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Global Senior Innovation Manager

Job Name

Global Senior Innovation Manager


United Kingdom




Marketing - Communication - PR

Reporting Line:

Global Innovation Director

Job type:

Full time

Lead recruiter:

Hayley Snowball

About the role

Your Opportunity

With Innovation a key enabler of realizing our company ambitions, you will help lead the transformation of how Bacardi identifies, develops, commercializes and evaluates consumer-centric product innovation.  You will support the organization in ensuring that we delight our consumers in their future moments that matter and dramatically accelerate innovation’s contribution to building our iconic brands and driving stronger business growth.

About You 
  • You are fearlessly curious brand marketer with a restless passion for creating product experiences that delight consumers and unleash growth. 
  • You have a proven track record of leading and delivering multiple product launches from ideation through to launch, championing what is right for the consumer while ensuring strong commercial results.
  • You have a hunger for challenging the status quo and driving change that will deliver the future.


With our Consumer at the heart, your key focus will be to:
  • Support your team and the broader organization in further defining and implementing the company Product Innovation Strategy that puts the consumer at the heart of our approach and dramatically increases innovation contribution 
  • Partner with the Business Development, Disruptive Innovation and Digital Innovation teams as required to ensure a coordinated and strategically coherent company-wide approach to innovation
  • Support the broader Innovation community to deliver compelling innovation projects that leverage our existing portfolio of brands to meet new and unmet consumer needs while strengthening the equity of the brands
  • Responsible for identifying and delivering outstanding and distinctive portfolio-wide platform innovation initiatives and new brand propositions that are grounded in consumer and cultural understanding and satisfy consumer needs that cannot be met by our current portfolio of brands
  • Partnering with the Insight Director and Global Innovation Director on uncovering and understanding future where to play opportunities and creating the roadmap to bring them to life for the business
  • Inspire and coach the extended team of brand and market product innovation leads who will embed and drive the transformation approach in their respective businesses
  • Role model and champion a fearless but disciplined innovation mindset among our Primos (our name for employees, which means cousin in Spanish)
  • Leverage your previous expertise in raising our innovation capability by supporting the Global Innovation Director on the codification and embedding of best practices and the development and roll out of the Product Innovation modules within the Bacardi Way of Growth 
  • Support the cross-functional innovation (Operations, Finance, Insights, Commercial) team responsible for delivering the improvements in our approach to developing and commercializing product innovation
  • Champion the latest technology and digital enablers to accelerate our product innovation transformation

Skills and Experience

The Skills & Experience needed to create your legacy

You will likely be an experienced FMCG brand marketer who has had extensive end to end innovation experience on leading consumer brands in your career to date. You will have:
  • Broad and deep experience of end to end consumer products innovation from opportunity identification to launch commercialization
  • Comprehensive understanding of consumer-centered, innovation development processes and best in class commercialization
  • Strong relationship building skills and proven ability to influence across senior levels in the Innovation, Marketing and Commercial communities and create alignment within cross-functional teams and with stakeholders from a broad variety of markets and cultural backgrounds 
  • Strong strategic sense with ability to simplify the complex and turn possibilities in to commercial reality; strong track record of delivering results
  • Strong organizational and project management skills, 
  • Creativity to develop solutions that will disrupt the future moments that matter for our consumers and good creative judgment in a product development and design context
  • Proven ability to coach and mentor others to adopt best practices and raise their capabilities
  • Spirits or beverage alcohol experience helpful but not required, experience of FMCG brands is required
  • Digitally savvy and an advocate for leveraging technology to drive productivity and efficiency   
  • Commercial and financial acumen
Personal Qualities
  • High Integrity, Passion to Win, Servant Leader 
  • Fearlessly curious
  • Able to influence and inspire stakeholders at all levels 
  • Committed to developing self and others
  • Practical problem solver who thrives on achieving strong results

Our culture

We share the passion and entrepreneurial flair of our founder and are guided by our three culture pillars - Fearless, Family and Founders, they inspire our Primos to be the best they can be and drive us forward in all we do. But what does this mean?

·       Being Fearless; means adopting an agile mindset, being comfortable trying new things and taking risks. We are empowered to question, challenge and innovate.

·       Family; We treat each other, and our communities, like Family. Always.

·       Founders; The spirit of entrepreneurship is at the heart of everything we do. We see the business as if it’s our own. We do the right thing for the business and we all take accountability for our work.

When you join Bacardi, you become part of our family and gain more than just a job.

Disclaimer: Bacardi is an equal opportunity employer that values workforce diversity. Diversity is core to our business: by embedding diversity into all aspects of our culture, we maximize the opportunity to achieve sustainable business success and growth. The duties and responsibilities described in the role profile might not be a comprehensive list.