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Senior Manager, Innovation - Personal Care

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The primary responsibilities of this role, Senior Manager, Innovation, are to: 


  • Drive US NPD Development and Strengthen US Innovation Category Pipeline;
  • Partner with brand teams, I&D and GCBU’s to create robust 5 year pipelines covering all key brands in the business unit that deliver business objectives for North America; 
  • This should cover line extensions related to new ”claim” areas, adjacencies, and new markets/new business models as strategically appropriate for each category/division;
  • Lead US innovation activities for and with US Brand Team;
  • Work with brand teams to identify specific strategic goals;
  • Create exploratory projects leveraging world class innovation and design capabilities that uncover unmet consumer needs;
  • Drive coordination of new claims related to new product ideas;
  • Drive the coordination with brand teams on the development and delivery of continuous pipeline of new product ideas relative to claims, as appropriate;
  • Liaise with medical and cross-functional team to qualify/support claims;
  • Develop new concepts and/or prototypes;
  • Mine consumer insights and develop concepts;
  • Assess and partner with external vendor when appropriate, to develop new concept designs and prototypes that meet unmet consumer needs;
  • Test concepts and prototypes;
  • Test with consumers to understand appeal and scale of opportunity;
  • Develop “Gate A” documents by working with appropriate cross functional resources;
  • Develop robust business cases based on research, along with finance/demand planners, with assumptions from consumer insights, sales, and other cross-functional partners that maximize opportunities and meet key financial metrics;
  • Secure brand team, and where relevant, GCBU buy-in to business cases; keep overall stakeholders apprised of key milestones;
  • People Management - Oversee and develop direct reports;
  • Exchange learnings and tools with New Growth Initiatives & Innovation Capabilities partner and internal innovation network to optimize best practices and share challenges;
  • Stay abreast of all relevant industry and academic thinking on innovation.


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Your success will be driven by your demonstration of our LIFE values.  More specifically related to this position, Bayer seeks an incumbent who possesses the following:


Required Qualifications:


  • Must have a Bachelor's Degree with a minimum of 7 years of marketing experience in a consumer oriented business or an MBA/Master's Degree with 5 years of marketing experience in a consumer oriented business;
  • Candidate will have strong commercial understanding of US business environment as well as tangible success in innovation work; 
  • Candidate will have firm understanding and experience with scoping/starting and aligning new initiatives, understanding/mining and applying consumer insights, consumer co-creation and design thinking concepts, concept writing, innovation theories, tools and techniques, as well as the ability to translate these practices into meaningful innovation results through the implementation stage;
  • Candidate will have strong leadership skills, excellent strategic, project management, partnering, and strong communication skills;
  • Attributes: Demonstrates empathy for consumers and customers resulting in a passion for creating value;
  • Strong strategic thinking, creative problem solving and analytical skills;
  • Flexibility – agility to navigate through challenges, think differently, and pivot quickly to achieve goals;
  • Be curious, with openness to new thinking balanced with realistic business needs;
  • Have vision, and the ability to translate that vision into action.


Preferred Qualifications:


  • MBA
  • Consumer Packed Goods Industry experience
  • Fast-Moving Consumer Packaged Goods Industry experience
  • Personal Care experience
  • Prior innovation experience
.pre {white-space: pre-wrap;} Your application Bayer offers a wide variety of competitive compensation and benefits programs. If you meet the requirements of this unique opportunity, and you have the "Passion to Innovate" and the "Power to Change", we encourage you to apply now. Job postings will remain open for a minimum of ten business days and are subject to immediate closure thereafter without additional notice. To all recruitment agencies: Bayer does not accept unsolicited third party resumes.