Director Of Innovation - #110851

Open Farm

Date: 1 week ago
City: Toronto, ON
Contract type: Full time
Who we are: Founded in 2014, Open Farm is one of the fastest growing CPG companies in North America. We are transforming the way people feed their pets with a focus on producing premium, healthy food all ethically sourced from farm-to-bowl. We believe the best foods are made with consciously sourced, top-quality ingredients from farmers and fisheries who believe in doing good for all animals and the environment. We are headquartered in Toronto, Canada with team members based across North America In 2021, Open Farm raised >$80MM CAD in our latest round of funding, led by leading global growth equity firm General Atlantic, who joined Open Farm’s leadership team and existing minority partner, Encore Consumer Capital, on Open Farm’s long-term growth journey. With annual sales growth exceeding 60 per cent over the last three years, our products can be found in over 6,000 neighbourhood pet retailers across North America as well as online at Our product line is recognized as a category-leader in product innovation, with a full suite of premium offerings ranging from kibble to fresh meals and supplements. Throughout our growth journey, we have stayed true to our values, partnering with ethical sourcing partners Certified Humane, Global Animal Partnership, and Ocean Wise Seafood to provide better quality ingredients to pets and ensure we are sourcing ingredients in a way that respects farm animals and the planet
Where You’ll Come in:
At Open Farm, we are passionate about sharing our message of sustainable, ethically sourced nutrition with pet parents. We are looking for someone who shares this belief to join as our Director of Innovation. This is an incredible opportunity for a passionate, talented, creative, innovation “guru” to deliver our multi-year pipeline of consumer-focused and brand-centric new products while improving the lives of pets and the planet

How you’ll Make An Impact: (If this looks enticing, click “Apply”!)

  • Develop a strong pipeline of innovation that drives incremental, profitable and sustained growth
  • Lead with a blend of disciplined management practices with entrepreneurial behavior, skills, and mindset to make intuitive strategic decisions while appropriately managing uncertainty and risk
  • Work directly with co-pack community, have ability to inspire, motivate, and promote ideas and ensure developing partnerships to deliver optimal and timely innovation results, ensure we are a priority.
  • Lead a diverse, cross-functional team that will be responsible for stage-gate process of moving from concept through the innovation process, considering strategic, consumer, technical, and business viability
  • Lead design team to ensure delivering break-thru packaging that delivers each proposition uniquely and powerfully, but always staying true to brand standards.
  • Develop strong business cases, identifying volumes, pricing, product costs, and trade/consumer support scenarios, to ensure opportunity meets financial objectives and hurdles
  • Truly understand the Open Farm promise and work with cross-functional team internally and externally to ensure all innovation, all components of launch fully 100% deliver on our promise, we are obsessed!
  • Form trusted partnerships with our R&D, Supply Chain, Marketing and Sales teams so you can be an effective new product representative cross-functional
  • Lead training of our internal teams, sales and customer service, to ensure successful product launch and understanding in market.

We’re Excited About You Because:

  • You have 5-7+ years in the consumer-packaged goods industry, preferably in the pet category with a proven record of launching meaningful and disruptful innovation
  • Proven innovation success; either new product development, creation of new business models, start-up experience, or other entrepreneurial ventures (food or pet industry experience preferred)
  • Experience being a leader of innovation strategy, idea development, and business commercialization. In this role, you will be responsible for leading cross-functional teams to deliver product ideas through the innovation process from ideation to launch.
  • Experience managing team , good at providing clear direction, clear vision and motivating others, proven record of leading cross-functional teams to deliver break-thru products through innovation process from ideation to launch.
  • Desire to make an impact and “get your hands dirty” in a fast-paced environment, be comfortable moving quickly, making decisions without heavy market research.
  • Bachelor’s degree required; MBA preferred

A Few of Our Best Benefits

  • The opportunity to grow, develop and make a mission driven, dynamic, and fast-growing company with people who are thoughtful and passionate about work and community
  • Market-competitive compensation
  • Comprehensive healthcare coverage and RRSP plans with company match
  • Great office culture (with lots of adorable pets!) where your pet interrupting video calls or in-person meeting is the norm
  • Discounted food for your furry family members

What We Offer:
  • Opportunity to lead and shape the future of food quality and safety in a fast-growing, mission-driven company, with annual sales growth of over 60% YOY.
  • Join a dynamic and supportive work environment with a team of dedicated, high–performing professionals.
  • Competitive salary and incentives.

Our Values
We Raise the Bar \u007C We Keep the Barn Doors Open \u007C We Graze Lightly \u007C We Lead the Pack \u007C We are Inspired by Our Customers \u007C We Have Fun Doing It Open Farm values diversity in its workforce and encourages applications from all qualified individuals. Applicants requiring a disability-related accommodation at any stage of Open Farm's recruitment process should contact [email protected]. As required by legislation, Open Farm will consult with applications requesting such an accommodation to ensure that Open Farm's recruitment process takes into account their accessibility needs.

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