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External Product Development Relationship Manager

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A fantastic opportunity is available for an enthusiastic and experienced External PD Relationship Manager to join our  team in Parsippany, NJ.

RB is the world’s leading consumer health and home/ hygiene company. We work with the best people to challenge conventional thinking and keep giving people innovative solutions for healthier lives and happier homes, through our brands! 
See more details in https://www.rb.com/

Role Purpose:
The XPD Relationship Manager will lead a development/innovation team responsible for delivering new products to market through external strategic innovation partners. This role is key to identify, establish and manage strategic external development partner relationships to amplify innovation.  

Role responsibilities:
Lead a development/innovation team to deliver on the agreed pipeline from initiation to commercialization via optimizing external innovation partner resources, capabilities and networks
Identify relevant external innovation partners that can define the strategy for product development projects together with RB and have the capabilities to execute end to product development based on these strategies
Manage and build the relationship with the external innovation partner on a formal and informal interface platform
Identify and activate the appropriate internal resources to support the outside in requirements for projects with the external product development pipeline 
To support the development and implementation of an agile external innovation operational model
To work within the matrix organization to promote the use of external Innovation and increase the amount of externally developed products in pipeline
Responsible for ensuring that all development activity through external innovation partners conforms to legislative, Health and Safety and environmental requirements.
Establish an optimally staffed external product development team supporting nutrition categories globally and ensure that development plans are in place for individuals in the team

Key challenges:
Working within the matrix to increase delivery of innovation via external product development partnerships
The external product development approach is new to RB and the operational model needs to be established and improved as it solidifies 
External innovation/product development partnerships need to be established and continuously improved as the approach is established

Skills & experience required:
R&D experience in terms of product development and the typical approaches utilised to go from concept to product is essential. A healthcare/nutrition innovation background is preferred
Demonstrated experience of establishing relationships and working with external partners to deliver innovation into the pipeline is also essential 
Experience with managing of and working in cross functional, global teams and delivering through others
Strategic planning, consumer understanding, resource management and over good commercial understanding (corporate & operational)
Demonstration of a can-do mind-set, results oriented, entrepreneurial and self-motivated, with solid planning and organisational capabilities
Experience with recruitment, management and development of people
Good leadership, motivational, interpersonal and communication skills 

Why RB?

Fast paced. Tired of having to jump though endless hoops to get things done? Not here. We move fast and deliver.
Growth. Frustrated by the lack of growth opportunities in your current company? Not here¡ RB takes pride in the development and continued growth of our employees through steady rotations and promotions.
Autonomy. RM empowers you to OWN what you do.
Iconic Global Brands. http://bit.ly/RBNABrands Take a look. You´ll be surprised at how many you already have in your home. 
Feel good about the Company you work for! RB is committed to making the world a better place through betterrbusiness. http://bit.ly/rbsustainability
Passport Stamps. Does working internationally interest you? Perform well and Global doors can open for you at RB. 
Work with smart people. We have a talented workforce that believes in sharing ideas to help each other, and the company succeed.
Competitive base salaries and bonuses.


In return, RB will offer you a very competitive salary with excellent benefits, a fast-paced working environment with incredible opportunities to develop yourself, and the chance to progress your career within a truly global organization.

Apply Now for a chance to really change the game!

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