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Innovation Project Manager (FTC)

Liverpool, UK - Douglas, Isle of Man, Liverpool UK, United Kingdom

Innovation Project Manager (FTC)

  • NE03451
  • Liverpool, UK - Douglas, Isle of Man, Liverpool UK, United Kingdom

Job Description

Innovation Project Manager, FTC


About Us

We are 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 are fully committed to creating and maintaining an environment that celebrates and respects difference

The Role

A new role within the Process and Governance pillar of Imperial’s central Innovation function. Reporting to the Innovation Project Manager, this role will have global remit and will support the end-to-end project management for innovation projects within the pipeline. Working closely with the Category Project Leads, Innovation Project Managers will manage multiple innovation projects concurrently, enabling and ensuring Project Management Practice is applied consistently throughout the Ideation to Launch Process, to ensure the successful delivery of strategically important Product Innovation Initiatives.

Additional Information

The Innovation function forms a critical part of this GCO structure. The department will be organised around key innovation capabilities, with one Innovation team delivering across all categories (Combustibles, EVP, HTP and OND). The role of Innovation will be to enable Imperial to deliver consumer-centric, commercially viable innovations that are aligned with the business strategy. Innovation will achieve this through:

  • Delivering R&D activities: End-to-end technical design and delivery of innovation products and packs, leveraging both in-house capabilities and external parties to facilitate the launch of category-led, consumer-centric innovations into market.
  • Developing partnerships: The Innovation function will collaborate closely with Procurement to build strong relationships with partners and third parties to underpin a lean and agile delivery model that enables speed to market.
  • Facilitating development of the innovation funnel: Guide Imperial to make the right business decisions about innovation projects through identifying future technical solutions and supporting cross-category generation, qualification and prioritisation of solution opportunity areas based on consumer, competitor and market insights.

Stewardship of the innovation pipeline and process: The Innovation function oversees Imperial’s innovation process, from Ideation to Launch. The Process and Governance pillar of the Innovation function owns this enterprise-wide process and drives continuous improvement to ensure more efficient and effective delivery of innovation. The team will also manage the portfolio of projects through the stage gates, ensure adherence to the relevant branches of the process and run the governance forums to ensure timely, insight-led decision making and OTIF delivery.

Principle Accountabilities

  • Supporting the Innovation Project Manager with the tasks and initiatives that are part of the Innovation Program for specific Category
  • Supporting other Innovation Project Managers on specific projects or representing during leave
  • Lead the end-to-end project delivery of innovation initiatives, working closely with Category Project Leads
  • Create and maintain the end-to-end project / programme plan, including highlighting the critical path and ensuring any variances that impact upon it are communicated to the Project Lead
  • Create and maintain of all project / programme level documentation (budget, risk & issues, resource, change, action etc.), including highlighting any material variances from plan to Project Lead
  • Ensure all required input is gathered and collated from project/programme team to enable creation of project reports
  • Coordinate, facilitate and document (if required) E2E project planning workshop
  • Coordinate, facilitate and document (if required) stage gate project team meetings to gather required input for stage gate forum
  • Coordinate, facilitate and document (if required) weekly stand up meetings with delivery leads
  • Coordinate, facilitate and document ad hoc project meetings as required (risk management, lessons learnt etc.)
  • Liaise closely with Project Lead(s) to ensure all project planning and reporting is understood and accurate, and any risks and/or issues are highlighted
  • Actively identify, mitigate, and escalate (as appropriate) any key risks associated with Innovation pipeline projects
  • Identify recommendations resulting from analysis and reporting of the of the innovation portfolio vs. business objectives
  • Work closely with Category Project Leads to ensure project lessons learnt are captured and fed into the appropriate feedback loop following project closure

Key Relationships


  • Innovation Project Management Team
  • Chief Consumer Officer
  • Head of Innovation Operations and Process
  • Head of R&D
  • Head of Discovery
  • Marketing and Portfolio Management
  • Manufacturing and Supply Chain
  • Procurement
  • Insights & Intelligence
  • Group Science & Regulatory Affairs
  • Corporate Legal Affairs
  • Region & Cluster Leadership
  • Group Strategy
  • Finance
  • Human Resources
  • Group Information Technology


  • Third party innovation delivery partners
  • External peer network

Education, Key Skills & Experience


  • Educated to degree level in relevant field
  • Professional Project Management Qualification (e.g. Prince 2, PMP)
  • Project & Programme Management
  • Collaboration
  • Stakeholder management
  • Product development
  • Commercial awareness
  • Strategic planning
  • Budget management


  • Project managing innovation or product development projects in an FMCG environment
  • Working with project management tools
  • Effectively planning, managing and reporting on complex innovation projects
  • Building strong collaborative and influential relationships with a range of stakeholders
  • Monitoring and managing a portfolio of innovation projects
  • Effectively managing and escalating risks in innovation projects


  • Process management Experience
  • Project managing innovation or product development projects in a tobacco environment
  • Project managing innovation or product development projects in a pharmaceutical 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 to the above post.

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