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Head of Innovation

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A collective energy and ambition. A place where you can make a real difference.

We’re a company that genuinely cares about our people, our products, our consumers and the environment.

Our unique, informal culture champions courage, determination and collaboration. Knowing we have an open and supportive team means each of us has the freedom to take responsibility and ownership. We have a shared passion to work hard, innovate and push boundaries.

United by the belief that when we strive for growth, anything is possible. While we might not be the largest company in our industry, we believe we can have the biggest impact because: Together We Have the Power to Win.

Are you passionate about finding and applying consumer insights? Do you have experience in a Regional NPD focused marketing role?

If the answer is yes - then look no further. Church & Dwight UK Ltd have an exciting opportunity for an innovative Head of Innovation to join our European Marketing team.

The Head of Innovation is responsible for ensuring that the business has a pipeline of winning new products to drive annual business performance. Working across our portfolio of personal care brands, you will be accountable for generating and identifying powerful consumer insights and new product concepts. You will be responsible for the successful commercialisation of the NPD by working closely key partners in Marketing, R&D, Procurement, Project Management and Manufacturing.

Primarily the role is responsible for:

  • Global and Local lead for innovation, long-term planning, delivery of innovation for the personal care portfolio

  • Identifying, assessing and championing new product growth opportunities, including: developing a compelling innovation strategy and pipeline, conducting category/competitive analysis to validate size of opportunities; consumer validation of innovation ideas; R&D validation of the technical pathways; Operations validation of the manufacturing strategy; Finance validation of Gross Margin

  • Leveraging new tools to gain deep understanding of target consumer

  • Initiating consumer research to define unmet consumer needs and to identify white space opportunities

  • Aligning opportunities with Brand strategy and Sales goals

  • Leading new product initiatives in collaboration with cross-functional teams

The successful candidate will have significant experience within a Regional or International organisation, working within a Marketing or Innovation Manager role, in a consumer goods/personal care sector. Additionally, you will have:

  • A proven track record in delivering strategic NPD that demonstrate measurable success

  • Extensive exposure to, and very strong understanding of, the technical aspects of developing and manufacturing consumer personal care products

  • Mastery in the identification and usage of consumer insights to create winning NPD

  • Research expertise,  with knowledge of the best research techniques to gain the understanding needed. Strong experience in briefing, preparing and managing research (qual & quant) conducted buy our partner agencies

  • Extensive experience in packaging development

  • Flexibility and agility to identify quickly responses to markets and trends.

  • Ability to forge strong working relationships internally and externally. Can foster strong cross-functional relationships and build effective project teams

  • Self-motivation, with the ability to think strategically and use initiative. Team player who is able to drive own agenda and work autonomously within a framework

  • ‘Can do’ pragmatic attitude with a strong personal drive to achieve.

  • Ability to analyse and interpret data to make accurate and expedient decisions

  • Strong Commercial and Financial awareness, demonstrating an understanding of the impact of actions on cost and margin

  • Committed to driving change and comfortable with managing any associated conflicts.

  • Credible, persuasive and tenacious.

  • Energetic & positive attitude.

In return, this role offers a competitive salary, including a car allowance, performance related annual bonus, health cash plan and competitive pension scheme.

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Church & Dwight strives to create an environment where everyone feels free to bring their authentic self to work every day.

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As an equal opportunity employer, Church & Dwight is committed to providing access and opportunities to individuals with disabilities. Applicants who require accommodation in the job application process may contact 877-809-8449 or email their resume and cover letter to Please note that these options are available only to those needing an accommodation because of a medical condition or disability. All email submissions should include “Accommodation needed” in the subject line as well as information related to the specific position you are interested in (requisition number, job title, location, etc.). Church & Dwight will not respond to inquiries made to or 877-809-8449 that are not related to accessibility of the online application system by persons with medical conditions or disabilities. To review Church & Dwight’s Equal Opportunities Employer Policy, click link below.

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