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Manager, Kinder Toy Innovations

Job Location: ​Roosevelt Island​
Company description

Ferrero is anything but ordinary!  

Ferrero is a global company that is privately owned by the Ferrero family.  The company has grown from the small Italian confectionary shop in Alba, Italy to become the third largest confectionary manufacturer in the world, producing famous market-leading brands such as Nutella®, Tic Tac®, Ferrero Rocher®, and Kinder Joy®.

With new innovations and exciting expansions plans in place, there has never been a better time to join the Ferrero Group and be extraordinary with us!

Diversity Statement

Ferrero is committed to building a diverse and inclusive culture in which all employees feel welcomed and appreciated and have the same opportunities. We believe all of our people are equally talented in their own way. In nurturing the curiosity and natural abilities of our employees, we provide them, generation after generation, the means to succeed personally and professionally, enabling them to craft their journey at Ferrero. The diversity of our talents is what makes our work environment multicultural, innovative and highly rewarding.

Main Responsibilities:

The role will be responsible for innovative technology and material scouting, play concepts ideation and Proof of Concept (POC) development for the Kinder Toys of the future working from the New York open innovation team and in close collaboration with the toy innovation department based in Europe. 

About the Role:

•    Explore and perform research on new functional coatings, new materials and inks, electronics, novel digital media and unique mechanical mechanisms and think creatively how they can be implemented in innovative toy platforms and designs for toys.
•    Work closely with the central innovation department to translate scouted technologies and materials into new concept opportunities for toy development.
•    Activate and manage open innovation projects with identified universities, startups, consultants, to transform concept opportunities into POC through project scoping, planning, vendors negotiations, interaction with multiple stakeholders in Ferrero to assess project safety and quality, play value, manufacturing feasibility at mass scale.
•    Convey technical ideas to marketing professionals, and marketing ideas to technical people.
•    Work independently on multiple projects of different scales and scopes. 

Who we are looking for:

Required Experience:
•    Bachelor’s degree in Electronics, Engineering, Material Sciences
•    At least 4+ years’ experience in product innovation, project planning and Proof of Concept development
•    Successfully executed product development programs from idea to implementation working with cross-functional team.
•    Basic commercial acumen and acquired knowledge of the toys industry preferred
•    Enthusiastic, curious, pro-active, analytical, open-minded and can-do attitude with a strategic mind-set

How to be successful in the role and at Ferrero:

Consumers, quality and care are at the heart of everything we do. So, to be successful at Ferrero, you’ll need to be just as consumer and product centric as we are - dedicated to crafting brilliant results for consumers around the world. 

Strong analytical mind, attention to details on one hand, and ability to cooperate with employees at all levels and great organisational skills on the other, would be key to success.  Employee contribution and engagement at Ferrero is based on the individual, team and organisation dimension, so you should have the ability to work independently, as a part of the team and build good relations with stakeholders at all levels.  Being flexible and dealing with a dynamic working environment as well as the ability to embed new knowledge and skills in existing competencies will definitely help you to become high performer here.