Innovation Commercialization Manager at Saro Lifecare Limited

Saro Lifecare, a division of Saro Africa International operates in the Personal & Household Products Segment of the FMCG Industry in Nigeria, and is expanding its products range and manufacturing operations.We are recruiting to fill the position below:Job Title: Innovation Commercialization ManagerLocation: LagosJob DescriptionInnovation is a key pillar of the SARO Transformation Initiatives with a target of new products over the next yearsTo deliver the Performance Ambition, this role will lead the brilliant commercial execution of all new product launches, driving visibility of performance of new innovation launches and ensuring Executional discipline and Profitability.Primary ResponsibilitiesNew Product Commercialization Planning & Executional Discipline:Project lead for Commercialization of all project within SLC. Take ownership of new product launches from concept development to commercial launch using innovation tools such as volume forecast tool, P&L, etc.The geographic variability and nuances of execution are key in Nigeria and this role will need understand these and ensure commercial innovation plans reflect and respond to these dynamics supporting winning execution in every market.Provide commercial expertise and rigour in planning of volume, distribution build and ROS modelling on targeted innovation projects through the gate development process to ensure projects delivers on the topline and bottomline objectives.Work with innovation category project officers/sales teams to report on and visibly drive performance management routines of innovation.Ensure clarity of project delivery timelines, roles, and responsibilities & drive team commitment towards meeting them.Trade Insight:Take ownership and monitor in-field innovation implementation and regional execution using live examples to recognise and celebrate great commercial innovation execution where we see it and call out poor execution with remedial action where we fall short.Develop Trade and Shopper execution standards and deliverables on innovation projects. Use trade insight to develop tailored propositions that creates value for trade, shopper & SARO.Drive rigorous planning within innovation projects to improve our pace and agility behind targeted innovation/brand change projects.Ensure the business case is commercially viable to deliver business profit expectation.BTL & ATL Agency Management:Develop and brief agencies on planned implementations and expectations.Work with agencies to identify commercial growth drivers that would serve as building executional blocks that drives business growth.Work with agencies to design all POSM and ensure timely delivery to specification.Seek for opportunities where we could leverage technology to drive new frontiers for breakthrough commercialization performances.Stakeholder Management:Work with all stakeholders both internal and externalSend periodic commercialization update for visibility of execution progress.Develop all innovations commercial launch plans for Gatekeepers alignment and approval.Demonstrate project and team management skills to enable project team deliver on expectations timely.Measurement & Evaluation:Track, monitor & report all field executions. Develop a robust measurement and evaluation calendar for new product launches to entrench a culture of learning and continuous improvement for future projects.Regulatory, Risk & Control:Ensure consistent compliance with business processes and promptly escalate any breach, or potential breach.Work with Associates to secure all regulatory approvals as deemed necessary for each project, such as NAFDAC registration of label and approval of product for commercialization, APCON certificate for advertising, SON & MANCAP numbers for quality & manufacturing excellence.Be proactive in managing any risk associated with the commercialization of all projects.Reporting:Provides progress report on weekly and periodic basis as may be needed by the Line Manager and other associates as required.

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