Innovation Manager

Job Category: Marketing
Job Type: Full Time
Job Location: Vancouver

Rubicon Organics facilities in Canada and Washington state have recently been licensed, enabling us to bring our portfolio of Super Premium Organic Cannabis brands to market in the second half of 2019. Consequently, we are recruiting an outstanding hands-on, energetic, and detail-oriented Innovation Manager, to lead the development and execution of our consumer innovation pipeline. This is an opportunity to take everything you have learned in your marketing and innovation career to date and apply it in a leadership role within a nimble multinational company, leaving a huge legacy in your wake.

Purpose of the Innovation Manager role

Lead cross-functional teams (master growers, brand managers, procurement and commercial partners) to identify and assess exciting new growth opportunities and bring them to market through your meticulous project management skills. 

We are looking for an outstanding Innovation Manager who wants to leave a tangible legacy:

  • An agile, hands on leader of cross functional teams, with a passion for creative innovation
  • Ability to manage multiple complex projects from design to commercial and marketing execution
  • Financial acumen to create viable business cases and the confidence to seamlessly align decision makers.

Responsibilities

Innovation

  • Identify, assess and champion new product growth opportunities, including: 
    • Developing a compelling innovation strategy and pipeline
    • Conducting category/competitive analysis to validate size of opportunities
    • Consumer validation of innovation ideas
    • R&D validation of the technical pathways
    • Operations validation of the manufacturing strategy
    • Finance validation of Gross Margin
  • Initiate consumer research to define unmet consumer needs and to identify white space opportunities
  • Align opportunities with Brand strategy and Sales goals
  • Lead new product initiatives in collaboration with cross-functional teams
  • Partner with Marketing team to drive global synergies, as appropriate 

Process 

  • Own and lead the brand team’s innovation plan through a formalised stage gate process
  • Work with the team to ensure thorough scopes are created before projects enter production
  • Simultaneously manage multiple projects that vary in size, scope, and difficulty (from new to world projects through to format and pack innovation)
  • Build innovation plans in collaboration with the cross-functional team and thereafter manage team outcomes as they pertain to achieve innovation goals and timelines
    • Identify and explain dependencies and milestones 
    • Tracking progress of projects
    • Identify and remove any roadblocks 
    • Leading a team culture of accountability
  • Manage and communicate shifting priorities to ensure projects reach completion by expected due dates
  • Act as a go-to resource for project-related questions and concerns

What You Need 

  • 5+ years innovation / new product development experience, new product launches and/or major repositioning of a brand
  • Experience in category analysis and forecasting
  • Familiarity with common consumer marketing research tools and techniques
  • Experience with P&L analysis
  • Experience managing projects involving multiple resources and channels
  • Excellent project and time management skills
  • Experience working with Microsoft Project preferred
  • Exceptional attention to detail and meticulous organization
  • Ability to assume new responsibilities as priorities change
  • Strong problem-solving and decision-making abilities
  • Strong relationship-building skills / Collaborative work style
  • Bachelor’s degree or greater

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