Innovation Practice Senior Manager

GOJO in Akron, OH

  • Type: Full Time
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Information about #20175 Innovation Practice Senior Manager
Work Location: GOJO Plaza - Akron, Ohio

GOJO Industries, inventor of PURELL® branded health and well-being solutions, is the global leader in Healthy Skin and Healthy Places – a force making businesses, institutions, and society stronger. A purpose-driven family enterprise, GOJO and its employees come to work each day with the collective purpose of ‘Saving lives and making life better through Well-Being Solutions’.

GOJO has distinguished itself through its focus and investment in market-led innovation and sustainability. GOJO’s company headquarters are in Akron, Ohio with two nearby manufacturing and distribution centers and three manufacturing centers in France. GOJO and PURELL branded products are marketed in more than 80 countries with six regional locations including Europe, Australia, and Japan.

Background and Purpose of Job:

This highly collaborative, mission critical role stewards the innovation process, from “fuzzy front end” through post-launch, ensuring that it meets and supports enterprise strategy and growth needs. Additionally, it manages, coordinates and facilitates the growth of the enterprise’s innovation capability across key cross-functional components: Strategic Alignment, Disciplined Implementation, Organizational Readiness, Core & Emerging Technologies. Finally, it directs the organizational use of the Stage-Gate and Portfolio Management Processes.

Who You Are and What You’ll Do:Ensure innovation performance is on track with GOJO vision and strategy
Directs the organizational use of Portfolio Management practice to ensure that the innovation pipeline, inclusive of emerging (“fuzzy front end”) technology, supports and responds to business goals and category strategies
Lead and direct the Stage-Gate New Product development process, including: Monitor the integrity and quality of the process and implement changes as needed
Provide training, coaching to users of the process
Facilitates Stage-Gate planning and gate review meetings
Maintain tools, templates and best practices


Lead and facilitate the “Total Solution Venue (Team)”, a cross functional senior leadership team chartered to: Align innovation pipeline with strategy and ensure sufficiency of plans to deliver strategic targets and goals. (e.g. category strategy and roadmap reviews, Early Strategic Alignment review of new product initiatives, technology portfolio reviews)
Prioritize the right project work (NPD, Cost Savings, Special Projects, New Technologies, etc.) and ensure it is resourced appropriately
Create accountability for innovation scorecard and post-launch commercialization effectiveness.

Partner and dot-connect with R&D, New Technology Teams, Total Solutions, Sustainable Value team to bring whole systems thinking and create Enterprise level connections for improved business and innovation planning.
Create shared understanding of the innovation processes across the organization through training,

presentations and facilitation.Partner with other GOJO team members (e.g HROD, Chief of Staff, CIO), to create conditions for a culture of innovation and strengthening the “cultivates innovation” competency amongst GOJO employees.

Provides information regarding implementation status of NPD portfolio to key stakeholders and others

Participate and contribute to our Innovation WithOut Walls team. Serve as a primary point of contact for external innovation partnerships and collaborations.

What You’ll Need to Succeed:Bachelor’s degree in Business Management, Communications or related field required. Master’s degree preferred.
Minimum seven (7) years of successful experience in the areas of product management, marketing or innovation management
Stage-Gate or equivalent process (e.g. Phasegate, Waterfall) experience required

Summary:Sporadic overnight travel required; frequent day travel between our three Northeast Ohio locations
Position primarily located at GOJO Plaza in Akron, Ohio

To Apply:

To apply for this position, please complete the online application process. You will have an opportunity to include your resume and a cover letter. GOJO is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status or status as an individual with a disability. Applicants must be lawfully authorized to work in the United States.

Recruiters, Search Agencies or others referring candidates to GOJO Industries, Inc. without written authorization from GOJO Industries, Inc. Human Resources will not be compensated in any way for their online referral even if GOJO Industries, Inc. hires the candidate. GOJO does not seek or respond to unsolicited resumes for positions that are not listed in the Careers section.

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