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Posted: Sunday, February 4, 2018 6:33 PM

Job Description
Innovation Manager
The Innovation Manager is responsible for turning market and customer insights into breakthrough solutions. Working closely with the Marketing and RD and E teams you will co:lead the advancement and development of new creative products and platforms in support of the mission and continued growth of the company. You will leverage primary and secondary research and data analytics to champion the product vision and serve as the advocate for the customer on cross:functional advanced development teams. As product vision owner you will partner with Product Managers to craft business cases for new product concepts, including product definition, value proposition, positioning, and pricing. You will use your deep customer insights, skills, and imagination to identify, evaluate, and recommend new products, markets and businesses to reach and serve.
Major Responsibilities
Assess new market trends and establish how they integrate into our business and product strategies
Develop strategic frameworks and filters that identify spaces of interest for the business, leading to identification of opportunities.
Responsible for needs discovery, segmentation, opportunity sizing, and analysis. Manages trade:offs and balance conflicting demands to develop solutions that maximize the companys opportunity vs. competitors.
Manage the consumer and trade qualitative and quantitative concept testing phases and refinement process as needed to advance explorations and ideations into product development projects.
Co:own the Product Innovation and Development Roadmap spanning a three: to five:year planning horizon.
Provoke thought leadership that is driven by product discovery with clients and data analytics.
Partner with Marketing Director and RD and E to manage, lead, and evolve the innovation process for the company to ensure the process is rooted in sound customer and market insights and supports our overall business and product strategies.
Champion the Voice of the Customer (VOC) guidance from Ideation through Validation for the innovation project team by developing a deep understanding of customer and market needs / trends, and of company capabilities.
Assume key support role in Blue Ocean Strategy process, motivate teams and ensure smooth execution of the project.
Work closely with Product Managers to ensure correct translation of innovation into Business Plan for products and services resulting from Innovation initiatives.
Champion all developments that include outsourced products and/or services.
Perform other duties as required.
Position Requirements:
Bachelors Degree and 5:7 years relevant experience (preferably in food industry)
Passion for evangelizing new opportunities and concepts through actionable written/in person deliverables
Creative, out of the box thinker
Excellent writing and editing skills. Ability to distill complex stories into simple and easy to understand opportunities
Ability to plan, organize and effectively present concepts
Proven ability to motivate cross functional teams in a non reporting relationship
Demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite
Willing to travel 30

Company Description
Inline Plastics is celebrating its 50th anniversary next year. During those 50 years, we have proven to have innovation in our DNA. Starting with Safe:T:Gard tear strips that created the first tamper:resistant food container, to E:Z Open Cake containers to Hangables, Sandwich Wedges and Grab and Go Cups, Inline is a leader. We provide FDA Food contact recyclable products in extremely appealing designs and we are intent on continuing to be the leader. We even have solar panels on out Shelton Manufacturing Plant.
To service our customers, we operate three manufacturing plants, one distribution center and a Research, Development and Engineering center.
Our goal is to double our sales and we need your


• Location: New Haven, Shelton

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