Food Private Brand & Innovation Manager (9-12 Month Contract)
Full-Time, Up to £50,000 per annum

Ref: 519634

Base Salary: £ 45000.00 50000.00 YEAR

Salary: Up to £50,000 per annum (£45,000.00 - £50,000.00)

Hours: Full-Time FULL_TIME

Location: Handforth, Cheshire, SK9 3RN, GB


Food Private Brand & Innovation Manager (9-12 Month Contract)

This is a fantastic opportunity to come and work for a company voted 5th in the Great Place to Work (Best Large Workplaces) awards 2018, and Number 15 in Europe in 2017! We have over 450 stores and over 310 Groom Rooms and are the UK's number one pet care business. Our business is fast-paced, innovative and fun and it's our people that make the difference.

Description of the Role

Reporting to the Director of Private Brands & Innovation, the Private Brand & Innovation Manager for Food will be responsible for identifying trends, range gaps & NPD opportunities, using these to influence & shape the range & product vision across our food & treating categories. With a naturally inquisitive but extremely commercial eye, this role is key to the injection of compelling newness & innovation to drive ambitious own and private brand growth that will move the dial through forging new supplier relationships in both branded & own brand categories.

Working with the Food Category Manager & the Food & Treating Buying Team, you will translate human market trends into a vision that sets the directional briefs to bring market leading food concepts to life. Subsequently working with the buying team to create commercially viable formulations & recipes to support their category growth, this person will shape product, ranges & categories that meets the vision of the brief and product specification to offer innovative & unique products that deliver health & wellbeing to the pets of our Pets at Home customers.

Skills Required:

* You will possess previous experience of working within a creative but extremely commercial buying role with significant food based product development skills, exhibiting both a natural eye for food based NPD as well as proven and strong commercial skills.

* Your innate curiosity & visionary approach ensuring you leave no stone unturned in the quest for market leading newness (being from your imagination, external sources or inspirational comp shops) will drive you to search far & wide, confidently scouring the world for new opportunities & trends that we can translate into the pet world.

* With an organised approach & ability to prioritise you will be happy and able to work across & manage both the vision & creative direction involved in a high number of varied projects at any one time.

* As well as having vision, you'll also have a strong natural sense of what will sell and appeal to the customer and their pets as well as an appreciation of quality, food manufacturing processes and the value for money equation.

* You will have a natural passion and flair for NPD with your excellent flexible - and highly adaptable communication, influencing and relationship building skills enabling you to enthuse others with the same passion.

* Your commercial awareness will enable you to identify and/or create market gaps and opportunities for Pets at Home to build its food & treating portfolio, extend its already significant market share and materially enhance its sales participation.

* You will have a proven track record of creating, renewing, reinventing, re-launching and exploiting products and categories - and it would be advantageous if these skills have also been employed creatively on packaging and pack formats.

* Further, your ability to spot market trends and incorporate those into briefs that provide clear direction for the buying team will be key.

* Having previous experience of global sourcing and experience of writing and briefing both factories, product development colleagues and creative agencies is highly advantageous. Similarly, experience of global competitive shopping and a strong awareness of the High Street and what it offers for inspiration would also be beneficial.

The Benefits:

* Competitive salary of £50,000 per annum, plus bonus - pro rata

* 33 days paid annual leave (including bank holidays) - pro rata

* Car Allowance

* Birthday Leave - 1 day extra leave to celebrate your Birthday!

* The option to buy extra holidays

* An extra days holiday when you become a new pet parent (Dog/Cat/Horse)

* An extra days holiday when you move home and half a day when your little one's 'fly the nest'!

* Pension Scheme

* Colleague Discount- 20% discount for you (plus one family member). This can be used in Pets at Home Stores, Groom Rooms, Companion Care Veterinary Services, and Pet Plan Insurance!

* "Treats" benefits- an online range of offers and discounts which are available exclusively to Pets at Home Colleagues

* Life assurance

* Contributory Private Health Care

* Charity Leave- You are entitled to have one paid day's leave each year to work for your favourite animal related charity.

* Celebrating Special Celebrations? You'll get 1 extra week off and a gift to celebrate your wedding or civil partnership, and a gift from us if you are expecting or adopting a baby!

* Free Car Parking

* Free Gym

* Values Awards

* Colleague of the Month Awards

* Cycle to Work Scheme

Organisation: Pets at Home

Date Posted: 2019-05-16

Expiry Date: 2019-08-16