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JBS USA MARKETING DIRECTOR - INNOVATION in Lafayette, Colorado

Planterra Foods is a fully funded plant-based protein start-up. It’s an investment by JBS USA, the second largest global food company and the world’s largest protein producer.

We are building our team and are seeking candidates for a Marketing Director, Innovation role based at our office in Lafayette, CO.

As our Marketing Director, you will join our small but mighty Marketing team to help build the best plant-based protein company in the world. You will be responsible for leading the innovation strategy, developing the 3 year pipeline validation, sizing opportunities, assessing disruptive platforms, leading a cross-functional team through an innovation process for commercialization of new products and capabilities. This critical role will drive the long-term Innovation Plan for the company and drive alignment with the cross-functional leadership team to include financials, base and innovation growth assumptions required to unlock growth and essential business strategies.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Leads strategy to identify, validate and bring new breakthrough/disruptive platforms to market

  • Leads development of long-term idea generation to fill 3 year innovation pipeline in line with innovation strategies, new platforms, concept validation and sizing of opportunities

  • Leads and influence innovation to develop and launch short and long-term product launches

  • Leads commercialization process from concept inception to in-market launch, working closely Consumer Insights, R&D, Operations, Marketing, Finance and Sales functions ensure collaboration and alignment at development stages

  • Leads our long-term Innovation Plan process for the company

  • Partner with R&D and Operations teams to establish partnerships that expands our technical capabilities and capacity

  • Lead Innovation projects for Retail, Foodservice and Club Channels

  • Partner closely with Brand Marketing to ensure optimal commercialization and launch plans; align on brand stretch, equity fit and potential adjacent categories

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Minimum of 10 years of CPG product and/or innovation experience; food experience valued

  • 3+ years in a start-up or small company strongly preferred

  • Bachelor’s Degree required in Marketing, Communications, Business or related field, MBA strongly preferred

  • Direct, recent experience with smartsheet or other project management tool

  • Knowledge of stage gate and product commercialization

  • Excellent communication and relationship building skills

  • Ability to work cross functionally with multiple departments within the business

  • Analytically savvy, with a high degree of comfort in dealing with complex and/or ambiguous problems

  • Visionary leader with a strong track-record of delivering results and team-player, self-starter, open-mined, superb written and verbal communication skills, great interpersonal skills

  • Ability to influence and lead others, including those outside of the marketing team

  • Hands-on, entrepreneurial spirit, willing to work on all elements of new product development

  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects simultaneously in a fast-paced, uncertain environment

  • Ability to translate creative and innovative problem solving skills into strong business results

  • Strong sense of urgency and ability to develop feasible and realistic deadlines

  • Ability to adapt and demonstrate flexibility as business priorities change

The applicant who fills this position will be eligible for the following compensation and benefits:

  • Benefits: Vision, Medical, and Dental coverage begin after 60 days of employment

  • Paid Time Off: sick leave, vacation, and 6 company observed holidays

  • 401(k): company match begins after the first year of service and follows the company vesting schedule

  • Base salary range of $117,600 - $161,070

  • This position is eligible to participate in the Company’s annual bonus plan, the amount of bonus varies and is subject to the standard terms and conditions of the incentive program

The Company is dedicated to ensuring a safe and secure environment for our team members and visitors. To assist in achieving that goal, we conduct a drug, alcohol, and background checks for all new team members post-offer and prior to the start of employment. The Immigration Reform and Control Act requires that verification of employment eligibility be documented for all new employees by the end of the third day of work.

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