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Manager, Innovation & Sustainability

Date: Jul 22, 2022

Location: Downers Grove, IL, US, 60515

Company: Glanbia

Glanbia Performance Nutrition (GPN) is a leader in sports nutrition, is a full line manufacturer of protein supplements, ready-to-drink beverages, nutrition bars and performance enhancement products. Glanbia has evolved to become a leading global performance nutrition and ingredients group employing more than 5,800 people across 34 countries worldwide.


The Innovation Manager is responsible for leading and directing key global innovation platform activities and sustainable packaging initiatives, reporting to the Director of Innovation - Global.  The primary responsibilities of this position are to lead the strategic, consumer insight and product development functions to unlock new global innovation and coordinate/lead sustainable packaging initiatives with the brand teams. This position will have to interpret business strategy and determine innovative solutions supporting strategy implementation, gathering core consumer insights, industry data and lead cross functional team member process or timing. In particular, the Innovation and Sustainability Manager will work closely with the Insights team to develop research, analyze and support the global strategic dig sites as well as sustainable packaging strategies.


Successful applicants must demonstrate understanding of the sports nutrition category and/or have deep curiosity for the sports nutrition industry, ingredients and nutrition. The right candidate needs to speak with some authority on product the ability to juggle multiple projects, lead cross functional teams, interact with regional counterparts and must demonstrate good organizational, analytical, and communication skills. The Innovation Manager needs to effectively and accurately communicate relevant project information to the project team, regional counterparts and internal stakeholders.

Required Skills:

  • Strategic thinking and strong execution capabilities to develop long term & global innovation pipeline across multiple brands
  • Lead innovation projects through the front end of innovation process
  • Communicate effectively and accurately all relevant project information to stakeholders
  • Monitor timelines and key milestones to ensure efficient, on-time delivery
  • Coordinate cross-functional teams: Regional Innovation Teams, Regional Brand teams, Insights and Analytics, Research & Development, Creative Services, Sales/Regional Marketing, Packaging, and Supply Chain
  • Ability to adjust to changing priorities, deal with ambiguity and work with a variety of stakeholders
  • Ability to influence regional leads and understand global complexities
  • Demonstrated ability for multi-tasking, attention to detail, accuracy of figures/mathematics
  • Robust planning skills to accurately scope out length and difficulty of tasks, objectives, and goals

Required Experience:

  • Bachelor in Business. MBA preferred but not mandatory
  • +4 years of experience with majority of the time leading Innovation and/or sustainable packaging initiatives
  • Proficient in MS Project and the MS Office Suite of products.
  • Effective communication skills including verbal, written and presentation skills
  • Proven ability to work effectively both independently and in a team based environment
  • Demonstrated willingness to be flexible and adaptable to changing priorities
  • Strong multi-tasking and organizational skills

At Glanbia, we celebrate diversity, because we know that our individual strengths make us stronger together. We welcome and encourage interest from a wide variety of candidates, and we will give your application consideration, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender perception or identity, national origin, age, marital status, protected veteran status, or disability status. 


At Glanbia our culture will celebrate individuality, knowing that together we are more.

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