Innovation & Product Development Manager

Location: UK Wide
Job type: Full Time
Closing Date: Sunday, 6 November 2016

We've got a fantastic opportunity for an Innovation & Product Development Manager to lead the innovation and product development agenda across our entire manufacturing division, including Meat, Chilled, Fish, Bakery and Produce.

This is a field based role, reporting to the Head of Central Operations and Development; your key objectives will be to build and lead an inspiring and engaging innovation agenda that takes our customer focused product development to the next level. You will also be leading the existing product development agenda by ensuring that the 1,000's of lines we currently produce in our manufacturing business constantly delight our customers.

You will do this by delivering an exciting and commercially viable product development plan that is designed using all available customer insights, market trends and manufacturing capabilities. You will deliver your plan through a team of dedicated Site Product Development Managers, Developers and Technologists. You will work closely with all key stakeholders, particularly within central trading, to maximise our vertically integrated supply chain.

Here at Morrisons our Innovation & Product Development Manager does the following;

  • Ensure all development briefs are channeled and governed through the manufacturing stage/gate process
  • Lead, train and motivate your team and increase their skill set to drive performance and succession planning
  • Champion the growth of manufacturing by facilitating the movement products from 3rd parties, in house.
  • Through the Product Development Managers, support the site Technical teams to fulfill legislative standards and relevant accreditation.
  • Work with the marketing and insight teams to keep up to date on emerging food / market trends and competitor activity translating into relevant NPD
  • Collaborate with packaging, procurement, trading and central development to successfully launch products within the agreed intervention windows

What skills and qualifications do I need to be a successful Group Product Development Manager?

  • Relevant food technology degree or equivalent
  • Previous leadership experience gained in a fast paced food manufacturing environment in a product development capacity
  • Ability to actively lead and inspire a cross functional team and allocate resources according to business priorities
  • The ability to engage and influence as part of a cross functional leadership team
  • A good understanding of food manufacturing processes, equipment and categories
  • Deep commercial, customer and category awareness built up by working in relevant FMCG environment
  • The ability to develop strategy that translates in to overall operational business plans
  • The ability to make challenging decisions to ensure maximum customer satisfaction
  • The passion to develop exciting products for our customers

If you're interested in taking on a new challenge and have the skills to strengthen our team further, then we want to hear from you.

Our aim to offer more of what matters extends to our employees too. Join us and you can expect to enjoy great career prospects and a very competitive pay and benefits package. In addition to an attractive salary, benefits package and car, we offer a discount card for you plus two more for friends or family members giving you 10% off your shopping in Morrisons. We also offer company share options, a highly competitive pension scheme, Life Assurance and more besides.

We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all sections of the community.

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