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Innovation Manager - Senior

Job Title
Innovation Manager - Senior
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Innovation Manager, Senior

Position Summary:

We are looking for an Innovation Manager. The ideal candidate is someone who is passionate, strategic and excited about continually innovating a successful food brand. The Innovation Manager will be the leader of new ideas and manage the product development & commercialization process of new food products. While also continue to revamp and make changes to existing products that position the company for ongoing success. Please apply if you are interested and located in the Tri- state area!

Job Responsibilities:

  • Track consumer trends and feedback to initiate new projects
  • Coordinate with suppliers on formulation changes/optimizations
  • Guarantees that product revisions have timelines and are ready for market re-entry
  • Manage shelf life testing with R&D department
  • Coordinate and manage QA & co-packers with product changes
  • Do necessary label changes. Implement packaging or labeling modifications.
  • Coordinate with Marketing department on regulatory on issues
  • Lead the new certification process
  • Take ownership of the whole innovation/development process from the timeline, process, documentation, budgeting and utilize project management software
  • Must be engaged in the newest health and food trends
  • Determines new flavors and other innovation based on data and analytics
  • Analyze databases such as ACNielsen etc. to examine insights/opportunities
  • Be the leader in identifying mid/long-term innovations that include prioritization, case building, & launch staging
  • Prepare research initiatives in order to meet consumer demands
  • Coordinate closely with Operations team members to determine the manufacturing process
  • Work and lead the RFP process
  • Responsible for regulatory and legal efforts to ensure correct product specifications
  • Coordinate with the Finance Department on financial analysis
  • Be anticipatory and process focused
  • Ensures the innovation/launch/commercialization process goes smoothly


Required Skills/Qualifications (including but not limited to):

  • Bachelor’s Degree required. MBA is preferred ---> must have strong analytical skills
  • 3-5 years of food and brand innovation experience, marketing or product development experience in CPG is needed
  • Has a genuine interest in the food industry and the success of the organization
  • Able to commute to Manhattan daily
  • Able to thrive in a work environment with little hierarchy
  • Strong understanding & proven history/experience with innovation, product development, regulatory, & packaging development
  • Ability to lead multi-dimensional projects
  • Stay up to date on food trends. Research consumer trends and take initiative to meet consumer needs
  • Must have the ability to think analytically about business planning
  • Proficient in Microsoft Project, Smartsheet, etc.
  •  Must have a valid passport; ability to travel internationally
  • Must have a passion for wearing many hats and willing to work cross functionally to get the job done

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