April 20, 2024

PZ Cussons is a dynamic client merchandise group and innovator of among the world’s greatest recognized and cherished manufacturers. Calling on over 130 years of experience, we function internationally in rigorously chosen developed and rising markets that current the best strategic potential for future progress. Our world-class provide chain and distribution networks allow us to satisfy our international client wants and ship high quality manufacturers that add worth and improve on a regular basis lives.

We are recruiting to fill the place under:

Job Title: Africa Research and Development Leader

Job Requisition ID: JR000900
Location: Lagos (Nigeria Head Office)
Employment Type: Full-time

Key Accountabilities / Responsibilities
What this position is accountable / accountable for delivering:

  • Coaching and Personal Development of every particular person inside Africa R&D Team (~12 individuals) – figuring out and constructing on their strengths and guiding them by way of centered improvement conversations to permit them to satisfy their potential. Identifying and implementing the shifts required to create a excessive performing Africa R&D group.
  • Leadership of all applications throughout each product and packaging improvement to serve the wants of the 4 manufacturers of the Africa enterprise (Morning Fresh, Cussons Baby, Robb, Venus & Premier Cool Deo).

This Will embody:

  • Delivering the Pipeline of tasks and Fuelling the funnel of future innovation/alternatives.
  • Identifying and constructing the capabilities required to ship the present and future NPD plans.
  • Supporting and Coaching crew members by way of the profitable improvement and supply of tasks to market.
  • Dimensionalising and speaking alternatives and threat to multifunctional companions to facilitate acceptable enterprise selections.
  • Drive client and aggressive understanding in opposition to a ruthless pursuit of client worth and technical factors of distinction which have each relevance and resonance for our manufacturers.
  • Identification of ‘Continuous Improvement’ alternatives for our propositions when it comes to client worth, manufacturing effectivity and naturally value financial savings/avoidance.
  • Being the Respected Voice of R&D/Technical Community throughout the Africa enterprise. Developing and embedding the general Africa R&D Technical Strategy through teaching and steerage of the crew who’ve begun to construct this.  Including
  • Clearly articulating ‘Where to Play’ Choices and key strategic improvement tasks.
  • Gaining multifunctional alignment to decisions.
  • Securing the assets required to ship on the event tasks.
  • Engagement and offering steerage with respect to regulatory affairs
  • Governance of the finances for all Africa R&D actions.

Key Stakeholders
What inside and exterior relationships are most necessary to the position’s success:

  • As member of PZ R&D international management, key stakeholders embody
  • Africa Marketing Director + Brand Leaders
  • NPD Planning Team
  • Africa Supply Chain Leaders and Technical Services companions
  • Procurement – Packaging and Third Party Manufacturers
  • Key Customers/Distributors
  • Africa R&D crew
  • Group Packaging Leader & Global Packaging group of apply.
  • Sustainability champions
  • Government and Regulatory companies.

Knowledge / Qualifications – Technical / Professional Experience
Knowledge Area (Examples Below):

R&D/Innovation Program and Organisational/Team Leadership:

  • 10 + years expertise in designing and delivering client delighting merchandise and/or Packs to market in related FMCG class (eg. Beauty/Personal Care, Consumer Health, Food & Beverages).  Ideally together with expertise of
    • Simultaneously managing a portfolio of a number of manufacturers and their differing client targets.
    • Both internally and externally developed merchandise/packs.
    • Creating propositions throughout completely different value tiers.
    • Different innovation/venture varieties from these with potential for disruption to value optimisation (and all the pieces in between)
  • Leadership of a crew of no less than 5 R&D’ers.

Outstanding People and Organisational Development:

  • Track file of figuring out and realising the potential of people and groups working in Innovation/R&D/Technical domains.
  • Experience of designing and evolving innovation organisations and capabilities to help the altering wants of a enterprise.
  • Recognised builder of productive, profitable and blissful groups and skilled in main them by way of change.

Driving enterprise influence and Influence of R&D:

  • Track file of forging sturdy and productive partnerships with multifunctional counterparts particularly Marking and Sales/Commercial and leveraging these relationships to drive worth from R&D and total affect on the route of the enterprise.
  • Ability to translate technical complexity and extremely scientific ideas into compelling communication for a wide range of audiences (inside and exterior) and consequently generate pleasure and purchase in to R&D potentialities (applied sciences, merchandise, packs, supplies, client alternative areas and many others. and many others.)
  • Significant expertise in appropriately dimensionalising ranges of technical threat to contribute to multifunctional determination making.

Innovation Strategy Development & Ambidextrous Leadership:

  • Demonstrated capability to attach client and enterprise must know-how potentialities throughout a portfolio of tasks, concurrently balancing each brief and long run priorities/horizons.
  • Experience of defining client/enterprise related innovation ‘searching grounds’/alternative areas and utilizing this pondering to ascertain new improvement tasks and feed a funnel of innovation/New Product/Pack Development.

Consumer Insight:

  • Experience in turning client information into perception and leveraging this and group/human/client design to develop clearly differentiated product and/or packaging experiences.
  • Ability to translate client wants & desires into tangible technical product/pack design parts.
  • Quantitative and Qualitative analysis design and evaluation expertise could be a bonus.

Technical Expertise / Experience:

  • Ability to make unobvious technical connections – demonstrated by way of eg. Identifying a know-how from one other class and tailoring to a selected client want.
  • Claims Support – Demonstrated capability to develop compelling and differentiated claims which seize each the hearts and minds of shoppers and differentiate vs. competitors.  Experience of growing ‘proper sized’ technical claims help methods which appropriately stability threat vs. useful resource.
  • Ideally:
    • Experience in growing alternatives for sustainable product/pack design.
    • Experience in utilizing technical modelling to extend productiveness, scale back program timings and quantify/scale back threat.
    • Knowledge, expertise and connections into exterior innovation ecosystems in related know-how areas (eg. Start ups, RM/Packaging Suppliers, Universities, Research Institutes and many others. and many others.)


  • Successful governance of budgets >£200,000

Values and Behaviours:

  • How our individuals behave with the intention to ship of their position

Application Closing Date
Not Specified.

Method of Application
Interested and certified candidates ought to:
Click here to apply online

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