Germany, Düsseldorf, Henkel Consumer Brands

Head of Supplier Innovation Management (d/f/m)

At Henkel, you can build on a strong legacy and leading positions in both industrial and consumer businesses to reimagine and improve life every day. If you love challenging the status quo, join our community of over 47.000 pioneers around the globe. Our teams at Henkel Consumer Brands continuously drive the evolution in dynamic categories: Laundry & Home Care and Hair. With our trusted brands, including Persil and Schwarzkopf, our cutting-edge technologies and our disruptive solutions, you will have countless opportunities to explore new paths and develop your skills. Grow within our future-led businesses, our diverse and vibrant culture and find a place where you simply belong. All to leave your mark for more sustainable growth.

Dare to make an impact?


  • Define and steer strategy consistent with defined business plan, oversees development projects with external partners
  • Steer project portfolio of Open Innovation activities together with R&D (design team) and business responsibles
  • Ensure fulfillment of KPIs in innovation performance and quality as well as sustainability objectives
  • Define and plan resources to meet planned objectives and reports on R&D activities
  • Develop team members regarding leadership and technical/digital competences
  • Provide guidance to x-functional/x-company teams regarding (new) collaboration approaches, shapes networks and partnerships to foster successful innovations
  • Generate data and overviews to allow governance of projects and partners
  • Benchmark the operations at Henkel with relevant competitors and develops improvements for faster and stronger innovations and processes


  • Master´s degree, preferably with a subsequent PhD in the area of Natural or Material Science
  • At least 10 years of experience in the chemical industry or in a role of Open Innovation management within FMCG companies
  • Extensive experience in agile working and acting as a change agent
  • A passion for innovation and technology putting consumers at the center
  • Demonstrating a thorough understanding of sustainability goals as a corporate company
  • Strong leadership, communication, and collaboration skills to effectively manage x-functional and international teams and stakeholders, also remotely
  • Proven ability to manage complex projects, balancing multiple priorities without compromising quality or timelines
  • Entrepreneurial mindset with a keen ability to identify and seize opportunities for improvement and innovation
  • Resilience, flexibility, and the courage to explore uncharted territories and unconventional solutions
    Fluent english skills

At Henkel, we come from a broad range of backgrounds, perspectives, and life experiences. We believe the uniqueness of all our employees is the power in us. Become part of the team and bring your uniqueness to us! We welcome all applications across different genders, origins, cultures, religions, sexual orientations, disabilities, and generations.

JOB ID: 24065443
Contract & Job type: Regular - Full Time
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