Del Monte Foods Walnut Creek , CA 94596

Posted 2 weeks ago


The ABM II Innovation will support the SBM Innovation to lead highly complex new product initiatives through the Del Monte innovation process to launch. They will lead cross-functional teams responsible for delivering broad, multi-level platforms that provide long term enterprise value, considering strategic, consumer, technical, and business viability. The Sr. ABM will lead with an Enterprise mindset, balancing the need for creativity and an entrepreneurial approach with strategy and discipline. They will work with the base business team to ensure strategic alignment and represent innovation with multiple stakeholders, such as R&D, Consumer Insights, Operations, Sales, Finance and Customers.


  • Strategy

  • Help shape and support brand innovation strategies, including multi-year platforms

  • Engage with Base Marketing team to develop innovation strategies for their brands

  • Innovation and Strategy

  • Support and manage complex innovation projects linked to brand strategies and multi-year growth platforms

  • Key member of small "Lean Innovation" teams (4-5 people/team) that drive all aspects of new product platforms, as well as the broader, x-functional organizational effort to meet initiative goals & timelines

  • Responsible for taking innovation initiatives from early concept through to launch

  • Leverage research (historical, secondary) and insights (consumer and supplier research, trends) to identify and define Innovation opportunities

  • Network with key stakeholders throughout the organization (R&D, Manufacturing, Sales, Finance, etc.) to both manage the work and ensure effective buy-in

  • Facilitate meetings with stakeholders to develop novel ideas and solutions while creating buy-in

  • Manage details of overall project and timeline

  • Provide continuity and support to Base Marketing Team as they take responsibility of new product launches after sales webcast.

  • Finance

  • Support P&L development for the new brands, sub-brands and platforms they create, evaluating alternatives to meet financial launch hurdles

  • Manage the budget for innovation platform development and new item launch support

  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Innovation Leadership

  • Proposes and executes plans that add value and create competitive advantage based on knowledge of how the business works and how Del Monte competes in the marketplace

  • Rallies support behind the vision and exhibits optimism. Translates vision and strategy into explicit plans and action. Aligns work and resources to ensure their success

  • Alternates between a creative, innovation focus and technically, operationally and business focus at different stages of the process

  • Persistence

  • Asserts own ideas and persuades or negotiates with others to gain support or acceptance

  • Effectively challenges current process to overcome barriers to take new ideas to launch

  • Embraces novel ideas, incorporating failures and setbacks into revised approaches

  • Persist despite set-backs and works to gain acceptance for ideas

  • Can partner successfully within teams and cross-functionally to get things accomplished

  • Creative Ability

  • Creates an inclusive and creative environment, embracing diverse viewpoints and drawing on talents and ideas from all parts of the organization

  • Incorporates novel and seemingly disparate ideas from different industries, cultures, and employees. Sees opportunities others do not

  • Risk Taking

  • Is proactive and resourceful in collecting information and perspectives to analyze complex problems or anticipate emerging situations

  • Identifies potential scenarios and considers all possible impacts and outcomes when choosing a course of action

  • Tolerance for Ambiguity

  • Follows the organization's innovation process, while embracing the requirement for speed and flexibility

  • Adapts behaviors and thinking when responding to changing or unexpected demands and situations

  • Facilitates open-ended, non-judgmental discussions to find new solutions where everyone has a voice

  • BS/BA required; MBA in Marketing or related field preferred

  • Consumer Goods Experience required

  • 3-6 years' experience in innovation and marketing with the following specialization:

  • Demonstrated success taking innovation ideas to market

  • Broad-based cross-functional experience

  • Team facilitation and innovation project leadership

  • Possesses a strong passion for Innovation and a unique combination of soft (highly creative, curious, close to rapidly changing trends) and hard (general mgt orientation, highly strategic, financially sound) that define successful Innovation leaders.

Del Monte Foods is one of the country's largest and most well-known producers, distributors and marketers of premium quality, branded food products for the U.S. retail market. With a powerful portfolio of brands, Del Monte products are found in six out of ten U.S. households. Brands include Del Monte, Contadina, S&W, College Inn, and other brand names. The Company also produces and distributes private label food products. For more information on Del Monte Foods, visit the Company's website at www.delmontefoods.com.


  • Competitive salary

  • Comprehensive benefits package including Medical, Dental, Vision, and 401(k)

Del Monte Foods, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, sexual orientation, age, marital status, medical condition, disability, protected veteran status, or any other legally protected status.

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Please be advised that your application is not complete until you fill out, sign, and submit an Application for Employment for a specific position for which Del Monte Foods, Inc. is actively recruiting. Your application must reflect that you possess the required qualifications for the position.

No sponsorship is available for this position.

No agencies or 3rd party vendors.

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