Ref: NP314-1332

Job description / Role

Employment: Full Time

A fantastic new opening has arisen within an instantly recognizable brand in the QSR sector for an Innovation Manager covering the ME & Pakistan region.

The role is to ensure a continuous pipeline of relevant new product menu ideas.

Key responsibilities:

• Develop 3+ year product innovation pipeline for the region to support marketing calendar based on the Business Strategy & AOP.
• Innovate with existing and new ingredients in the systems to provide continuous product innovations
• Explore new market food trends and consumer cult followings to develop breakthrough ideas and concepts
• Partner with suppliers on key innovation ideas and market updates
• Inspire cross country local teams in the region with new and distinctive product ideas.
• Directly manages and responsible for all product food showcasing new product ideas to audiences including, leadership, franchisee and global
• Support consumer research exploration and evaluation – in market.
• Utilize consumer insights and trends to develop successful new products and cult innovations.
• Lead the internal innovation process involving cross functions and partners.
• Organize market explorations and food safaris to continuously inspire new innovations
• Visualize new product concepts and builds.
• Participate in key NPD meetings and tastings cross functionally.
• Communicate and continuously connect with global NPD teams for global innovation inspiration and knowledge transfer for the region.


Ideal candidate:
• A minimum of 8 years’ experience in product innovation and ideation.
• Affiliation with culinary organizations with a minimum of culinary training. Chef experience is a plus.
• Added experience in food, Food Service NPD or QSR is a plus.
• Experience in leading new product ideation sessions and concept creation.
• Strong culinary technical skills with the ability to filter through consumer needs and trends.
• Ability to think creatively to achieve breakthrough results
• Confidence, presence and personal drive balanced with humility and ability to excel in a team-based approach to innovation while still maintaining a point of view and building followership
• Flexibility, resilience, and the ability to deal with ambiguity, welcoming and embracing change while respecting the value of tradition
• Ability to manage deadlines well and handle a dynamic work environment

About the Company

Inspire Selection is an award winning recruitment agency, headquartered in Dubai which recruits across the Middle East region. We employ highly knowledgeable, professional consultants who are experts in connecting the right people with the right opportunities. Our reputation has been built upon our honesty, integrity and our ability to source candidates of the highest calibre right across our specialist sectors. As a result, we are recruitment partners to a wide spectrum of organisations - from leading blue chip companies to smaller, local businesses. Sectors we cover include HR, Administration, Finance & Accounting, Legal, Sales & Marketing including Digital Marketing, IT, Oil/Gas/Energy, Engineering, Procurement, Manufacturing, Higher Education.

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