Senior Manager, Innovation

Confidential Company  •  San Francisco, CA

8 - 10 years experience  •  Consumer Goods / Miscellaneous

Posted on 08/16/17
San Francisco, CA
8 - 10 years experience
Consumer Goods / Miscellaneous
Posted on 08/16/17

For more than 120 years, The J. M. Smucker Company has been committed to offering consumers quality products that bring families together to share memorable meals and moments. Today, Smucker is a leading marketer and manufacturer of consumer food and beverage products and pet food and pet snacks in North America with annual net sales of approximately $8 billion. In consumer foods and beverages, its brands include Smucker's®, Folgers®, Jif®, Dunkin’ Donuts®, Crisco®, Pillsbury®, R.W. Knudsen Family®, Hungry Jack®, Café Bustelo®, Martha White®, truRoots®, Sahale Snacks®, Robin Hood®, and Bick’s®. In pet food and pet snacks, its brands include Meow Mix®, Milk- Bone®, Kibbles 'n Bits®, Natural Balance®, and 9Lives®. The Company remains rooted in the Basic Beliefs of Quality, People, Ethics, Growth, and Independence established by its founder and namesake more than a century ago. For more information about the Company, visit


  • Work with the Innovation Leadership team to ensure innovation aligned with an assigned strategic business area’s strategy
  • Develop and validate concepts that deliver on key consumer needs and align to the brand strategy
  • Develop a robust pipeline of disruptive innovation that drives incremental and profitable growth. Provide thought leadership to inspire greatness, divergent thinking, and ongoing inspiration for business building platforms for sustained growth
  • Lead a diverse, cross-functional best in class team who will be responsible for shepherding platforms and product concepts through the innovation process, considering strategic, consumer, technical and business viability
  • Lead with a blend of disciplined management practices with entrepreneurial behavior, skills, and mindset to make intuitive strategic decision while appropriately managing uncertainty and risk  
  • Represent innovation with multiple stakeholders including brand marketing, operations finance and retail customers
  • Align and Influence leadership to make optimal prioritization and commercialization decisions
  • Manage the innovation metrics that support overall profitability
  • Assist in building internal innovation capabilities and help to shape a culture of creativity and innovating thinking
  • Manage a small team of innovation professionals to meet innovation goals

No Relocation Assistance available for this position.
No Sponsorship available for this position.



·         Sets a high standard for performance.  Pursues goals with purpose and a sense of urgency

·         Creates an inclusive and creative environment

·         Persists despite set-backs and works to gain acceptance for ideas

·         Rallies behind the vision and exhibits optimism

·         Comfortable with ambiguity and excitement about envisioning the future

·         Passion to take initiative and drive change

·         Exceptional communication skill sets in translating disparate sources of information into concise and compelling propositions and stories


·         Bachelor’s degreerequired, MBApreferred


·         8 + years of relevant work experience

·         4 + years in the consumer packaged goods industry

·         4 + years of brand marketingexperience with proven innovation success; either new product development, creation of new business models, start-up experience or other entrepreneurial ventures (food industry experiencepreferred)

·         Understanding of how consumer insights drive the development of effective innovation concepts

·         Proven experience in innovation management – proposes and executes plans that add value and create competitive advantage based on knowledge of how the business works

·         Have previous experience launching multiple new products, including at least one major product from inception to launch

·         Strong analytical capability and ability to lead / influence a cross functional team

·         People management experience

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