Innovation Manager

South Yorkshire
Competitive dependant on experience
07 Sep 2018
05 Oct 2018

The Company

Our client is the leading UK manufacturer of commercial fabrics for interiors, health, education, transport and retail. They are a global business with offices and clients around the world and have won a number of leading industry awards for their innovative and sustainable production. They now have an opportunity based in Yorkshire for an Innovation Manager.

Innovation Manager - The Role:

  • Provide consistent support to the Head of Innovation in all areas of the innovation development process and team management
  • Working with the Head of Innovation drive the research of the 5-10 year + fabric and product needs for the business. 
  • Working with the Head of Innovation research into new technologies, fabrics across all disciplines, yarns, finishes, post treatments and machinery and determine the relevance and feasibility for the business.
  • Re-engineer existing product which sits outside PD due to complexity with the aim of producing a viable product for the business.
  • To be confident to experiment and play with ideas with a view of forming strategy, but without fear of failure.
  • Always be aware of legislative changes which could impact on fabric performance.
  • Be challenging, inspiring and encouraging to our existing supply chain to innovate/push boundaries to help us become market leaders, across all areas. 
  • Positively contribute to regular inspiring idea sharing workshops with PD to cross-fertilise ideas and to drive newness and innovations.
  • In conjunction with the Head of Innovation nurture and develop collaborations with external experts and with third parties who can compliment and strengthen the future product innovations of the business. 
  • To work collaboratively with the PD function to translate high concept ideas into commercially viable product.
  • Research and identify long- term future trends in lifestyle, technology, science, sustainability and the future requirements of our market.
  • Apply these long-term trends to new product opportunities and developments, using this knowledge to defend and support all new innovations.
  • Research the technical performance requirements of products for potential future market areas.
  • Show a strong understanding of the global textile market both current and future demands, use this knowledge to form and contribute to the driving new product innovations.
  • Work with strategic purchasing team to explore new potential suppliers that meet PD, SP and QA requirements.
  • Proactively engage with universities, both on research and engagement of future innovators.
  • Encourage and develop strong relationships with industrial designers/architects/specifiers/interior designers and key customers to gather crucial information on long-term/future product requirements.
  • Work with the Head of Innovation to put in place a high concept strategic plan for the Innovation team.
  • In conjunction with the Head of Innovation develop innovative products for the safe guarding of future business in line with future strategic goals. 
  • Take a lead and make significant contribution to strategic Innovation team meetings.

Innovation Manager - The Candidate

  • In depth technical knowledge of fibres, yarns, constructions and finishes.
  • Curious, investigative, exploratory attitude – willingness to research and experiment without fear of failure.
  • Drive and energy with an ability to inspire, lead and motivate others.
  • The ability to work independently with passion and drive whilst demonstrating high levels of resilience and energy.
  • Ability to research areas outside of our key competencies, aligned with strategy.
  • Ability to work with individuals at all levels and sensitive to internal pressures and corporate demands 
  • Excellent verbal, written and platform communication skills. 
  • Strong, successful and proven interpersonal skills utilised for effective communication internally and externally. 
  • Demonstrated success in interacting effectively with internal technical, sales, and marketing organisations as well as counterparts across multiple countries, cultures and regions.  
  • Collaboration with external research organisations and potential partners.
  • Have a desire to be the best in everything you do with an ability to create a positive and inspiring culture.
  • Honest, sincere and genuine
  • Innovative and Engaging
  • Forward thinking and question mindset. 
  • Flexible & resilient 
  • Willingness to travel

Innovation Manager - The Package:

  • Highly competitive package that reflects the position.

Please note that due to the anticipated interest in this role only short-listed candidates will be contacted.
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