Innovation Manager - Dairy

Gatwick, GB, RH6 0PA

Position Snapshot

Business area: Nestlé UK & Ireland

Location: Gatwick Head Office

Salary up to £40,000 depending on experience + Potential Bonus + Excellent Benefits

Position Summary

We’re currently recruiting for an Innovation Manager to join our Food & Dairy business based at our Gatwick Head office, reporting into the Business Transformation Lead. This is a brand new role within the team and really is one of our most exciting opportunities across our marketing function. This role will see you support a number of strategic dairy transformation projects for the UK&I Market whilst working closely with EMENA stakeholders to create a world class NPD pipeline. It will focus on projects outside of our existing portfolio to extend our category footprint, with a specific focus on accelerating our presence within the dairy alternative category.

A day in the life of an Innovation Manager...

You’ll support the creation and execution of the innovation strategy and assist key projects for the UK&I Dairy business. Turning insight into products and services that consumers love. You’ll do this by


  • Working in collaboration with our R&D, Commercial and Factory teams to develop compelling NPD propositions based on consumer led insight that fit within white spaces identified. Turning ideas into reality that our consumers will love!
  • Being a voice for the UK&I market across multi-market project groups, that ensures we deliver the very best NPD pipeline that supports our ambitious growth plans.
  • Facilitating a partnership with the Central Swiss and EMNA teams to identify opportunities to ‘lift and shift’ innovation at scale that leverages best practices.
  • Commercialising concepts to support customers and Nestlé growth ambitions.
  • Supporting to build capability across our commercial team to launch innovation successfully and at pace.


Ultimately, you’ll play a pivotal role in accelerating our upstream innovation strategy and proof of concept, working with a wide range of cross-functional project teams.

What will make you successful

We are looking for an experienced innovation marketing professional with a great academic background. Essentially, you’ll have proven marketing experience ideally within a top ten FMCG companies and have an innovation bias. You’ll have already demonstrated your ability to support innovation projects successfully and have played a key role in innovation launches previously. Having solid project management and analytical skills coupled with your highly organised approach is essential as is the need to be comfortable working with ambiguity.

What you need to know

What can we offer in return? Great benefits you’d expect from a business the size of Nestlé – in the shape of a competitive salary and benefits package, bonus scheme, flexible working scheme, 25 days holiday plus statutory holidays plus flex leave, pension scheme and a real focus on personal development and growth. 


This is a full time permanent opportunity but we are always open to discuss individual’s flexible working needs so please speak to use during the recruitment process to understand what this could look like for you.  


The closing date for this role is Tuesday 11th August.


We will be considering candidates as they apply and we will occasionally close job advertisements early in the event we receive sufficient applicants, so please don’t delay in submitting your application. 


At Nestlé, our values are rooted in respect – for our employees, our customers and our consumers.  That’s why championing diversity and inclusion is so important to us; when we embrace different perspectives and give everyone the chance to be the best they can be, we can think in new, creative ways that grow and enhance our business. We are committed to equal opportunity for all and we may collect relevant data for monitoring purposes during our candidate registration process.  Be yourself, everyone else is taken! 



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