Research and Innovation Manager

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Advertised By:Agency
Job Type:Full-Time
Our client is a FMCG Company based in Swellendam looking for a Research and Innovation Manager to join their team.

Short Summary:
The main task of this position is to lead the research and development division, driving innovation cross departmentally within the whole organisation and leading new product development from conceptual to implementation phase in a structured formalised manner. It is the responsibility of this position to ensure that our client initiate, develop and introduce products to the market that will take the company from the national leader in the field of innovation in edible oils to a recognized global player.


• Create, implement and control the innovation strategy
• Define and prioritize key innovation projects across departments based on a carefully drawn selection criteria
• Ensure to interpret business strategy and determine innovative solutions supporting strategy implementation
• Design and model solutions for customer innovation and experience along with similar initiatives variants
• Establish and Chair Innovation development group (Cross Departmental) to conduct insights as well as design outputs to their work, driving integrated Innovation development
• Coordinate all cross-functional activities, represent customers internally and collaborate with leaders in varied areas on allocation across projects and resource planning
• Develop high-performance atmosphere
• Perform as strategic partner to head innovation of influence change and new processes
• Lead and direct different cross-functional programs and projects of varied sizes and types concurrently
• Contribute and influence strategic direction for senior leadership using informal and formal communication New Product Development:

• Leading and managing the new product development team in concert with customer needs and business model
• Selects correct design concepts and fundamental technology used for new products or improvement for existing ones
• Oversees key projects, processes and performance reports, data and analysis
• Develops and implements methods and procedures for monitoring projects such as preparation of records of expenditures and research findings, progress reports, and staff conferences, in order to inform management of current status of each project
• Negotiates contracts with consulting firms to perform research or other applicable studies or support
• Plans and formulates aspects of research and development proposals such as objective or purpose of project, applications that can be utilized from findings, costs of project, and equipment and human resource requirements
• Coordinate product development ; managing product development pipeline, deadlines, product reviews and product redesigns/ discontinue process
• Manage and evaluate portfolio data and innovation pipeline assisting strategic decision-making and Go-to-Market process
• Design, research, develop, analyse and suggest new mar...

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