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Product Innovation Manager

Bensons for Beds
Closing date
1 Dec 2021

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Full Time
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About Bensons for Beds

No 'one size fits all' when it comes to finding the perfect sleep experience for customers and that's why at Bensons for Beds we put Sleep Wellness™ at the heart of everything we do. With nearly 70 years of retail and 100 years of manufacturing experience in sourcing the best quality beds, frames and mattresses, at Bensons we understand how to design the perfect, tailored sleep experience.

We have 190+ locations across our retail, manufacturing and distribution sites, employing c 1800 colleagues. Under new ownership of Alteri Investors we have an ambitious 3 year plan to grow the business further and achieve our mission of becoming the market leading bed retailer with a strong omnichannel presence.

Our Benefits!

In return for your contribution to the team's performance, we offer a competitive base salary of £35,000 plus all these extra benefits:

  • *Employee discount scheme for Bensons products
  • *'Perks' discounts from numerous high street and online retailers and service providers to save you money on your everyday purchases and bigger expenses such as holidays and travel, electrical goods, motoring and leisure products etc.
  • *Pension scheme - provided by Legal & General
  • *Healthshield cashback options for Health and wellbeing services (dental, optical, virtual GP, other hospital services and more)
  • Access to Retail Trust services (guidance and support on retail issues, mental health, wellbeing & financial topics)
  • Learning and development programmes to gain new knowledge and skills
  • Career progression - access to internal opportunities to build your career within Bensons for Beds
  • *Long service awards and 'Love to Shop' voucher rewards to spend as you like
  • 28 days holiday, rising to 31 after 2 years' service

(*qualifying periods apply)

The Role - Product Innovation Manager

We are currently looking for an experienced Product Innovation Manager to join our team.

The purpose of the role is to work across the mattress, bedframe, sofabed, bedroom furniture and softs categories covering development of in-life and new to market product ranges.

Daily responsibilities include:
  • Support Head of Design and Development to ensure company development strategies and targets are met creating detailed product briefs to include industry leading innovation.
  • A test & learn approach, assessing opportunities either presented to us from our current supply base but also sourcing new partnerships.
  • To liaise with commercial team, analysing sales performance, product reviews and market insights to inform a development strategy.
  • Embracing the 'green revolution' developing solutions the help people sleep smarter and cut carbon emissions, supporting the company on our journey to be Net Zero by 2040. Develop product briefs with a focus on sustainable research with key suppliers / manufacturers.
  • Presenting product innovation ideas to the senior team, recommend market leading products to enhance the product portfolio.
  • Create content to amplify the innovation activities across the business.
  • Managing & delivering commercial objectives.
  • Demonstrate persistence to ensure all project team members deliver on their accountabilities.
  • To help drive a culture on innovation.
  • Collaborate with NPI, Quality & Compliance teams across supply base.
  • Liaise with marketing colleagues to support on technical information.
  • Attend trade shows in both UK and Europe when required.

Skills needed

Through your passion for innovation and experience in product development you will foster new ideas for creativity during the development lifecycle, help to fast-track new developments into the bedrooms of our customers. From white space ideation and new product management, you'll work with technical innovation suppliers / manufacturing specialists to make sure the ranges we offer to our customers are the most exciting and profiable they can be.

We are looking for an experienced Product Innovation Manager with the following skills, experience and attributes to be successful in this role:

  • New product development experience is essential.
  • Strong orgnanisational skills and excellent communication skills are essential.
  • The ability to build strong relationships with Key Stakeholders and work collaboratively to facilitate the delivery of overall business strategy is essential.
  • Confident presentation skills are essential.
  • A keen eye for detail and best practice is essential.
  • Integrity and a strong commerical capacity is essential.
  • Homeware or furniture / mattress industry experience is desirable.
  • Comfortable with hands-on problem solving is desirable.
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