading an NPD team on a global basis within a fast-paced manufacturing environment, with additional experience in project management.
  • Creative with a passion for design and technical packaging capability
  • Good understanding of common packaging materials & different packing systems
  • Project Management
  • Capable of juggling lots of competing priorities effectively (a good time and priorities manager)
  • Ambitious outlook with a can do attitude – a self-starter who does not need close supervision
  • Excellent communicator
  • Enthusiastic Team Player
  • Attention to Detail
  • Innovative and challenging mind-set

To register your interest for this vacancy, please send an up to date CV to h.kennedy@monocleinternational.com

or call for an informal discussion on 0113 320 2430

 

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