Head of NPD & Design - West Midlands

£80-90,000 basic + car allowance & bonus - Products Sold to Retail - FMCG & FMCD - Marketing
Ref: 339 Date Posted: Tuesday 17 May 2022
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Head of NPD & Design

£80-90,000 basic + car allowance + bonus + homeworking

Our client, a long established & leading global supplier of branded FMCG products is seeking a Head of NPD & Design to lead the Product team and head up the Design team to design & deliver exciting & compelling projects and new products on time and to budget.

The company operate a hybrid working model, 3 days from home 2 days in the office.

Key Tasks and Responsibilities:

Overarching product lifecycle responsibility from concept to launch of all AYR and Gifting projects.

Lead and communicate product strategy to all stakeholders through ownership of the 2-year NPD pipeline, ensuring full alignment with cross-functional teams.

Manage and communicate the critical path for AYR and Gifting projects with senior leadership team, ensuring that these timings are clear across all functions.

Support Product team and delegate effectively to Senior Product Managers to ensure delivery of projects and resource availability.

Work closely with Head of Brand Creative to ensure that Design Team and NPD work collaboratively and in harmony

Manage senior stakeholder communication and ensure the team are clear on direction.

A large emphasis on working closely with external suppliers and internal team to ensure brand values, quality and costing requirements are adhered to.

Work closely with other internal stakeholders and owners to negotiate costs with external manufacturing and source material suppliers

Research and explore alternative supply options in UK and overseas

Lead continuous improvement of current products whilst preserving margin, including formulation, claims and packaging.

Work with Category, Marketing & Head of Brand Creative to make suggestions for existing product development to drive margin enhancements and/or retention and recruitment of new consumers.

Manage and co-ordinate the flow of product related information and communication throughout the business from the design team, NPD, to QA, category, marketing, finance and sales  

Manage the design team to deliver all design collateral, e.g., blue sky thinking, NPD concepts (Gift & AYR), product renders, brand brochures, marketing assets, mockups

Review NPD and Design processes, propose improvements to reduce errors & complexity whilst still delivering pace

The role will be part of the Senior Leadership Team and therefore you will be required to work closely with the SLT, to deliver companywide projects and to be a key part of leading the business.


Personal Requirements:

Proven track record within a similar NPD role.

Able to influence and lead cross-functional teams.

Excellent organisational and communication skills – you will need to communicate your ideas and project progress effectively to all levels of the business, whilst still delivering on key tasks.

Adaptable, flexible team player – you will be fully flexible in your approach to the role and must have the ability to prioritise and complete multiple tasks, often with challenging deadlines.

A high level of interpersonal skills that allow for effective working relationships with the ability of flexing your communication style whilst working with colleagues, customers and suppliers.

Passionate and experienced in delivering products to market that are on brand, high-quality in a fast paced environment.

Remain calm in high-pressurised environments.

A strong and skilled costs negotiator

Experienced in multi-tasking and prioritisation based on last-minute demands.

A flexible hands-on approach and a willingness to get involved.

Ability to work accurately and efficiently under pressure with a keen eye for detail.

Self-motivated and dedicated.

A very attractive basic salary, £80-90,000, + excellent benefits package is available for this Head of NPD & Design role, along with excellent career prospects. 

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