Job Title NPD Personal Care & Cosmetics Manager
Company Information We are a Sharjah based, reputable international organization engaged in the manufacture and global marketing of Perfumes, Cosmetics and Personal Care products. Established in 1974, the International group today comprises of 14 companies involved, primarily in developing, manufacturing and distributing fragrances, color cosmetics, skin care, bath care and other personal care products.
Our group is present in over 75 countries across the world through group company distribution and manufacturing companies or through independent sales and distribution set-ups. The group's state-of-the-art manufacturing units are located in the UAE, South Africa & India.
The group is managed by skilled professionals and committed staff members in our various companies across the world. People are recognized as one of our most valuable assets. The group employs more than 1000 people worldwide, from over 20 different countries.
We are looking for driven, energetic, entrepreneurial and dynamic people who are committed to constantly over-achieving, to join the Scion family.
Department New Product Development
Reporting Structure Direct to CEO
Location Sharjah, UAE
Qualifications Required Degree from reputable university in Packaging development. Masters in a related degree would be an added advantage.
Experience Required At least 10 years of experience of working in a NPD role. 5 years of this should have been at a Manager or higher position.
Majority of this time should have been spent working with personal care or color cosmetics brands. Should be familiar with print packaging, moulded components and other common packaging materials such as aluminum cans, glass bottles, labels etc.
Unilever Gulf / HindustanLevel / P&G / ITC Consumer Goods / Biersdorf / Patanjali / Godrej / Himalaya / LOreal / Revlon / Dabur / Marico / Colgate-Palmolive / Emami / Gillette.
Job Purpose To develop innovative & exciting products across a wide range of personal care and cosmetics categories based on innovative concepts, market trends & customer requirements.
Principal Accountabilities & Responsibilities Responsible for managing the full NPD process, for all cosmetics & personal care categories we operate in.
Market research & analysis to identify trends and the most current fashions (cosmetics). This will include trends in packaging, fashion, colours and new product formats.
Provide regular competitor analysis and reports from the internet, market research, store visits and trade fairs to identify emerging trends / ideas.
Linking up with sales teams to improve knowledge of our different markets, and feed these insights into NPD process.
Initiating and managing the NPD process from start to finish holding overall responsibility & accountability for timely delivery and high quality in the end product. Must have very strong project management skills.
Holding relevant departments accountable for delivery of inputs to ensure on time delivery of NPD.
Will be responsible for overall project management
Developing concept briefs based on market insights & customer requirements.
Linking up with R&D, Purchase & sales teams to ensure as many relevant insights are brought into the NPD process, all the way through to getting the product ready to be produced.
Writing of artwork briefs.
Writing of graphic design briefs.
Set benchmarks, approve color and print production and attend print runs to ensure quality is met
Feeding back to design teams on design renders.
Will be dealing with a large number of categories, and a very rapid NPD pipeline.
Working with relevant departments to ensure we can match product briefs to costing targets.
Building and improving internal processes & systems, to make the NPD process for effective & efficient.
Assessing all current own label ranges, to identify product gaps, and areas for improvement.
Skills & Competencies Required Shown very strong project management skills.
Good Knowledge of packaging development
Good knowledge of Packaging Designs for FMCG products
Innovation in Packaging concepts
Good understanding of Engineering drawings
High levels of initiative, able to identify and exploit opportunities found without needing prompting.
Spent considerable time working with personal care or color cosmetics.
Very experienced in managing the end to end NPD process.
Highly organized, used to dealing with multiple categories & brands and able to stay on top of it.
Very process orientated, shown clear ability to develop systems and process for improving team efficiency.
Shown consistent ability to operate to tight deadlines and budgets.
Shows keen interest in cosmetics/beauty areas.
Proficient at market research, able to identify market trends.
Able to manage, motivate and train team members.
Constantly trying to improve knowledge of the cosmetics/personal care categories, and attitude to want to continually innovate and improve our products.
Very strong English, written and verbal communication skills.
Able to work and adapt to an unstructured environment.
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