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Product Innovation Manager – Innovation Hub

Job ID 3450M Location Paddington Category Product Development Salary Competitive + Benefits Hours Closing date November 25th 2020, 11:55 PM

Job Description:

M&S Food is changing, and fast! We are undergoing one of the biggest transformations in retailing today to build a bigger, better, fresher food business. Given the scale of the opportunity within the group, this is an exciting time to join our business and specifically a newly formed team whose mandate is to drive harder our legacy for disruptive innovation and differentiating our offer from the competition by create new and exciting propositions for our customers.

Reporting to the Head of Innovation your role will be to contribute to the swift commercialisation of business development or disruptive innovation opportunities across Foods through the development of strong product and customer propositions. Utilising your knowledge and experience you'll provide analysis of relevant trend analysis and customer behaviour into a product strategy which will help the Innovation Hub team make the right decisions, address key challenges, and identify new ways to grow.

Key accountabilities and measures

  • Identify and lead the product strategy using emerging trends and customer behaviour to create the innovation framework
  • Develop product and customer propositions and action plans based on your interpretation and analysis and incorporate into the business case development
  • Research and identify novel ingredients and entrepreneurial manufacturing partners that would be suitable for to deliver our disruptive innovation strategy
  • Work with the Innovation Chef to commercialise concept development with a suitable manufacturing partner and work within the Product & Packaging Pathway to bring the product concept to launch
  • Engage the Heads of Product in the trading areas to ensure there is a clear differentiation between their Product Development strategy and the Innovation Framework, identifying opportunities for the Innovation Hub to support with cross foods group projects or ad hoc category projects
  • Distil customer insight and trend analysis into clear and compelling written presentations / innovation proposal papers
  • Present findings to a wide range of senior stakeholders and influence decision-making as well as working closely with the multidisciplinary Innovation Hub team
  • Formulate delivery plans for, and mobilise, new business development or innovation opportunities with the wider team
  • Project manage disruptive innovation projects to point of execution or handover to the trading areas including conducting PIR (post implementation review) analysis to justify roll out

Key skills/preferred experience

  • Proven track record of entrepreneurial and agile product development
  • Exceptional trend and customer behaviour analytical skills to create compelling product and customer propositions
  • Advanced culinary skills and problem-solving skills
  • Strong influencer who can work with stakeholders at all levels of the organisation
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Confidence and poise in presenting to management
  • Relentless focus on details, accuracy, and quality
  • Intellectually curious, high energy and resilient
  • Flexible and able to balance multiple projects / priorities
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