Background & Purpose of the JobLaunched in 1838, Knorr is Unilever’s 2nd largest brand globally and has developed into one of the most iconic food brands. Here in the US, we are paving the way when it comes to being a force for good with the purpose of making good food accessible to all North Americans. Knorr owns flavor and is famous for delivering affordable products that people use everyday in their kitchens to bring exiting flavors to their dishes.Knorr has unlimited growth potential in North America. It is not only a fast-growing brand, but it is doing so by growing our categories. Our brand is at the start of an exciting transformation which involves taking our innovation to the next level to drive unprecedented growth and reach our ambitious target.The Senior Manager Knorr Innovation will report to the Head of Innovation and Many Americas. This role will have responsibility for transforming the way Knorr shows up in the eyes, and hearts of consumers, evolving the portfolio over the next few years, by crafting a real compelling long-term Innovation funnel within the Meal Makers and Mini Meal categories for US and Canada to bring the brand to new heights.What You’ll Do
Your every day job will involve plenty of strategic thinking and crafting. This includes deeply understanding consumer jobs, pains and gains, creating brilliant concepts as well as crafting products using new and breakthrough technologies and formats that deliver superior benefits.
You will lead cross-functional teams, including R&D, SC, CMI, Finance. You will also often work with external partners, such as research agencies, world-class design agencies as well as the best flavor experts globally.
The scope of this role will be NA. This means that you will be partnering with the Scratch Cooking local teams in the US and CA to design your innovations and to gain a deep understanding of different consumer trends and unique market dynamics.
Develop and lead Knorr’s big bet innovations within Meal Makers and Mini Meals for 2025-2027 from concept stage through execution. We started a journey towards a new and more premium Future-Core that will revolutionize the brand and category. Now it’s time to explore the future of these platform in 2025 and beyond.
Lead and own every aspect of your assigned innovation projects across multiple stages, specific responsibilities include strategy & concept development, pricing, P&L creation, innovation forecasting, and go-to-market creative development.
Lead a cross-functional team to develop delicious tasting products and ensure the product meets the strategy and qualified concepts.
Partner with sales to develop compelling selling stories for your innovations, rooted in category growth strategy.
Bring what’s best-in-class on the latest innovation trends and technologies, as well as competitive products to each project.
Own and manage the innovation budget and resources allocated.
Manage and develop future leaders 1 direct report (Assoc. Brand Manager).
The Senior Manager will need to bring their passion in democratizing Flavor & Nutrition trends and dynamic attitude / bias for action to impact the brand at speed to:
Define Knorr Innovation Strategic Pillars & White Spaces
Design Knorr Innovation Big Bets
Craft & Land these by working closely with Knorr cross-functional team
Collaborate with Knorr Performance teams to ensure fit with market and customers
Who You Are:We are looking for an excellent product innovator passionate about food. You will live and breathe food innovation. Not only are you passionate about making delicious, nutritious products, you are curious and interested in upskilling on industry news, competitive products, and new technologies.
You have a passion for all things marketing: Championing the consumer, shopper and customer in everything you do.
You are a strategic connector: You can connect the dots between learnings and ideas to guide the team to make decisions and develop a portfolio that is best for the business.
You are an accountable and responsible leader: you set your work at the highest standards, holding yourself accountable for delivery and holding others accountable.
You are a doer: you are passionate about making things happen, avoiding over-debate, and always keeping end goal in sight. You have a desire to make things happen & break down walls to do so.
You value relationships: You are a strong communicator that can form meaningful, trusting relationships with key partners to enable great results.
What you Need to Succeed:
Bachelor’s degree required, MBA preferred with 7+ years of experience in Brand or CPG marketing, with a minimum of 3-5 years in innovation and product management.
A creative mindset, excellent analytical and problem solving skills
Has a real passion for innovation, crafting mixes that truly excite consumers
Excellent oral/written and presentation skills; ability to tailor your communication style across a multitude of disciplines leadership levels.
Experience leading or working with large teams, with the ability to build rapport and influence cross-functional and global partners.
Strong track record of successful product launches
Foodie/Nutrition literacy coupled with an eye for aesthetic, design, and attention for details.
Comfortable with using data throughout aspects of the role, turning consumer and social insights into strategic thinking, and building viable financial models.
Pay: The pay range for this position is $110,700 to $166,000. Unilever takes into consideration a wide range of factors that are utilized in making compensation decisions including, but not limited to, skill sets, experience and training, licensure and certifications, qualifications and education, and other business and organizational needs.Bonus: This position is bonus eligible.Long-Term Incentive (LTI): This position is LTI eligible.Benefits: Unilever employees are eligible to participate in our benefits plan. Should the employee choose to participate, they can choose from a range of benefits to include, but is not limited to, health insurance (including prescription drug, dental, and vision coverage), retirement savings benefits, life insurance and disability benefits, parental leave, sick leave, paid vacation and holidays, as well as access to numerous voluntary benefits. Any coverages for health insurance and retirement benefits will be in accordance with the terms and conditions of the applicable plans and associated governing plan documents.Unilever is an organization committed to diversity and inclusion to drive our business results and create a better future every day for our diverse employees, global consumers, partners, and communities. We believe a diverse workforce allows us to match our growth ambitions and drive inclusion across the business. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability. Employment is subject to verification of pre-screening tests, which may include drug screening, background check, credit check and DMV check. If you are an individual with a disability in need of assistance at any time during our recruitment process, please contact us at NA.Accommodations@unilever.com . Please note: This email is reserved for individuals with disabilities in need of assistance and is not a means of inquiry about positions or application statuses. Job Category: Marketing, Márketing, CommercialisationJob Type: Brand ManagerIndustry: UnileverExperiencedProfessionalsFull-time