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Position Summary:

Our Innovation team at WellPet is made up of professionals who understand the difference our products make in the lives of pets. We are currently seeking a Director of Innovation to lead our commercial innovation efforts. Reporting to the Vice President of Global Research and Development, this position is based out of our Tewksbury, MA corporate headquarters location and will be responsible for leading a team of innovation marketing professionals.

 

Our Director of Innovation will be responsible for identifying opportunities for the development and commercialization of products and services based on consumer feedback and market demand. This individual will ensure that the identified areas of innovation are sustainable for the business and will provide a framework for the positioning, branding, pricing and marketing of innovation opportunities.

 

Position Description (Responsibilities):

  • Identify, analyze, evaluate, and champion strategies and initiatives that will deliver top and bottom line growth.
  • Develop metrics defined to assess the real world impact of projects and initiatives they champion.
  • Provide thought leadership on structuring complex, ambiguous business problems and bring fact-based, leading-edge thinking and frameworks to translate strategies into specific, results-driving initiatives.
  • Source new ideas through various methods including incubators, explore weeks, workshops and crowdsourcing Identify and test concepts/technologies, quickly validate results, and gain alignment and support from key stakeholders to kick-off project team work on winning concepts.
  • Identify and test concepts/technologies, quickly validate results, and gain alignment and support from key stakeholders to kick-off project team work on winning concepts.
  • Lead projects with cross-functional stakeholders across levels without direct reporting line for successful design and implementation.
  • Manage innovation budget & pipeline; ensure key project milestones are met on time.
  • ·         Responsible for creating Executive Committee-level updates to influence decisions about new projects / initiatives
  • Drive a culture of innovation by exploring trends, attending relevant conferences and openly exploring business opportunities that align with the corporate strategy.
  • ·         Agency Management: Partner with and lead outside agencies to design and develop experiential innovation; ensuring effective budgeting and timelines are delivered
  • Live the WellPet values and culture and doing whatever it takes for the pets who depend on us

 

 

Position Requirements:

This position is ideal for a passionate consumer insights professional with excellent interpersonal, leadership, presentation, and collaborative skills to work effectively with teams throughout organization, i.e. a demonstrated ability to persuade peers and leadership to see the opportunity and provide them a path to balance risk, gaining their endorsement and support.

 

You should also possess:

  • Bachelor's degree in Marketing, Product Development or Business Management, with a preference for an MBA or Masters degree
  • Minimum of 10 years of experience in roles of increasing responsibility within brand marketing, consumer insights or innovation
  • Proven ability to influence and develop innovation as a key part of the culture of an organization
  • Hands on experience planning and deploying consumer research best practices
  • P&L Management experience
  • Well-developed written and oral presentation skills
  • Ability to collaborate and influence cross-functionally while also maintaining a challenger viewpoint in the room
  • Expert analytical skills
  • Demonstrates positive attitude and takes a proactive approach
  • Sees challenges as opportunities and translates them into actionable tasks
  • Displays grace and presence at all times
  • Energized by fast-paced environment
  • Pet industry experience not required

To apply, please send your resume to jobs@wellpet.com with “Director Innovation” in the subject



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