UAC of Nigeria Plc. is a leading private sector enterprise with active participation in the development of the country since 1879. A diversified, food-focused company, UAC’s operations span the animal feeds, packaged foods, real estate, paints and logistics sectors of the economy. We are committed to building and developing our people towards realizing their full potentials.
Position Title: Innovation Manager
Reports to: General Manager-Marketing
Purpose of the Job
To own and drive a compelling Innovation pipeline from ideation to commercialization by transforming our end to end innovation process, specifically ensuring the organization delivers the commercial step change in innovation implementation and execution.
Job Accountabilities/Key Responsibilities
- Takes ownership of new product launches from concept development to commercial launch.
- Takes the lead in preparing business cases for innovation and renovation.
- Responsible for crafting product development brief in liaison with respective Brand Managers.
- Responsible for driving through formula/packaging optimization initiatives, in conjunction with Research & Development, Regulatory Affairs, Brand teams, and Consumer Insights.
- Manages the communication and effective flow of information and approval systems associated with the innovation Process.
- Develops, shares and ensures effective use of best practice and common platforms relevant to product innovation.
- Prepares detailed work breakdown structure, financial budget and timelines for the project.
- Defines critical path of the project, anticipate potential obstacles.
- Ensures that timelines are kept, objectives are met & key questions are answered.
Person Specification/Job Requirements
- A first degree or its equivalent
- At least 4 years in FMCG
- Must have driven Innovation end to end as a core function
- Great Project Management Skills
- Strong Influencing Skill
- Good Team player
- Strong Analytical Skills
- Critical thinking and problem solving skills
- Excellent organizational and time management skills
- Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to persuasively sell ideas
Application Deadline: Not Specified.