Senior Manager, Nutritionals Innovation

Whippany, NJ, United States
May 17, 2018
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time

Your tasks and responsibilities

The primary responsibilities of this role, Senior Manager, Nutritionals Innovation, are to:



  • Drive US New Product Design (NPD) Development and strengthen US Innovation Category Pipeline;
  • Partner with brand teams, Innovation and Development (I&D) and Global Consumer Business Units (GCBU's) to create robust five year pipelines covering all key brands in the business unit that deliver business objectives for North America;
  • Cover line extensions related to new "claim" areas, adjacencies, and new markets/new business models as strategically appropriate for each category/division;
  • Lead US innovation activities for and with US Brand Team;
  • Work with brand teams to identify specific strategic goals;
  • Create exploratory projects leveraging world class innovation and design capabilities that uncover unmet consumer needs;
  • Drive coordination of new claims related to new product ideas;
  • Drive the coordination with brand teams on the development and delivery of continuous pipeline of new product ideas relative to claims, as appropriate;
  • Liaise with medical and cross-functional team to qualify/support claims;
  • Develop new concepts and/or prototypes;
  • Mine consumer insights and develop concepts;
  • Assess and partner with external vendor when appropriate, to develop new concept designs and prototypes that meet unmet consumer needs;
  • Test concepts and prototypes;
  • Test with consumers to understand appeal and scale of opportunity;
  • Develop "Gate A" documents by working with appropriate cross-functional resources;
  • Develop robust business cases based on research, along with finance/demand planners, with assumptions from consumer insights, sales, and other cross-functional partners that maximize opportunities and meet key financial metrics;
  • Secure brand team, and where relevant, GCBU buy-in to business cases;
  • Keep overall stakeholders apprised of key milestones;
  • People Management by overseeing and developing direct reports;
  • Demonstrate Innovation Excellence;
  • Exchange learnings and tools with New Growth Initiatives & Innovation Capabilities partner and internal innovation network to optimize best practices and share challenges;
  • Stay abreast of all relevant industry and academic thinking on innovation.


Who you are

Your success will be driven by your demonstration of our LIFE values. More specifically related to this position, Bayer seeks an incumbent who possesses the following:

Required Qualifications:






  • B.A./B.S. Degree with a minimum of seven years of marketing and/or innovation experience in a consumer-oriented business;Or a M.B.A. with a minimum of five years of marketing and/or innovation experience in a consumer-oriented business;
  • Strong commercial understanding of US business environment as well as tangible success in innovation work;
  • Firm understanding and experience with scoping/starting and aligning new initiatives, understanding/mining and applying consumer insights, consumer co-creation and design thinking concepts, concept writing, innovation theories, tools and techniques, as well as the ability to translate these practices into meaningful innovation results through the implementation stage;
  • Strong leadership skills, excellent strategic, project management, partnering, and strong communication skills;
  • Results-oriented;
  • Demonstrate empathy for consumers and customers resulting in a passion for creating value;
  • Strong strategic thinking, creative problem solving and analytical skills;
  • Demonstrates flexibility by showing agility to navigate through challenges, think differently, and pivot quickly to achieve goals;
  • Be curious, with openness to new thinking balanced with realistic business needs;
  • Have vision and the ability to translate that vision into action.


Your application

Bayer offers a wide variety of competitive compensation and benefits programs. If you meet the requirements of this unique opportunity, and you have the "Passion to Innovate" and the "Power to Change", we encourage you to apply now. Job postings will remain open for a minimum of ten business days and are subject to immediate closure thereafter without additional notice. To all recruitment agencies: Bayer does not accept unsolicited third party resumes.

Bayer is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disabled/Veterans

Bayer is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodations in its application process for individuals with disabilities and encourages applicants with disabilities to request any needed accommodation(s) using the contact information below.

Country: United States
Location: NJ-Whippany