Marketing Innovation Manager - FMCG

Job Title: Marketing Innovation Manager - FMCG
Job Reference: TL/HQ0005658A5

Location: West London
Job Type: Permanent

£55000 - £61000 per annum, Benefits: + Great Blue Chip Benefits + Bonus
Sector: Marketing

Posted 5 days ago

Marketing Innovation Manager, Up to £61,000 + Bonus + Strong Blue Chip Benefits, West London Based, Well known FMCG Company.

Overview of the Marketing Innovation Manager:

This well known and highly regarded FMCG company employs 5,000 people across 13 locations in the UK & Ireland. The Marketing Innovation Managers sits within the Innovation Team and will report the the Senior Innovation Manager.  The Innovation team is a newly formed one that will play a major part in the overview Marketing Team.  Although this business has already seen great success over the years, the Marketing Innovation Manager position has been created to drive the business to the very next level so its an exciting time to join them.

Duties of the Marketing Innovation Manager:

  • As the Marketing Innovation Manager you will report to a Senior Innovation Manager. Your focus will be at the front-end of the Innovation process on the ideation and invention of new snacking ideas.
  • You will focus on ideation and filling the funnel full of winning concepts across your specific Sweet/Savoury brands in the company UK portfolio. Starting with opportunity scoping and idea generation, screening through to a fully developed concept development – passing over to the Commercialisation Team after Phase 2. In creating ideas, concepts and platforms for growth you will lead and inspire cross-functional teams, with strong levels of collaboration, strategic thinking and creativity.
What will you be accountable for?
  • Accountable for the Front-End Innovation part of the stage and gate process, across specific Sweet/Savoury brands. This includes leading the ‘Opportunity’ phase to achieve Phase 1 approval. Then the ‘Scoping’ phase to achieve phase 2 approval. Delivering to the action standards expected for each phase and a range of ideas spanning, Break Through, Reframe, Refresh.
  • In the Opportunity phase you will be responsible for translating foundational consumer insight into winning ideas, through the process of ideation. This will include running ideation workshops across specific brands and creating winning ideas that pass the screening process to pass phase 1.
  • In the Scoping phase you will be responsible for creating winning concepts; this will include developing the concept through consumer and product testing, packaging and naming development. Plus creating a strong, business proposition and cross-functional feasibility assessment, defining the resource needed to execute the concept.
  • Own and create brand specific innovation pipelines and platforms that fully maximise the existing equity and stretches the brand in line with the specific brand strategy
  • Develop brand specific Flavour strategies to deliver incremental growth year-on-year, that stretch across both range Line Extensions and Themed Flavour Platforms
  • Responsible for inspiring and capturing employees’ ideas, as part of the Idea Inspiration Programme, on an ongoing basis throughout the year with regular screening to fill the funnel - across specific Sweet/Savoury brands
  • Creation of a well-balanced pipeline that delivers growth in line with targets by brand for (a) Break Through, Reframe & Refresh and (b) Close-in and further out delivery time horizons
Whats in your DNA?
  • Creativity to run inspiring idea generation workshops with the ability to harness the output into winning concepts
  • Strong strategic thinker – to take our brands beyond products to engaging consumer experiences and growth platforms
  • Strong FMCG innovation and ideation experience. A background of having worked in front end innovation role(s), with a proven track record of creating ideas grounded in brand equity and consumer insight
  • Excellent leadership capability - can collaborate well to get the best from people and lead with conviction and the respect of the team and stakeholders
  • Strong commercial experience
  • Strong track record of creating winning concepts that have delivered in market
  • Winning mindset fuelled by curiosity, pace, agility and desire for growth
  • Strong relationship building and alignment skills.
  • Resilience combined with emotional intelligence to build collaborative powerful relationships
  • Deep front-end Innovation experience
  • Food/Snacking ideation experience
  • Experience of working in a very fast-moving challenging environment to deliver successfully
Trevor  Lee


Trevor Lee

Managing Director

In 2006 I decided to form Jenrick Commercial and now nearly 15 years later the business has thankfully gone from strength to strength. Having now been in the mad world of recruitment for nearly 25 years, I've seen a massive amount of change in that time (in my early days we used to fax CV's off to a client and if you were looking for work you use to photocopy your CV and even hand-deliver it into the agency, there was no internet in the early days!!) 

The foundation of our success has always been to build the greatest relationships with both our clients and candidates, we are always super honest and try to leave the greatest impression with everyone you connect with. 

My father taught me that life is very much what you put in, put a little in and you get a little out, put a lot in, and of course, you get a lot out. This is a rule I firmly believe in and has served me well over the years. 

What can I tell you about me? Well, I have been married for nearly 25 years (my wife is extremely lucky or completely mad) and we have a beautiful son Toron who is 15 now. I also cannot function properly without a triple shot skinny wet latte first thing in the morning. If you ever catch me before this time then I apologise in advance! I go to the gym every day and I've probably been on a diet since I was born so I am very body and image-conscious. 

I am also a glass half full type so love listening to Tony Robbins motivational podcasts to give me that extra kick. I support West Ham United so I definitely need something positive as I don't get it from the team I support. I also love the good old US of A (California). I think my music taste is great (it's very eclectic) however the team in the office are always moaning about my playlists (it's them that have no taste).

Why recruitment? Well, I love people, I genuinely love to understand how people tick, and after 25 years I know I'm damn good at what we do. In this job, every day is different and I'm humbled and grateful that I have met some amazing people over the 20+ years, plus it's always lovely to change peoples lives for the better so to play a part in their journey of life is something I am truly grateful for. 

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