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Innovation programme manager - 12 month contract


Fruit Towers - London



innocent started with a simple mission: to make drinks that make it easy to do yourself some good. In 1999 we concocted a few smoothies in our kitchen and tested them on people at a music festival; today we’re blending every type of fruit & veg under the sun and selling drinks right across Europe. We have great ambitions: to show the world that you can build a successful business that cares about more than just profit, and to leave things better than we find them. We’re proud to call ourselves Europe’s favourite little healthy drinks company, but we’re still growing. And that means we need more brilliant people who share our ambition, to join in with the next, most exciting, part of our story.

what you'll be doing

We're looking for an innovation programme manager to join the team on a 12 month contract.

You will support your team to drive to the best solutions with their cross-functional teams, helping them resolve challenges and maximise opportunities. You will also need to champion ways of working improvements to enable them to do this. It is a high profile role across the business and within the Group Marketing team. You will join the GMLT (group marketing leadership team) and you will be responsible for running the monthly IDM (innovation delivery meeting) which marshals our innovation through our decision making points.

You will be leading a team of 5 project managers, and along with your team, you will be responsible for the delivery of every bottle of innovation – from the range extension smaller projects, to the huge new category launches.

The innovation delivery programme manager is responsible for ensuring that our innovation pipeline is launched on time, on budget and truly delights our drinkers.

you'll have

  • Experience of project/programme management, ideally with product launches within the food and drinks industry. 
  • Experience leading a high performing team, building a a great team spirit, delivering exceptional project on time, to brief and to budget
  • The natural drive for clarity and to make progress, whilst being comfortable with a level of ambiguity within that. 
  • Ability to distil a very complicated situation into the most important elements and communicate in a straightforward manner
  • A natural, confident and positive style, and someone who thrives working with people. 
  • Resilience to balance a lot of different inputs, and to navigate the business to the best outcome, challenging as appropriate, and knowing when something has been pushed far enough.
  • Exceptional organisational, problem solving and facilitation skills


you'll get

·      You will be the heartbeat of delivering innovation and will truly see the impact of your work on shelves and in consumers’ hands across Europe

It’s a critical role, with a high profile and lots of exposure to the senior leadership team. At the same time, you'll be needed to sometimes get your hands dirty to lead a situation to resolution.

You will partner closely with almost every team in the business, so this role will give you a great cross functional exposure.

In return for everything you can bring, we can offer you an exciting, challenging role in a fast-growing and dynamic business, with plenty of career opportunities in the UK and across Europe as well as a competitive rewards package.  We also have some great clubs, a free breakfast and as many smoothies as you can shake a stick at. Take a look at our reward page for more details.

If you think you have everything we're looking for and more, then we'd love to hear from you.

You'll need to get your skates on though, as applications close on 22nd July 

Dolly Parton may have worked Nine to Five but you don't have to. We're all about being healthy and happy here at innocent so we're open to a chat about flexible working. No promises, but we reckon that if it's good for you, then it's good for us.

No agencies please.