Senior Innovation Product Manager

30 Jul 2019
27 Aug 2019
Candidate Services
Retail and Sales
Contract Type
Senior Innovation Product Manager 

Our Product function is the melting pot of commercial strategy, data and creative. Working across Category, Trading, Creative and Operations, they get under the skin of customer expectation to develop product strategy. Effortlessly combining emotion and creativity with data and insight to continuously improve, innovate and maximise product and profitability. 

Position: Senior Innovation Product Manager 
Location: Bradford, West Yorkshire (commutable from Leeds, Halifax, Huddersfield, Keighley & surrounding areas) 
Job type: Full Time, Permanent 
Salary: £Competitive 

About the role: 

Innovation. Commercialisation. Strategy. 

As our Senior Innovation Product Manager, you will strive to understand the needs of consumers to deliver a pipeline of opportunities that support our key business objectives. Experienced in scoping and de-risking new opportunities fully, prioritising those of most value and creating a compelling business case. Flexibility in approach and planning is vital, as is developing key objectives and formulating new methodologies to aid project delivery, understanding all cost implications of the project, the work-plan and the outcomes. 


Supporting the Head of Innovation in balancing the portfolio to drive business from in UK & Ireland, your main responsibilities will include: 

- Development of insight driven strategies and opportunities to meet financial and strategic objectives. 
- Gathering fresh customer / consumer insights to balance your knowledge of current news and trends affecting the Emotional Connecting Industry.
- Driving new concepts though robust concept development work, Test & Learn Plans and appropriate level of de-risking by partnering with Creative & Consumer Understanding and Insight. 
- Build robust, holistic, custom commercialisation plans for each new opportunity inclusive of product & visual merchandising, distribution strategy and activation strategies. 
- Influencing a broad organization to ensure strategies are implemented as intended. 
- Dynamic interactions with retail customer and external business partners. 
- Cost Engineering, cost price delivery and supply chain management, negotiating the best cost prices, driving down manufacturing costs and / or working with design / NPD to design out cost. Ensuring variable margin targets are delivered for each project, sourcing products to deliver cost price plan. 
- Brand communication develop, develop communications brief, associated 3-year marketing plan and marketing budget management. 
- Lifting concepts from US and building global relationships. 

About you: 

In this newly formed role, you’ll have every opportunity to impact the UK Greeting Cards industry and influence our global strategies. To be successful in this role you will need to demonstrate: 

- Your New Product Development and cost engineering experience, ideally working with Far East vendors, and financial acumen. 
- Your skill with customer / consumer insights and up to date knowledge of current news and trends affecting the Emotional Connecting Industry. 
- Great presentation skills are a must and the ability to articulate a compelling vision, visualizing opportunities with our customers. 
- Brand development and communications experience for FMCG products. 
- Experience of Marketing planning and communication execution. 
- CDP Management, skilled at working with pace and urgency, comfortable managing ambiguity. 
- A keen interest in emerging trends and news a visionary, with wide perspective and thinking, evident in your compelling business cases. 
- Team player comfortable in a matrix managed organization. 

Based at our Dawson Lane site in Bradford, close to key motorway links you’ll be able to take advantage of: 

- Competitive salary. 
- Private Health Care / Health Cashback Scheme. 
- Flexible working opportunities. 
- Free onsite parking. 
- 26 days holiday plus bank holidays. 
- A variety of other cultural and lifestyle benefits, aimed at promoting a positive work / life balance. 

You may have experience of the following: Senior Innovation Product Manager, Product Manager, Senior Product Manager, NPD, New Product Development, Customer Insight, Programme Manager, Project Manager, Project Management, Senior Marketing Executive, Product Development, Marketing Manager, etc. 

Ref: 88124