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Global Head of Product Development

  • Reference: 383825
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Salary: 150000
  • Location: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

The opportunity

This is a pivotal role in the new operating model of a highly successful, international consumer products business. Working directly with the CEO and senior management, the Global Head of Product Development (Director) will institute the methodology for new products as a core part of the demand-driven operating model in contrast to the historic approach of making products and finding buyers.
Product Development will be positioned as the driving force in the R&D > Product Management > Marketing and Brand activation life-cycle with key data inputs from third party production capabilities and consumer insights. It's an entirely new role with the potential for a huge sense of personal achievement by shaping the vision and team structure for the function.

How this will be successful

Developing a go-to-market approach in the function and setting mid-long term global category plans. Being a private company long-term means 3-5 years, not 3 months.
Converting consumer feedback (direct and indirect) into executable propositions.
Embedding and continuously improving PD methodology and frameworks that transcend brands to build product roadmaps for a global consumer.
Partnership engagement and leadership of strategic supplier relationships.
Building and leading smart, agile project teams, that leverage internal and external resources across engineering, design, quality, project management etc. 

The experience you could bring

Our perfect candidate has a blend of technical, product development and consumer marketing experience from a best-in-class consumer business.
Early career development within blue chip FMCG in marketing, R&D or other relevant path would be advantageous.
You will have been key to successful new product introductions to multiple markets.
A passion for consumers and an unquenchable thirst for solving problems will be in your DNA.
Without doubt you will possess world-class communication skills and be accustomed to close collaborations with senior management.
Given the level of responsibility, and the investment behind this, P&L ownership experience will be relevant.

Additional info

The business is privately owned, financially sound and led by a smart, pragmatic team of leaders with blue chip backgrounds.
Relocation will not be necessary, applicants can be home based (within UK and Europe) with manageable travel.

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