Head of Packaging

Location Hampshire
Discipline: Executive Recruitment, Sales, Marketing & Creative
Job type: Permanent
Salary: £Confidential
Contact name: Louise Howard
Contact email: louise@requireconsultancy.com
Job ref: REF: 7072
Published: 20 days ago
Expiry date: 16 Jul 2022 00:59

​The Head of Product Development will play a pivotal role in leading innovation and agile NPD team, creating an exciting environment where the team can thrive and others want to be part of, or collaborate with.

The Head of Product Development will work in partnership with other areas of the team to ensure the department delivers a continuous pipeline of differentiated, innovative product solutions in the wellbeing experience space. The role requires a strategic approach to innovation management and an ability to deliver creative solutions against an ambitious agenda, by finding new ways and thinking differently.

Excellent influencing and communications skills are a key enablers to this role; as is ensuring the that the department is driven by leading edge thinking, consumer &market insight and trend-led needs.

Key Accountabilities: -NPD Delivery:

  • Deliver key NPD KPIs in line with team objectives

  • Work in partnership with the Packaging Innovation Team and local Marketing teams to devise new and innovative products that continually evolve the brand into a market leader. Delighting consumers and creating value for the organisation along the way.

  • Fuel a pipeline of short, medium and long term innovation opportunities that are guided by consumers’ wants and needs, enabled by technical innovation and adaptation

  • Working directly or through experts, provide technical expertise to support the delivery of a differentiated innovation pipeline

  • Ensure the Product Development Team work agilely and flexibly across different types of innovation project, supporting the philosophy of testing and experimentation.

  • Ensure product ideas are feasible, safe and compliant working in collaboration with other internal functions. Highlight any potential issues during the product development process that could result in a negative impact on product quality; product integrity; product safety and/or brand image

Team Leadership:

  • Build a high performing team, ensuring individuals continue to develop and excel; putting career development, succession, and talent management at the heart of team leadership.

  • Work with the Director of Innovation to build and embed a culture of continuous improvement and innovation. Role modelling our innovation behaviours (see below) and the company values

Thought Leadership:

  • Drive the team to continuously monitor new and emerging trends; sharing these across Team NPD and all interested parties

  • Through others, continuously build the team’s knowledge of latest developments within the drinks and wellness industries

  • Manage and grow the expert panel to ensure it is fit for purpose and future facing

  • Build and maintain a network of external expertise through suppliers and other institutions

  • Dedicate at least 10% of working time to working on look outside activities to stay fresh and up to date

Stakeholder Management:

  • Build and maintain an internal network of positive and productive relationships both within Team NPD and with other depts including Regulatory, Legal and Supply Chain, working collaboratively with them to get the best outcome for the business

  • Engage with all stakeholders to create excitement and 'buzz’ around the work of the Product Development Team, demonstrating how the team are an enabler to Twinings’ future growth that they want to engage with

  • As a leader within the International Marketing and NPD Team, collaborate with peers across the team to strengthen ways of working across all parts of the team

  • Contacts:

Person Specification: Essential

  • Food Science degree (or similar) from a highly regarded food science-focused university

  • Extensive experience working in food or drink new product development in particular leading an NPD project from end to end; experience in pharmaceutical and/or functional food and drink highly beneficial

  • Effective management of sensory teams

  • Demonstrable experience of translating NPD briefs into fantastic tasting products - A track record of success!

  • Extensive experience of working with external suppliers, universities and partners to deliver innovative product solutions

  • Experience of working with different countries and cultures

  • Awareness of supply and commercial environment and considerations

A richly rewarding role that we look forward to exploring with our client and meeting some highly talented individuals to align some well structured interviews. To apply or find out more, please contact Louise Howard our lead consultant