Global Vice President of Product Development (Saint Joseph)

Estee Lauder in Saint Joseph, MN

  • Industry: Executive Management - Engineering/Production
  • Type: Full Time
  • $191,160.00 - 191,160.00
position filled

- Create a robust innovation pipeline that promotes growth in all key regions while sustaining breakthrough innovation for the fastest growing markets. Present new product concepts to SVP and Senior Management.
- Define a Product Innovation Strategy that supports brand growth in both retail and professional distribution; identify need-gaps within existing product line-up and white space opportunities.
- Partner closely with Marketing, Packaging and R&D throughout the development process.
- Direct R&D in the detailed development of new or reformulated products and travel to all Estee Lauder plants and third party manufacturers to provide on-site approvals when needed.
- Employ Corporate Innovation work in platforms/insights/technology to add value to Product Development activities for Aveda.
- Initiate the creation of competitive reviews of global activity and present in depth details to management.
- Attend and present at industry conferences and lectures in order to stay abreast of market landscape.
- Provide product support to the regions as needed (roundtable meetings, press events, etc)
- Lead Product Development team to follow through on the entire product development process as follows:
Seek out story angles, new ingredients, new clinical innovation and associated imagery to support concepts.
Reformulate/Update existing products. Initiate, track and report all test results. Generate claim opportunities based on data.
Create product concept sheets and product profiles to support each new idea/innovation.
Approve Lab Standard, FVL, Pilot and First Production Batches (on-site if necessary).
Ensure all products are formulated with technology that substantiates claims and supports desired benefits.
Review all PR, Education and Copy materials for alignment of communication as it was intended with development and ensure accuracy and consistency of content.
- Present new product launches in partnership with R&D and Marketing to Education, PR, Consumer Relations, Creative, and International Groups.
- Collaborate with Legal team throughout the development process in order to obtain their alignment upfront on concepts and desired claims language. Facilitate the development of product concept sheets and profiles.
- Cross-functional partnerships with Global Marketing, R&D, Packaging, Global Education, Public Relations, Creative and Quality Assurance:
Global Marketing
Provide detailed product concepts to fuel three-year innovation pipeline.
Create robust product profiles for every new product launch and deliver key product points and messages in product profile turnover meeting.
Communicate reformulation requirements prior to initiating development work.
Provide strategic influence to support brand needs.
Communicate strategic direction for new product development and partner with lab to support a strategy for future innovations.
Work closely with R&D/BRD to identify new technologies, ingredients and formulas for new product innovations.
Develop breakthrough innovation by collaborating with R&D centers and innovation hubs across the globe - NY, California, Korea, Japan, Shanghai and Hong Kong.
Partner with outside vendors to leverage their unique capabilities to develop new formulas that cannot be supported internally.
Motivate and support chemists and technicians to obtain the highest quality standard.
Evaluate and approve consumer test designs to support product quality.
Generate and review executive summaries from final test results. Assess and communicate implications of test results on development of product to senior management.
Work with R&D, BRD, Clinical and Sensory to generate new storytelling and claims opportunities.
Direct Product Development team to:
Provide clear direction to Packaging on all formulation aspects including ingredients, actives, viscosity, color, and formula limitations.
Evaluate and approve proposed package submissions for evacuation, aesthetics, and functionality.
Ensure availability of components for launch samples (PR, Forecast, Market and Presentations.)
Expand our resources with suppliers.
Global Education
Collaborate with lead esthetician to ensure all new product development leverages authentic ayurvedic inspiration and supports the needs of Aveda estheticians.
Partner with Pro Spa Education team in the validation and integration of new formulas within the spa service.
Work with Pro Spa Education in the Clinical validation of all new Pro Spa formulas.
Present new product innovation details - key technology, benefits, claims, usage and fit within overall product architecture.
Provide reformulation information for existing line so materials remain updated.
Review and provide feedback on all training support materials.
Offer Education presentation support as needed for new products regionally and globally.
Creative (Copy, Advertising, Design)
Collaborate with SVP Creative to leverage Aveda stylist network to ensure hair formulas (care/styling/color) meet performance standards.
Present new product innovation details - key technology, texture and development inspiration.
Create optimum climate for maximum creativity and support culture for learning and opportunity to take risks (safely).
Quality Assurance
Create and maintain all product standards.
Establish quality guidelines for new products.
- Develop, lead and mentor a high performing product development team by investing in their development and growth in order to drive performance and professional growth.
- Manage department budget - fiscal responsibility.
Undergraduate College degree.

Position requires 15+ years relevant work experience in product development across multiple product categories - hair, treatment, color.
Proven track record of successful new product innovations.
Position requires strong leadership skills and project management skills.
Excellent written and verbal communications; strong presentation skills, ability to personally organize and set priorities and to drive other people.
Ability to successfully organize and manage multiple complex development programs.
Travel to International markets required (approximately 25%).

Associated topics: chief executive, chief executive officer, chief information officer, chief technology officer, co founder, director, president, senior director, vice president

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