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Associate Manager, Innovation (Marketing)

Company: Stella & Chewy's
Location: Oak Creek
Posted on: August 7, 2022

Job Description:

*This position is a hybrid position and will be required to be in the office 3 days a week, and will not be eligible for full remote*
Stella & Chewy's, the fastest growing natural pet food brand in the US, is looking for an Associate Manager, Innovation to join our recently formed New Product Development/Innovation team. With your help we will deliver our multi-year pipeline of consumer-focused and brand-centric new products while improving the lives of pets and the people who love them.Reporting to the Senior Manager of Innovation, you will be a valuable part of the team that is defining the future of the Stella & Chewy's brand through its product experience. We are looking for a detailed, curious and organized self-starter who loves consumer packaged goods, product development, marketing and of course, pets! In this role, you will help identify, support and execute new product concepts through a variety of tasks, including data analysis, market research, product development process management and product launch preparation. This job will be located in our newly built, modern office space in Oak Creek, WI and you can even bring your dog to work!
Job Description

  • Support innovation projects as they move from concept to launch within the StageGate--- process
  • Assist with the creation and management of our new product pipeline for the domestic and global businesses helping to research, size and organize ideas as needed
  • Manage inputs for databases that help drive the development and tracking of new products
  • Lead & support data gathering and analysis of consumer, competitor and industry insights
  • Coordinate and assist with the testing of unique product ideas and prototypes against key consumer needs
  • Lead and manage the Innovation department budget
  • Work with R & D to lead the management and tracking of product testing throughout the development lifecycle
  • Assist with management and relationship building with our outside vendors to ensure we are a priority client, driving to create quality outputs, while remaining on time and on budget
  • Be a highly effective liaison between the Innovation, Brand, Digital and Shopper Marketing teams to help deliver a successful new product launch
  • Coordinate retailer council partnerships and sales inputs that can be used to gain new product insights
  • Manage detailed deliverables related to the creative execution of new products including timelines, technical documents and packaging proofing to ensure on time art delivery with internal and external agencies
  • Work closely with our R&D, Supply Chain, Operations, Marketing and Sales teams to effectively support innovation projects cross functionally
  • Work with our Project Management team to effectively manage the product pipeline, including timelines and stage gate deliverables; coordinate inputs as needed
  • Support the implementation of improved innovation processes across the organization
    • 3+ years of experience in innovation, brand management or marketing role in the Consumer Package Goods industry. Experience in Pet Food industry a plus.
    • Bachelor's Degree in Marketing or related field required
    • Highly motivated self-starter with ability to manage multiple projects at various levels of complexity in a fast-paced environment
    • Detail-oriented with strong analytical skills to generate data-driven recommendations and decisions
    • Experience in using syndicated data sources such as Nielsen to enable analysis of industry data
    • Experience with research tools and processes
    • Strong written and verbal communication skills
    • Comfort working with a remote manager, while working alongside a well-developed Oak Creek based Marketing team.
    • Strong collaborator with proven ability to work with many cross functional stakeholders

Keywords: Stella & Chewy's, Milwaukee , Associate Manager, Innovation (Marketing), Executive , Oak Creek, Wisconsin

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