• Sr Manager Product Innovation

    Job Locations US-WI-MIDDLETON
    Requisition ID
    2018-4558
    # of Positions
    1
  • Description

    Job Purpose

    Develop and execute on a data-driven roadmap of opportunities for multi-tiered technology and product features, that drive incremental and profitable growth, prioritizing Graber growth and brand strength, ensuring a constant sustainable flow of new products for each brand.

     

    Job Duties

     

    -Develop and maintain a 3 to 5-year product innovation roadmap, supported by a data-driven business case including consumer proposition, financial implications, KPIs, and total roadmap value.

    -Develop opportunities for multi-tiered technology and product features, that drive incremental and profitable growth, prioritizing Graber growth and brand strength, ensuring a constant sustainable flow of new products for each brand.

    -Lead concept development, product design, optimization and refinement, ensuring consumer needs are met in the early stages of the product development process.  Defines and manages the process for this, emphasizing speed to market acceleration.

    -Determine and manage innovation research strategy, establishing core relationships with market research providers to deliver on the innovation roadmap. Coordinate consumer research, testing, and analysis through these partners.

    -Determine and manage external product development strategy, establishing relationships with core agency partners to deliver on the innovation roadmap.

    -Coordinate competitive analysis to help identify strengths, weaknesses and opportunities.

    -Provide guidance to determine the right resources and structure to support the new product pipeline. Coordinate a smooth product transition to Engineering or Manufacturing, ensuring communication with all stake holders is maintained and effective.

    -Champions projects and presents strategy and briefs in key cross-functional meetings to senior management.

    -Partner with Procurement Leadership to reinforce and support the Global Supplier Strategy throughout the product development process.

     

    Requirements

    Education and Experience

    Minimum Education Required: Bachelor's Degree in Business or Engineering from an accredited four year university

    Preferred Education Required: Master's Degree or equivalent

    Minimum Experience Required: 7-10 years of previous related work experience

     

    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

    - Previous work experience should involve New Product Development.

    - Experience navigating an NPD stage gate process.  

    - Experience in the creation of a business case for new project proposals.

    - Good communication skills

    - MS Office (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, etc.)

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