New Product Development Director Cosmetics

Employer
Meridian Business Support
Location
Brighton, UK
Salary
Competitive
Closing date
3 Oct 2020

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Sector
Retail
Contract Type
Permanent
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As a high growth, innovative business we offer an incredible cruelty-free, vegan product to the cosmeticsmarketplace. We are rapidly growing into an international brand and we know the way forwards is not to follow trends but set them. In order to maintain our growth, we recognise that we need the right people to help us grow, and this is where your professional background, as our New Product Development Director is required. We are looking for passion for the sector, business knowledge and commercial acumen, self-confidence, vision, credibility, resilience, and for you to be a "master of communication". This role will be a key member of our leadership team reporting directly to the Chief Executive Officer with a dotted line into our MD. You will work across silos especially in tandem with colleagues from Marketing, Operations and Compliance.

As New Product Development Director we will look to you to define the future for us, forecasting the shape of future demand within our cosmetic specialties. Prior senior operational and business experience, in a cosmetics-based marketplace, is a prerequisite, but hugely important will be experience of buying, sourcing and designing new products. We see this as someone coming from either a senior retail buying position or perhaps having worked in product development from a cosmetics or beauty brand previously; we are open to ideas.

The role is part market forecasting and intelligence, part product design, and part international procurement. The role does not come with 'a team' and is new to the business due to our recent fantastic growth record. It is a roll-your-sleeves up position where you will have the autonomy to follow-your-own-ideas-all-the-way-through. This will be an extremely exciting opportunity for the right person.

From your knowledge of the cosmetics and beauty world, you will instinctively know what is missing from our portfolios or what add-ons, cross selling options or diversification's we need to develop in the market. All our suppliers are currently based overseas; so international buying experience of cosmetics for retail in the UK, is what we're looking for. In summary your role will be to imagine the future, inspiring our CEO with your own ideas and/or be able to interpret their mind and vision to bring thoughts to life. Design, source, and procure new products, and then launch to market.

Our office is based in Brighton; however, this role offers a degree of flexibility regards location. We are looking to offer a competitive salary of £60-70k for someone with a demonstrable career linked to the description above. Please contact our exclusive recruitment business partner Shirley Willis of Meridian Business Support, who will talk you through our opportunity in more depth.

Meridian Business Support is acting on behalf of our Client as a Recruitment Agency.
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