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Discovery Manager

Physics Road, Nerudia Liverpool, England, United Kingdom, L24 9HP

Discovery Manager

  • NE02955
  • Physics Road, Nerudia Liverpool, England, United Kingdom, L24 9HP

Job Description

Discovery Manager

Liverpool or Bristol

About Us

We're a truly international company, fourth largest in our industry and operating across 120 markets. An inclusive, innovative global FMCG business supported by over 27,500 employees. As we embrace a new era of growth, we are transforming. Our ways of working and culture are driven by a challenger mindset, constantly questioning the status quo. Our agility and entrepreneurial spirit, alongside award winning development programmes, enable innovation and success while creating exciting and rewarding career choices. As we move forward, our customers will be at the heart of what we do, evolving to needs and expectations and committing to a more meaningful contribution to harm reduction by building a successful NGP business. Integral to our long-term success is our sustainability strategy, behaving responsibly and supporting our ambitions, all underpinned by high governance. Encouraging inclusion at local levels and supporting a developing and robust diversity agenda globally, we’re fully committed to creating and maintaining an environment that celebrates and respects difference.

The Role

A new role working in the Discovery pillar of Imperial’s central Innovation function. Reporting to the Head of Discovery, this role will have a global remit and will be part of the team specifically responsible for identifying disruptive future innovation opportunities for Imperial. This includes incubating ideas that span multiple categories/brands and development of new ideas which expand beyond the existing product and brand portfolio.

Additional Information

This role is focussed on the Discovery pillar of the Innovation function. This team is responsible for identifying and developing cross-category opportunities and themes to potentially disrupt existing business models or enter adjacent categories, including driving forward the organisation’s ESG and Healthier Future agenda. To have impact on the innovation programme, the Discovery Manager needs to demonstrate curiosity, show collaboration with technical, marketing and sales teams inside the company and outside. A collaborative mindset, excellent influencing and team building skills are also relevant characteristics.

Principle Accountabilities

Facilitating development of the innovation funnel:

  • Support identification of novel innovation opportunity spaces by leveraging consumer, competitor, technology, and market insights
  • Identify and articulate unmet consumer needs and new demand shifts to support development of ideas within innovation opportunity spaces emerging
  • Incubate emerging category ideas into concepts to fulfil business needs
  • Look for opportunities of new business models in terms of supporting behavioural change to healthier solutions and higher profitability for new generation products
  • Support development of the BOSCARD for category ideas
  • Leverage a holistic understanding of the business strategy to define and prioritise future innovation opportunities
  • Create documents and presentations collating market and consumer insights to shape the innovation pipeline
  • Support the Head of Discovery to identify, build, and continually optimise the Discovery approach and capabilities needed to support the overall innovation strategy and projects within the pipeline
  • Conduct continual horizon scanning and technology scouting – identify and assess cutting-edge technology for potential use in our products

Developing partnerships:

  • Lead the close collaboration with procurement to build strong relationships with partners and third parties to ensure access to latest developments within Imperials partner network and underpin a lean and agile delivery model
  • Create a partnership ecosystem to enable innovation and new business models
  • Focus on technology, digital and business partners


  • Sufficiency of innovation portfolio vs. business objectives
  • Market share growth due to innovation
  • Number of qualified innovation opportunities
  • Identification of cross-category or emerging category opportunities
  • Consumer demand for novel opportunities

Key Relationships


  • Innovation and R&D
  • Global Consumer Officer teams
  • Procurement
  • Global Supply Chain
  • Global Science and Regulatory Affairs
  • Legal
  • Regional market leadership
  • Group strategy
  • Finance
  • HR


  • Innovation and ideation agencies
  • Third party innovation delivery partners
  • External Accelerators
  • Suppliers
  • Starts up
  • Digital partners
  • External peer network

Key Skills, Education & Experience


  • Educated to degree level in relevant field. Preferred in marketing/business & administration with good understanding of innovation, digital and technology spaces
  • Possible also a technical background with experience on business
  • Collaboration
  • Stakeholder management
  • Innovation
  • New product development
  • Digital
  • Delivering innovation in an FMCG environment
  • Driving growth through innovation particularly through the identification of new/untapped opportunities and solutions which truly deliver against these
  • Leveraging consumer, market, and competitor insights to deliver compelling propositions
  • Leveraging research skills, continual horizon scanning and technology scouting to identify innovation opportunities (including Open Innovation)
  • Briefing, compiling, and evaluating intelligence from internal sources e.g., direct colleague feedback and external sources e.g., consumers, the market and competitive activities to identify cross category opportunities and themes
  • Building strong collaborative and influential relationships with a range of stakeholders


  • 5+ years’ experience in discovery, innovation roles
  • New Business models
  • Consumer behavioural change
  • Delivering ideation and innovation in a tobacco environment
  • Delivering ideation and innovation in a pharmaceutical and wellbeing environment
  • Delivering ideation in a food environment

What We Offer

Competitive salary, bonus scheme, pension, and 25 days holiday (with an additional 4 days on top to cover the Christmas period, and bank holidays), flexible working policy, corporate discounts, Health Cash Plan, and other wellbeing initiatives.

Next Steps

Interested applicants are encouraged to apply, highlighting their suitability for the above post.

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