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Sr. Innovation Design Manager

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The Innovation Design Team will help lead the innovation agendas for a portfolio of global brands. This team will need to effectively manage and influence a cross-functional team that includes brand innovation, consumer insights, brand marketing, R&D, and operations to successfully deliver strategically aligned and commercially viable innovation projects.

The design team’s responsibilities include all aspects of the front-end design process, ranging from problem definition, performing and analyzing consumer research, to brainstorming and visualizing ideas. They are fueled by imagination and creativity and like the challenge of creating what has not yet been created. Team members have a strong work ethic that helps solve unique and complex problems that have broad impact on the company's business growth. They are also focused on new creation driven through the lens of the consumer.

Duties & Responsibilities:
The person in this role will be accountable for supporting the development and delivery of a wide range of innovation projects. S/he will need to help deliver projects from initial ideation, through concept development, to commercialization. The person in this role will work closely with internal and external partners to develop design projects that satisfy unmet consumer needs and the growth of the company's portfolio.
• Partners with R&D, consumer insights, brand managers etc. to develop new design platforms grounded in consumer insights and leverages technology and trends to create new sources of growth
• Provides design leadership around customer trends and testing, customer research, strategic planning, and holistic design principles
• Has a strong capability to identify people’s unmet needs and is able to articulate and deliver that into a design strategy
• Has the ability to visualize new design platforms / products and can effectively leverage design tools (e.g. sketching, prototypes, video etc.) to bring their vision alive
• Can help lead and influence cross-functional teams in the development of new products from ideation, concept development to commercialization
• Can create passion, conviction, and momentum around the right areas of opportunity
Profile:
• Bachelor’s degree in design, Masters preferred
• 7+ years of design strategy and innovation
• Good communicator – able to communicate with a technical organization (e.g. R&D) and a creative marketing organization
• Is a creative problem solver
• Strong presentation skills
• Ability to work in an ambiguous and dynamic work environment
• Can build strong relationships with multiple stakeholders and project leads

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