Senior Innovation Manager for one of the world’s leading bakeries

Lantmännen Unibake Denmark Frozen - Hatting
Are you motivated by driving, developing, and nurturing a strong innovation culture? And do you want to take on a key role driving a pipeline of sustainable NPD, EPD and value engineering projects in one of the world’s leading bakery businesses? Then you might be the new Senior Innovation Manager at Lantmännen Unibake Denmark – the company behind the popular brands Hatting and Schulstad!

Towards billions of smiling tummies

At Lantmännen Unibake, the enthusiasm for bread permeates everything. Many years of experience in developing and baking high-quality bread is the essence of the company, and the goal is to reach billions of people of all ages all over the world and make billions of tummies smile.

To drive the pipeline of NPD, EDP and value engineering projects within frozen bread and pastry sold across all channels in Denmark and internationally through the 21 sister companies Lantmännen Unibake Denmark Frozen is looking for a Senior Innovation Manager.

You will be spearheading the innovation team as well as the innovation culture across the organization and further you will be a key ambassador in turning the sustainability vision and ambition into tangible business opportunities through a range of exciting projects and initiatives.

More specifically look forward to the following areas of responsibility:

  • Identify and execute the ideal portfolio of NPD/EPD/value engineering projects aligned with the overall strategy
  • Develop, execute and follow-up on the operational innovation plan in close collaboration with the innovation team and the category teams
  • Drive the stage gate process & meetings
  • Responsible for continuous improvement regarding ways-of-working and ensure that tools are implemented and thoroughly anchored in the organization
  • Drive insights-based innovation and concept/product development
  • Project management of a strategically important sustainability project
  • Manage, motivate, and develop a team of four dedicated Product Developers and a Junior Application Manager

You will be based at the office in Horsens, where you will be part of the Marketing & Innovation management team with reference to Marketing & Innovation Director, Mette Børsting Hofman. You can look forward to 10-15 days travelling to global meetings and markets as well as sales meetings.

Commercial insight and excellent project management skills

You are highly motivated by challenging the status quo – and you do so based on thorough insights, solid professionalism, commercial focus, and in-depth knowledge of the entire value chain. With your creative, analytical, and proactive approach, you succeed when it comes to conceptualizing and incubating opportunities as well as managing big commercial projects.  

Previous colleagues would describe you as a trustworthy team player with great communicative abilities, significant impact, and motivational skills. Therefore, you easily engage with a wide range of stakeholders while these competencies also allow you to gain your teams confidence and respect as a leader. Further, your strong drive and your high ambitions influences those around you and therefore you succeed in developing your team towards a creative, curious and proactive direction.

You have a relevant commercial educational background combined with a minimum of 5 years experience from a similar position – preferably within food the food industry. Strategic experience within sustainability will also benefit you in the role.

You are an experienced user of Excel, BI-solutions, and ERP systems like AX, MRP, or similar, and you are comfortable communicating in both Danish and English.

6.000 passionate colleagues with an appetite for more

Lantmännen Unibake is a part of the Lantmännen Group owned by 18.000 Swedish farmers. Lantmännen operates in all stages ‘from field to fork’ including agriculture, machinery, energy, and food.

Lantmännen Unibake is the largest division in Lantmännen, and with more than 34 bakeries in 20 countries and customers on all continents it is one of the world's leading manufacturers and suppliers of quality baked goods. In Denmark, the company is known for its consumer brands: Hatting, Schulstad and Schulstad Bakery Solutions targeted at the foodservice channel as well as private label bread and baked goods for multiple well-known retail brands.

As the new Senior Innovation Manager, you will be part of a dynamic, versatile, and international company offering great development opportunities both in Denmark and abroad. Out of your 6.000 passionate new colleagues in Lantmännen Unibake, 400 are based in Lantmännen Unibake Denmark. The culture is characterized by team spirit, and when facing challenges the team find the best way forward – together.


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