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Senior Innovation Manager

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Date: 03-Jul-2022

Location: St Albans, GB

Company: Premier Foods

A great British food company 

Premier Foods is one of Britain’s biggest listed food companies, employing over 4,000 colleagues at 15 manufacturing sites and offices up and down the country.

Many of our brands have been part of UK life for more than a century and you’ll find them in 94% of British households.

At Premier foods we believe in inclusion, authenticity and individuality. We aim to ensure all existing and future colleagues are given equitable opportunities and are respected, valued and encouraged to bring their true authentic selves to work no matter who they are, what they look like, who they love or what they believe in. Our culture is one where everyone is welcome. 

Senior Innovation Manager

Based in St Albans but with hybrid working and lots of flexibility to work from home.



We are looking for an ambitious Innovation leader, who:

  • has a zeal for consumer understanding and ability to translate it into innovation growth strategies
  • passion to roll-up the sleeves and see the strategy all the way through to brilliant execution
  • an entrepreneurial mindset and ability to problem solve, whilst taking stakeholders with you


In the Cooking Sauces team, we live and breathe Innovation. We have made a good progress on Innovation and recently launched a few high potential Innovation products. And we are aiming to further accelerate NPD growth in the years to come. A successful Candidate will help taking our Innovation thinking and execution to the next level with an aim to hit 10%+ of Category Turnover from NPD’s. You will lead Innovation strategy development and implementation, work side-by-side with a talented R&D and Brand team and have regular exposure to the Executive Leadership team.


Cooking Sauces is one of the fastest growing Premier Foods Grocery categories. In this role, you will have an opportunity to leave your mark on the legacy of the most iconic Cooking Sauces brands: Sharwood’s, Loyd Grossman and Homepride.


What you'll be doing:

  • To develop a 3-year Innovation pipeline strategy for each of the 3 Brands: Sharwood’s, Loyd and Homepride
    • Develop a pipeline of concepts, that are routed into a genuine Consumer insight
    • Validate concepts potential with Consumers to identify winning propositions
    • Translate winning concepts into a simple, yet comprehensive Consumer strategy
    • Align ELT to the Innovation Strategy
  • To efficiently lead through the Gate process chunky NPD projects, ensuring smooth transition from concept to launch:
    • Translate winning concept into a great product and impactful packaging
    • Ensure solid business case to secure TO and margin ambition delivery
    • Create a strong trial plan to ensure NPD success in the market-place
  • To stay on top of the key consumer trends, being able to efficiently translate high-potential emerging consumer needs into growth projects for Premier Foods


What we need from you:

  • Innovation experience in a top-tier FMCG company
  • Ability to translate consumer insight into new ideas for Premier Foods
  • Commercial orientation
  • Entrepreneurial spirit and problem-solving
  • Results oriented
  • People influencing and collaboration skills


What we offer you in return:

  • Competitive salary
  • Car allowance
  • Bonus
  • Hybrid working/Flexibility to work from home
  • Up to 7.5% pension
  • Private medical insurance
  • Life assurance
  • Wide range of online and in-house training
  • Access to an employee discount scheme, with access to hundreds of nationwide retailers