Would you like to develop products for the most innovative cleaning brand on the market right now? This brand is one of the most exciting starts up to hit the UK and is on a mission to clean up the cleaning aisle. With sustainability at its heart and a planet first approach, this plant based cleaning products brand is seeking an NPD Manager to supercharge their product innovation pipeline and grow category and increase brand share.
About The Role:
·Must be comfortable working with a chemist (chemical formulations) on new cleaning products in the ecodrop format. Ideally would have knowledge of cleaning particularly ‘plant based formulations’ and plastic alternatives.
·Sourcing and recommending complimentary product (cleaning cloths, sponges, etc) and recommending new innovations in the sustainable/plastic free cleaning category.
·Some technical knowledge on industry regulations to help advise on marketing and validating pack claims and coordinate packaging design
·Sourcing globally to find the latest innovations in cleaning, and working efficiently to achieve first to market status.
·Building relationships with and Managing factories and suppliers.
·Supplier and commercial negotiations.
·Build and manage relationships with new and existing suppliers to develop products in line with technical, commercial and consumer needs.
·Challenge supplier capabilities to deliver true innovation.
·Sourcing packaging for all channels as well as triggers and bottles and any other ad hoc requirements.
·Attend industry trade shows both domestically and internationally where required and review consumer insights to identify market trends/consumer needs/innovation – feedback observations to the team and build innovation pipeline.
·Efficient end-to-end project management to launch profitable new products for the UK.
·Work closely with the UK sales team to understand commercial needs and establish product pack formats and price points.
·Calculate and validate product pricing in line with company margin aspirations
·Must be environmentally and sustainability focussed – passion for saving the ocean is a bonus!!
·Able to forecast and manage MOQ’s
Key Technical Skills/Knowledge/Professional Qualifications Required:
·Must have Proven track record of successful NPD launches
·Educated to degree (or equivalent) level in marketing, business, project management or chemistry
·5 years’ experience including managing key stakeholders and adhering to tight deadlines
·Knowledge of the cleaning products industry and a clear understanding of the product development process from concept through to launch
·Working knowledge of technical aspects of chemical formulations, particularly plant based/innovation
·Exceptional commercial acumen – awareness of retailer and company margin aspirations
Key Personal Skills Required:
·Exceptional organisational skills and the ability to prioritise and manage own workload – must be flexible and able to re-prioritise accordingly
·Enthusiastic and dynamic yet collaborative team player with a high degree of integrity and personal responsibility
·Excellent at communication – able to influence and negotiate across all levels internally and externally
·Problem solving (not creating)
·Proven experience of and ability to perform as part of a small entrepreneurial setup
·Ready to roll their sleeves up and get stuck in and make things happen
Nova Search and Selection are operating as an employment agency for this role.