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Innovation Manager

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Date: Mar 5, 2023

Location: Ballina, MO, IE

Company: Hollister Incorporated

We Make Life More Rewarding and Dignified

Location: Ballina 
Department: Research & Development 

The Innovation Manager will be responsible for supporting and implementing the Front End Innovation (FEI) process within New Product Commercialization at Hollister. The Innovation Manager will:

  • Initiate priority innovation projects by gaining approval for project charters.
  • Ensure 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 Hollister’s 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 behaviors.
  • 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 Hollister.  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.
  • Other duties as needed or required.


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.
  • Business degree/MBA is a plus.


Specialized Skills/Technical Knowledge:



  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Strong project management skills
  • Thrives in an ambiguous project environment, keeping an open and objective mind to building knowledge, testing assumptions and ultimately building a foundation for informed project decisions (‘clarity from complexity’).
  • Proven ability to collaborate and work effectively with others in a dynamic matrix environment.
  • The ability to find constant, continuous opportunities for innovation, fosters change, and fosters the sustainment of innovation activities.
  • Knowledge of Ostomy and Continence Care product development and portfolio.

Hollister Incorporated is an independent, employee-owned company that develops,manufactures, and markets healthcare products worldwide. The company develops and manufactures products for ostomy care, continence care and critical care, and also develops educational support materials for patients and healthcare professionals. Headquartered in Libertyville, Illinois, it has manufacturing and distribution centers on three continents and sells in nearly 80 countries. Hollister is a wholly owned subsidiary of The Firm of John Dickinson Schneider Inc (JDS Inc), a 100 year old company. Hollister is guided by the shared Mission of JDS Inc, to make life more rewarding and dignified for people who use its products and services. 

Hollister is an EO employer – M/F/Veteran/Disability

Job Req ID: 30838

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