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Head – New Product Development

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Job Title

Assistant General Manager (Head) - New Product Development

Overall Group’s Information

Established in 1974, this International group today comprises of 14 group companies involved primarily in developing, manufacturing, distributing and marketing of fragrances, color cosmetics, skin care, bath care and other personal care products.


Our global headquarters are located in the UAE.

Our brands are distributed in over 70 countries across the world through our own fully owned distribution and manufacturing companies, 3rd party distributors or direct-to-retail setups.


Some of our many globally distributed brands include, Creation Lamis, Jean Paul Dupont, Paris Collection, Bio Glow, Dorall Collection, Nomad Life & CP Trendies to name but a few.


Our group’s state of the art manufacturing and R&D units are; European Perfume Works (Sharjah, UAE) and Cosmetics Private Limited (Chennai, India).


In addition, we have sales & distribution companies in the USA, UK, Belgium, UAE and India, along with various further purchasing and sales offices.

We recognize our people as the groups most valuable assets and have skilled, committed and results-focused professionals with a variety of blue-chip company experience working with us across the globe.
The group employs more than 1000 people worldwide, from over 20 different countries.
We are looking for driven, energetic, entrepreneurial, dynamic and ambitious people who have an unending commitment to delivering the end result to join the International family.



Specific Company Information

The recruitment for this role will be via Cosmetics Private Limited (SCPL), based in Ahmedabad, India.




New Product Development

Reporting Structure


Reports to: CEO


Roles that report into the role holder:


x3 NPD Project Managers (based in UAE & India)


x1 Graphic Design Manager

x1 Product Design (3d) Manager

x1 Artwork Design Manager

(all in India)




x6 NPD Executives (split across locations)


x10 Graphic/Product/Artwork designers (in India)


Role Location

Ahmedabad, India


Educational Qualifications Required


  • Degree in Marketing, or Product Packaging would be a benefit.

Additional Qualifications Required


  • Masters would be a benefit, ideally in Sales, Marketing or Product Development fields.


Number of Years’ Experience required


  • 20 years minimum.
  • Must have had at least 7 years of experience in managing a team.



Must be someone who has worked in the personal care (hair care / skin care / body care), or color cosmetics industry.


Having worked in the perfumes industry will be an added benefit.



Job Purpose


To lead the significantly growing NPD team, across all product categories – to ensure OTIF delivery of innovative and heavily cost engineered products across all the group’s own brands.


Principal Accountabilities & Responsibilities


  • Manage the overall NPD process, to ensure that all projects are delivered OTIF.
  • Take responsibility from the day a project brief is opened, to the date of first production.
  • Establish systems, processes and a well-defined structure to help enable this.
  • Develops and implements methods and procedures for monitoring projects such as preparation of records of expenditures and research findings, progress reports, and staff conferences, to inform management of status of each project.
  • Be the central linkage point between R&D, Purchase, Production – to ensure products are launched on time.
  • Building and improving the vendor database we have.
  • Working on how to systemize innovation into the NPD process.
  • Training and developing the members of the NPD.
  • Being heavily involved in problem solving with all levels of the team.
  • Building & re-structuring the team to help deliver results.
  • Develop a NPD communication and launch process, to help our sales team in the successful launch of new products.
  • Conduct market research, competitor analysis & market insights.
  •  Coordinate with marketing & Sales team to Identify emerging trends.
  • Provide adequate trainings and motivate to perform within agreed timelines.


Skills & Competencies Required


  • Must be very organized.
  • Should have dealt with a range of diverse packaging formats (glass, PET, HDPE, laminates).
  • Must have worked in roles that involve a high level of project management.
  • Must have worked with a large number of projects launches, across a variety of product categories. – will be working on over 100 launches per year.
  • Someone who has handled just a few launches per year will not be suitable.
  • Should be adaptable, to working across a range of different brands & product categories on a daily basis.
  • Must have managed teams of minimum 5 people.
  • Shown constant ability to cost engineer packaging.
  • Shown ability to develop systems & process in departments.



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