Lead Innovation Manager Job – Uganda Breweries LTD

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Job Description :

About us

From Arthur Guinness to Johnnie Walker, our business was founded on people of great character, and in 250 years, nothing’s changed. We’re the world’s leading premium alcohol company. Our brands are industry icons. And our success is thanks to the diversity of our talent and strength of our people, in every role. It’s why we trust them with our legacy. And it’s why we reward them with the career-defining opportunities that they deserve. Our ambition is to create the best performing, most trusted and respected Consumer Products Company in the world. To achieve these, we need the world’s very best people.

Uganda Breweries’ vision to create “the best performing, most trusted and respected consumer products company in Uganda” presents an immense challenge for the business calling for radical growth drivers into new segments and/or markets.  Fundamental to delivery of this vision will be innovation agenda and its ability to break into new categories.

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About the Role

Reports To: Marketing & Innovation Director

The Innovation function is seen as the key driver in providing aggressive top-line growth and increasing bottom-line results.  The overall goal of innovation is to assist UBL’s growth into new markets, improve quality, extend EABL’s product range, improve production processes and make cost savings.

Purpose of Role:

The role holder will be responsible for the development and execution of the company’s strategic innovation program for UBL (key pillar for Growth).   He/she will be responsible for the development and execution of a robust pipeline to deliver on NSV commitments, Pipeline outputs and portfolio gaps within the business.   

The role holder will be responsible for delivering innovation programs at pace and scale that are critical to the business strategy and will generate steady growth for the company. To transform UBL to being the most innovative company in Diageo and become the single largest growth contributor delivering 6% of Net Sales Value (NSV) growth and delivers 10% NSV growth.  Doing this will also help support Diageo Africa’s journey to transform its business. ​


  • Management of A & P investment by brand/project.

  • Effective deployment of resource

Leadership Responsibilities:

  • Shows initiative at a tactical level and develops ideas effectively against established business strategies

  • Shows an interest in consumers, customers and brands

  • Builds strong relations among stakeholders

  • Responds positively to direction and shows energy in delivering what is expected within own area of work

  • Operates in a purposeful manner against agreed priorities

  • Keep goals in mind but may be reliant on others to sustain the momentum when faced with difficulty.

Top Accountabilities

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Develop a five year innovation pipeline in line with UBL’s business strategy and Global innovation ambition

  • Manage internal and external stakeholders to ensure the delivery of the business strategy including the development of cross functional teams to drive innovation execution

  • Execute the year on year innovation pipeline to ensure innovations deliver NSV commitments for the business

  • Continuously evaluate pipeline fit within the portfolio and advise Global teams and local executive teams on solutions and focus for the period

  • Deliver commercially grounded innovative solutions and project proposals on time and budget

  • Identify and deliver incremental and scalable ideas to drive organic growth.

  • Ensure that opportunities are grounded in superior consumer insights, consumer scope research and changing consumer trends

  • Grow innovations into sustainable brands that add value to their trademark and/or total business if they are new to world

  • Manage innovation performance month on month to ensure achievement of KPI’s

  • Manage, develop and motivate the innovations team to achieve planned KPI’s

Qualifications and Experience Required:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Marketing or a business related field.

  • Minimum 5 years in Sales/ Marketing /Innovation or New Business Development at a FMCG company.

  • Knowledge and understanding of Consumer Insight generation, advertising, media concepts, Strategy formulation, Trade channels and their working.

  • Project Management Capability

Skills & Knowledge Required:

  • Influencing skills

  • Stakeholder management

  • Strategic thinking and focus

  • Good knowledge of consumers and consumer behaviors

  • Commercial acumen

  • Market business Planning

  • Project Management excellence

Celebrating our inclusive and diverse culture is core to Diageo’s purpose of “celebrating life every day everywhere”. This purpose is in itself, inclusive in nature, as it values everybody irrespective of background, gender, disability, religion or ethnicity.

We know that for our business to thrive and for Diageo to realize its ambition, we depend on having diverse talent with a range of backgrounds, skills and capabilities in each of the 180 countries in which we operate and to reflect our broad consumer base. We view diversity as one of the key enablers that helps our business to grow and our values, purpose and standards set the conditions for us to respect the unique contribution each person brings.

Flexibility is key to success in our business and many of our staff work flexibly in many different ways. Please talk to us about what flexibility means to you and don’t let anything stop you from applying.

Character Is Everything

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