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Optimum Nutrition Brand Manager - Innovation

Date: May 14, 2019

Location: Downers Grove, IL, US, 60515

Company: Glanbia

Optimum Nutrition (ON) makers of Gold Standard Whey à #1 ranked Protein Powder Brand in the world.   ON is a leader in sports nutrition, is a full line manufacturer of protein supplements, ready-to-drink beverages, nutrition bars and performance enhancement products.  

The Innovation Manager is responsible for leading and directing key North American innovation platform activities, reporting to the Director of Optimum Nutrition.  This position will be responsible for interpreting business strategy, consumer insights, industry data and lead cross functional teams to bring product concepts from ideation to commercialization.


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, 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, and internal stakeholders.

Job Responsibilities:

Innovation Management:

  • Leads the product development process and develops business case to assess market potential
  • Partners with other functional areas to quickly bring viable new products to market
  • Commercializes line extensions that can be launched within 12 months
  • Bring strategy, consumer insights, white space opportunities for the brand and concepts to life from ideation to commercialization
  • Lead innovation projects through the product & packaging development process (Stage Gate – Project Management)
  • Be able to set up product concepts that will win amongst competitive landscape and deliver on internal margin targets (product P&L experience)
  • Communicate effectively and accurately all relevant project information to stakeholders
  • Monitor timelines and key milestones to ensure efficient, on-time delivery
  • Brief & manage internal process to create and develop new packaging labels
  • Coordinate cross-functional teams: Insights/Research & Development, Creative, Sales/ Marketing, Quality and Supply Chain
  • Ability to adjust to changing priorities, deal with ambiguity and work with a variety of stakeholders
  • Ability to influence internal stakeholders and understand global complexities
  • Demonstrated ability for multi-tasking, attention to detail, accuracy

Brand Management:

  • Develops market and competitive analysis leveraging syndicated and propriety data to aid in annual marketing plan development and future innovation plan
  • Analyzes market trends and recommend changes/optimization to marketing and product strategies based on analysis and feedback
  • Develop ON innovation pipeline
  • Responsible for managing and reporting of brand budget and Innovation KPIs
  • Maximize profitability of assigned product groups
  • Develop and implement annual brand plans (Innovation portion)
  • Ensures Legal approval of all documents, contracts and materials that touch external stakeholders
  • Works closely with the Director to bring activation plans to life through agency relationships (for innovation launches)


Minimum Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Master’s degree or MBA preferred not required
  • 2-5 years of experience required, preferably in like industry or consumer packaged goods
  • We work at a fast-pace, and this role will require multi-threaded work streams
  • Passionate and knowledgeable about sports nutrition, fitness, wellness industry is a plus
  • Communicates effectively and builds relationships with internal/external stakeholders
  • Strong presentation skills and ability to persuade audiences (internal and external key stakeholders)
  • Team player and ability to work well and build strong relationships with cross-functional teams
  • Results oriented with high level of initiative and assertiveness
  • Strong cross-functional project management skills
  • Self-starting problem solver the effectively used fact-base rationale
  • Organized and responsive
  • Strong analytical skills
  • P&L/budget management experience


Equal Opportunity Employer: Disability/Veteran. We are an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer that does not discriminate and considers all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status.

Nearest Major Market: Chicago