WD-40 Company

  • Innovation Manager

    United States
    San Diego
  • Overview

    Snapshot of What We’re Looking For

    We are seeking a curious and passionate Innovation Manager that will be responsible for leading innovation programs in alignment with the Americas innovation strategy.  This dynamic, key leadership role manages the development and execution of new product business plans, including the creation of new product insights, ideas and solutions that will result in the delivery of new product/categories and/or platforms to achieve the Company’s strategic innovation mission.  


    In addition, this position manages the planning, development and execution of the Americas Tribology University product training program.  If you are a talented Innovation Manager who wants want to join a growing, global and innovative company to grow our brands, please consider joining our tribe! 


    What You’ll Be Doing

    • Incubate new business ideas from concept to commercialization, including product and business model development, and channel expansion.
    • Contribute to the development of the Americas innovation strategy to deliver new product spaces and capabilities for WD-40 Company, while strategically growing brand equity.
    • Plan and define project scope, including project objectives and appropriate parameters, such as, budget, resources, milestones, deliverables and risk assessment.
    • Implement strategic vision, goals, drivers, and fiscal year plans for the Americas Trading Bloc Innovation.
    • Utilize relevant data (i.e. customer insights, financial analysis and forecasting) to develop business plans to launch new products/categories/platforms.
    • Ensure innovation plan aligns with Americas’ goals and requirements by being the active brand and innovation voice for United States and Latin America business segments.
    • Cultivate an environment of innovation throughout the Tribe.


    What You’ll Bring to the Role

    • 5+ years’ experience in innovation or hybrid innovation/marketing role(s)
    • Successful development and management of innovation plans, marketing plans and new product launches within defined timelines and budgets
    • Experience with lean innovation, preferably within a corporate environment
    • Strong analytical and critical thinking skills.
    • Strong communication and presentation skills.
    • Experience translating customer and market research into insights to inform innovation
    • Ability to influence manage and collaborate with cross-functional teams
    • Experience with adult learning and/or corporate education platforms preferred
    • Knowledge of mechanical and/or chemical product development preferred
    • Education:  Bachelor’s degree. MBA is a plus!


    Our “Why”


    At WD-40 Company we believe that purpose-driven, passionate people guided by our values create amazing outcomes.  Our “why” is refreshingly simple - we exist to create positive lasting memories in everything we do. We solve problems. We make things work smoothly. We create opportunities. How we achieve our “why” is by cultivating a tribal culture through learning, teaching and living our values.

    Since 1953, our formulation remains a secret. It is no secret that our passion for our people, culture, and brands is what distinguishes us. WD-40 Company has best-in-class products and we seek best-in-class talent.



    Why You Should Apply

    •  If you believe in our “why” this is the place for you
    • Over 93% employee engagement as of February 2018 global employee survey
    • Publicly traded company headquartered in San Diego, California since 1953
    • Voted Most Democratic Workplace and certified WorldBlu Freedom Centered Workplace
    • Learning based culture that supports the growth and development of our team members



    We’ve Got You Covered


    Our competitive and comprehensive benefits package provide you and your family with extensive protection and security, along with quality, life-enhancing programs to include; profit sharing, annual cash incentive reward potential for everyone, tuition reimbursement, 401K matching, short day Fridays and much more!



    Do You Align With Our Values?


    Please, only consider employment with WD-40 Company if you feel as strongly about our values as we do:  We live, breathe, and play by our values every day.


    • We value doing the right thing.
    • We value creating positive lasting memories in all our relationships.
    • We value making it better than it is today.
    • We value succeeding as a Tribe while excelling as individuals.
    • We value owning it and passionately acting on it.
    • We value sustaining the WD-40 Company economy.

    Apply Now

    Please visit us online to complete an application http://www.wd40company.com/about/careers/  

    Thank you for considering WD-40 Company in your career search.


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