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Innovation Manager

  • Sector: Engineering
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  • Job Ref: 19988


We have a new Innovation Manager role open with a large Medical Devices Manufacturer in Mayo. This role will be part of a large global R&D function based in Mayo with a primary goal of identifying new product ideas and initiating new product commercialization projects based on information you are retrieving from the market. It is part of a global Innovation team and reporting to an Innovation Director in Europe.

Main responsibilities include;

  • Initiate priority innovation projects by gaining approval for project charters.
  • Ensure front end innovation (FEI) projects deliver compelling Target Product Profiles and Preliminary Business Plans for product concepts.
  • Act as the Discovery Team Leader (DTL) for FEI projects.
  • Act as a Discovery Team Member (DTM) to guide and facilitate cross-functional Discovery Teams through the FEI process.
  • Contribute, where relevant, to strategic efforts such as P3 preparation and Pre-Charter.
  • Be responsible for continually improving FEI capability by continually evaluating new FEI tools and methods, maintaining the FEI process toolkit and training the FEI community on the necessary tools, skills, competencies and behaviours.
  • Ensure FEI projects deliver compelling Target Product Profiles (TPP) and Preliminary Business Plan (PBP) for the lead concept.
  • Act as Discovery Team Leader, as needed, which encompasses leading the development of discovery project including; project charter, key project steps, schedule, objectives, requirements, and assumptions to structure projects and activities to meet business needs.
  • Participate in the development and maintenance of a common FEI methodology and process.     
  • Collaborate and help to create tools and documentation/training of the FEI methodology and process.
  • Identify and implement new methods or processes that improve on the existing FEI process.
  • Train Discovery Teams on the overall FEI process.
  • Provide coaching and facilitation to cross-functional Discovery Teams.
  • Champion the FEI process both within and outside of Global R&D.
  • Initiate priority innovation projects by gaining approval for discovery project charters.
  • Ensure communication across discovery teams to stakeholder groups within in the functions and business.
  • Work with the Discovery Team to define the best approach to evaluate concepts using both internal evaluation frameworks and external concept tests with customers.
  • Collect data on the progress of any innovation project and building reports that provide insight into innovation activities across. Data collected is with regard to activities, results, timeframes and outcomes to report on in the aggregate.
  • Develop and maintain list of innovation partners.
  • Engage in activities that will further develop their knowledge and expertise of FEI best practices.

Work Experience Requirements

Number of Overall Years Necessary: 5-8

Experience in a technical, marketing or engineering discipline developing products and/or leading projects

Education Requirements

Bachelor level or higher degree in a scientific, marketing or engineering discipline or 10+ years of equivalent experience required.

Strong project management skills

Excellent remuneration package on offer with flexible /remote working option available.


For a confidential discussion and more information on the role, please contact Davin Ferguson

071 91 40251