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Innovation Director- Elida Beauty

Work Location – Liverpool, UK

Job Type - Full Time

Who we are … we are Elida Beauty

Elida Beauty is a very exciting new beauty and personal care business within Unilever. We re-found iconic brands by remixing them for today’s generation, making them even bigger beauty hits than they were first time around. Our remixes democratize beauty, because we want everyone on the ‘beauty dance floor’ with our top-quality products at a great value.

Driven by our colleague’s creativity, agility and close connection with consumers, customers, and suppliers we are able to unleash the true potential of our loved brands with a fresh start. We ‘Re-Found’ them using a start-up mentality that always ‘finds a way’. Our ‘no silos’, one team approach drives both personal and business growth so that together we deliver outcomes that are music to the ears of consumers, customers, colleagues and the planet alike.

The Role

The Elida Beauty Innovation Director will be responsible for acting as the key R&D business partner to the marketing teams across a defined selection of the €600M portfolio of brands, developing and delivering the renovation and innovation roadmaps to bring sustained and exceptional growth to these brands. Reporting directly to the Head of R&D you will be key to developing and driving the growth direction of the brands, whilst ensuring continued product improvement from all angles – whether improved consumer experience, reduced costs, better for the planet, faster execution or any other factors that you determine to be critical for success. You will be working incredibly closely with the small, tight knit, entrepreneurial Elida Beauty cross-functional team – and as such your opportunity to drive business thinking and direction will be both large and critical to success. You will be developing skills and knowledge that will go far beyond that of any typical process expert or relationship manager. This will be your opportunity to drive the agenda and approach for brands that are recognisable household names and under your guidance will return to the growth and prominence they deserve.

Key responsibilities:

Act as R&D business partner with the relevant regional business unit leadership team with special focus on partnering Marketing on the innovation process

Member of R&D leadership team to define future R&D capability requirements and external partnerships to meet the needs of the business

Lead the definition and delivery of the Elida Beauty Innovation and Renovation roadmaps winning at first and sconed moments of truth, to drive growth within all Elida Beauty brands, whilst driving improvements across key metrics such as technical performance, consumer benefits, sustainability and cost

Develop brand strategy to win in all channels, taking into account different consumer expectations and SC requirements

Development and execution of claims strategies to support business objectives

Ensure all developments meet safety, regulatory and quality needs and expectations

Ensure relevant and meaningful communication of product benefits to internal and external partners through development of appropriate stories and claims. Lead presentation and sharing internally and externally to support business growth.

Lead development, empowerment and engagement of direct report supporting Innovation execution, including defining workplans and line management for WL1


10+ years experience in technical roles specializing in product formulation and/or research in the consumer package goods industry, with 5+ years experience of technical project leadership or similar. Experience with CTI / claims a plus.

Scientific degree in a relevant field, or alternative transferable technical qualification

Track record of delivering products to market, through working with x-functional teams and external partners

Stakeholder and risk management and experience of partnering to develop total business case solutions and resolving issues to enable project delivery

Ability to execute with an 80:20 mindset, managing expectation of and addressing ensuing issues with maximum agility.

Engaging orator, with ability to discuss and share ideas to people with differing levels of technical background both internally and externally

People leadership experience, with demonstrated examples of people development and coaching over multiple years.

Who you are:

We are looking for someone to lead the Elida Beauty brands into an exciting new space – challenging the status quo and acting as a true Business Partner to bring improved products to the market, improving the lives of consumers, customers and the broader world.

You are a change maker:

You are constantly looking to improve the world and consumer experiences through product development, and create new ways to deliver more value to Elida Beauty’s business growth.

You love to win, and have fun doing it:

An infectious passion for success is a must. You are detail-orientated, but not risk adverse, with an ability to manage multiple fast-track projects in a collaborative team environment. By combining technical knowledge with a passion for creative problem-solving, you never hesitate to act when faced project obstacles.

You are a story teller:

You communicate technical product successes by translating into a business impact message. You adapt to an audience and influence direction across project functions and categories.

You are a leader:

You are able to inspire and build a vision with those around you, developing total product solutions with the consumer at the heart of all ideas, and delivering unprecedented growth to our brands. You grow those around you to new heights that even they did not think possible.

Join Us...

To ensure that your personal creativity helps to unlock our potential, we will upskill and reskill you. We will develop leading-edge digital marketing skills and best-in-class teamworking capabilities.

Most importantly, we will give you the autonomy to use them like a ‘founder’. We will help you to think like a CEO so that we all focus on delivering our Purpose and so you drive growth as you develop. Imagine how good we will feel when we see that our creativity reignites growth in the business because consumers embrace our new ideas.

Better for our consumers, better for the world and better for each of us

The way we manufacture, package and distribute our products will be better for everyone and for the planet. We will bring a new meaning to diversity and inclusion by providing access to beauty products that suit every kind of skin and hair.

Excited about the Role?

Please apply online. Your application will be reviewed against our requirements and we will be in touch to provide you with an update on the status of your application.