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Manager Innovation & Portfolio

Keurig Dr Pepper Canada

This is a Contract position in Harrow, ON posted August 7, 2021.

Job Overview Innovation Manager Department: Marketing Location: Toronto or Montreal THE OPPORTUNITY The Innovation Manager will have an unique and exciting opportunity to be at the forefront of the leading new product innovation process for Keurig Dr Pepper (KDP) business in Canada.

Reporting to the Insights and Innovation Director, this role will support the creation of robust, long-term innovation pipeline for all new product categories, new platforms and brand extension lines.

This role will drive the innovation agenda to help KDP Canada business achieve its growth objectives.

RESPONSIBILITIES: Snapshot of some of the exciting things you will lead and influence: Monitor trends, new products, competitor, and category innovation activity to inform 3 Year Innovation Strategy and ideation Collaborate with Brand leaders to build Innovation strategies into short and long-term brand growth plans.

Identify consumer-centric growth opportunities for KDP brands and category whitespaces Lead ideation and creation workshops that collide bold, creative, and lateral thinking with consumer insight, category data, trends and internal KDP experts, designers, engineers and food scientists Collaborate deeply with KDP strategy, consumer insights, brand marketing, and commercial teams to scope and create the business case for innovation investments and execute the innovation pipeline Optimize Innovation for Commercial P&L impact without compromising on the vision for the consumer proposition Provide guidance to cross-functional teams in the NPI process and assigns resources to teams Maintain cadence for Innovation operational meetings and adherence to project milestones Continuously improve and adapt the NPI process to the business’ needs and goals Track innovation performance, conduct postmortem analysis and lead cross-functional teams to present learnings to leadership Track the budget monthly and quarterly and ensure adequate funding for all critical innovations Manage and coach team of 2 innovation specialists to build innovation capability Requirements QUALIFICATIONS Bachelor’s degree in marketing with 6-8 years experience in product innovation, preferably in the food, beverage or consumer packaged goods industries Seasoned innovation marketer with experience at a large CPG company, passionate and comfortable operating in an entrepreneurial environment.

Knowledge and relevant experience in the areas of creativity and lateral thinking, and design-thinking or emergent strategy principles and ways of working.

Ability to lead and develop a team of innovation specialists across multiple priorities Strong knowledge of product development life cycle, working closely with R&D, Regulatory & Legal, Supply Chain and Engineering, Finance, Sales, and Brand Marketing.

Strong project management skills Self-motivated, results oriented with the ability to lead new projects in fast-paced environment Strong strategic, analytical skill and ability to drive actionable results using data and insights Strong collaborative skills to build stakeholder trust across multiple levels teams Tolerance for ambiguity and an ability to resolve complex issues with clear ideas and solutions COMPETENCIES Proficiency in MS Project; Project management certification is an asset Knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.): Proficiency in Nielsen (Consumption, Panel, BASES): Company Overview Keurig Dr Pepper (KDP) is a leading coffee and beverage company in North America with dual headquarters in Burlington, MA and Plano, TX, with annual revenue in excess of $11 billion.

KDP holds leadership positions in soft drinks, specialty coffee and tea, water, juice and juice drinks and mixers, and markets the 1 single serve coffee brewing system in the U.S.

The Company maintains an unrivaled distribution system that enables its portfolio of more than 125 owned, licensed and partner brands to be available nearly everywhere people shop and consume beverages.

With a wide range of hot and cold beverages that meet virtually any consumer need, KDP key brands include Keurig®, Dr Pepper®, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters®, Canada Dry®, Snapple®, Bai®, Mott’s® and The Original Donut Shop®.

The Company employs more than 25,000 employees and operates more than 120 offices, manufacturing plants, warehouses and distribution centers across North America.Keurig Dr Pepper (KDP) is a leading coffee and beverage company in North America with dual headquarters in Burlington, MA and Plano, TX, with annual revenue in excess of $11 billion.

KDP holds leadership positions in soft drinks, specialty coffee and tea, water, juice and juice drinks and mixers, and markets the 1 single serve coffee brewing system in the U.S.

The Company maintains an unrivaled distribution system that enables its portfolio of more than 125 owned, licensed and partner brands to be available nearly everywhere people shop and consume beverages.

With a wide range of hot and cold beverages that meet virtually any consumer need, KDP key brands include Keurig®, Dr Pepper®, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters®, Canada Dry®, Snapple®, Bai®, Mott’s® and The Original Donut Shop®.

The Company employs more than 25,000 employees and operates more than 120 offices, manufacturing plants, warehouses and distribution centers across North America.QUALIFICATIONS Bachelor’s degree in marketing with 6-8 years experience in product innovation, preferably in the food, beverage or consumer packaged goods industries Seasoned innovation marketer with experience at a large CPG company, passionate and comfortable operating in an entrepreneurial environment.

Knowledge and relevant experience in the areas of creativity and lateral thinking, and design-thinking or emergent strategy principles and ways of working.

Ability to lead and develop a team of innovation specialists across multiple priorities Strong knowledge of product development life cycle, working closely with R&D, Regulatory & Legal, Supply Chain and Engineering, Finance, Sales, and Brand Marketing.

Strong project management skills Self-motivated, results oriented with the ability to lead new projects in fast-paced environment Strong strategic, analytical skill and ability to drive actionable results using data and insights Strong collaborative skills to build stakeholder trust across multiple levels teams Tolerance for ambiguity and an ability to resolve complex issues with clear ideas and solutions COMPETENCIES Proficiency in MS Project; Project management certification is an asset Knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.): Proficiency in Nielsen (Consumption, Panel, BASES):