Sr. Director, Insights and Innovation in Oak Brook, IL at TreeHouse Foods

Date Posted: 1/21/2020

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Full time


IL Oak Brook

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Job Posting Title:

Sr. Director, Insights and Innovation

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Position Summary:

The Sr. Director, Insights and Innovation role spans across ideation, innovation, go-to-market strategy, product and packaging development and market, consumer and customer insights. The role will build and commercialize a three-year innovation pipeline to deliver on the strategic targeted growth objectives.  This role will lead insights for the Division, providing the General Management and Sales teams with key insights that drive growth in existing categories and category adjacencies. 

Position Responsibilities:

  • Build and support the identification of a robust three-year strategy and innovation pipeline
  • Establish, monitor and measure the effectiveness of the innovation strategy
  • Provide thought leadership in identifying new, customer-centric value propositions
  • Facilitate the ideation process for product and program development
  • Leverage and influence the sales organization to manage customer relationships and execute key go-to-market tactics (pricing, merchandising, shelving, and assortment)
  • Develop tools and reporting to support General Managers’ businesses
  • Provide divisional leadership and prioritization on IRI resources
  • Monitor, analyze and interpret market, category, customer and consumer insight and trend data from multiple sources; leverage insights to drive innovation plans and initiatives
  • Support innovation execution by leading the development of Sales materials
  • Support Sales teams for new items, category reviews, new business acquisition
  • Provide diagnostic analytic support to the General Manager teams for base business issues (i.e. panel data, category segmentation)
  • Partner with R&D to identify and leverage internal technical, process and production capabilities that would provide competitive advantage
  • Identify business cases for capital investment and resource allocation
  • Monitor performance against financial and operational goals and work cross functionally to drive corrective action
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Ten or more years of relevant, progressive product management experience within the consumer packaged goods industry
  • Creative thinker with strong experience leading strategic innovation processes and the ability to draw out these capabilities in others  
  • Proven ability to lead through influence
  • Strong experience in qualitative and quantitative research/analytics
  • Strong understanding of innovation best practices in consumer packaged goods
  • Project management experience in a cross functional environment
  • Demonstrated financial acumen – preferred prior experience managing a full P&L
  • Clear and concise communication style
  • Exceptional writing skills, including the development of compelling presentations
  • Strong communication skills with business, creative, and technical audiences; in particular, the ability to take complex ideas and articulate them clearly and simply
  • Strong thought and people leadership experience


  • Bachelor’s Degree Required
  • Master’s Degree Required

Preferred Attributes:


  • Generates new and innovative ways or methods to market products and services
  • Creates an environment which fosters new ideas, creative products or services, and continuous improvement
  • Uses industry/market knowledge and business acumen to solve a complex problem in a different or non-traditional way
  • Impacts team, unit, or organizational effectiveness through the introduction of new practices, work processes, or products/services

Strategic Capability

  • Ensures that short-term activities support long-term strategic, organizational goals
  • Thinks ahead and can anticipate future trends and concerns
  • Identifies trends or patterns when reviewing data; rapidly draws conclusions about relevance to TreeHouse
  • Able to break large, long-term strategic plans into smaller, achievable projects and initiatives

Drive for Results

  • Focuses on achieving goals and holds self and others accountable for expected results.
  • Proactively and independently takes action to resolve problems and overcome barriers by identifying alternative solutions or resources to successfully complete a project
  • Sets high standards of excellence and creates a sense of urgency in others to achieve or exceed goals
  • Prioritizes effectively by focusing on the critical few areas with the greatest

Disability Assistance
TreeHouse Foods is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and offers opportunities to all job seekers, including those with disabilities.  If you need a reasonable accommodation to assist with your job search or application for employment, please contact us by sending an email to In your email please include a description of the specific accommodation you are requesting and a description of the position for which you are applying.

EEO Considerations

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, disability or protected veteran status.

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