The Associate Product Developement Manager will lead a small multi-functional technical team responsible for selecting R&D projects for consumer Lawns. Direct reports includes biologists and formulators, project leadership extends to packaging engineers, regulators and marketers. The APDM is the primary commercialization liaison between R&D and the larger cross functional team. The APDM will be responsible for setting expectations, timelines, budgets, mentoring, resource management and project management. This role reports to the Director of Lawns R&D.
What you’ll do in this role:
Bring new products from inception to commercialization in the consumer Lawn market. Identify, evaluate and advocate for innovative ideas and move them through the SMG innovation process.
Provide leadership to direct report team with various functional backgrounds including biology, chemistry and engineering to develop the future generation of R&D leaders by supporting their development through coaching and performance management.
Identification and assessment of new 3rd party technologies, including the evaluation of partnership agreements (CDA’s MTA’s etc.), and communicating the technology linkage to business needs.
Build and maintain network of external universities, researchers, suppliers and industry groups.
Create a climate that encourages innovative solutions.
Gain alignment with senior leadership through regular milestone updates.
Participate in developing business strategy to drive growth in category.
Provide technical expertise to support the maintenance of current product lines.
Management of individual projects and budget.
Appreciation for consumer insights derived from both qualitative and quantitative data collection methods such as focus groups, ethnography, surveys etc.
M.S. or Ph.D. in Engineering, Chemistry, Biology, or Horticulture is preferred. Minimum Bachelor’s degree in similar fields. 3-5 years of experience in R&D or similar field.
Advanced business degree (MBA) with science training (MS, BS) and product commercialization experience, with 5 years people and project management experience.
Experience in new product development of consumer packaged goods is preferred; managing daily aspects of existing products including managing the daily aspects of existing product and preparing, supporting and implementing new product introductions.
Appreciation for the key role of other functions, such as, marketing, regulatory, quality, and supply chain in a consumer goods business.
Detail oriented with ability to multitask in a dynamic environment where success depends on deep internal and external collaborations.
Knowledge of experimental design, ideation/technology scouting, concept refinement, development, commercialization, collaboration with internal stakeholders such as marketing, supply chain, product portfolio management, conducting research in support of product launches and cost savings initiatives.
Experience communicating scientific concepts to senior leadership; outstanding written and verbal communication skills.
Demonstrated success in team building, leadership and talent development.
Experience partnering effectively with marketing, regulatory agencies and senior management to develop new product concepts based on consumer insights.
Strong ability to influence key stakeholders through technical expertise and leadership skills.
Exceptional relationship building / interpersonal skill and the ability to work with multiple internal and external stakeholders.
About Scotts MiracleGro
The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company (NYSE: SMG) is the world's largest marketer of branded consumer lawn and garden products. Scotts Miracle-Gro has helped to grow the nearly $7 billion global consumer lawn and garden market through product innovation, industry-leading advertising efforts and its trusted brands. Scotts is an EEO Employer, dedicated to a culturally diverse, drug-free, and smoke-free work place.