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Head of Innovation (FTC)

  • Job
    Expert Level
  • Business, Operations & Strategy
  • London

AI generated summary

  • You are an inquisitive problem solver with strong leadership skills, thrive in ambiguity, have experience in innovation projects in sports apparel/retail, and excel in building relationships.
  • You lead a team to deliver innovative projects, communicate progress to senior stakeholders, collaborate with cross-functional teams, manage external partnerships, drive design thinking, and foster an innovation culture within the organization.


  • You are an inquisitive problem solver with strong leadership and influencing skills.
  • You thrive in a dynamic environment and are comfortable with ambiguity.
  • You have a proven track record in managing innovation projects and leading cross-functional teams, ideally within the sports apparel or retail sector
  • Your ability to communicate effectively and build strong relationships will be key to your success.


  • Leadership & Team Management: Successfully lead and motivate a team of 6+ to deliver innovative propositions aligned with our strategic plans.
  • Project Management: Oversee multiple live innovation projects, ensuring they are on track and meeting quality standards.
  • Stakeholder Communication: Regularly update senior stakeholders, including the Pentland Executive Team and Pentland Brands Board, on innovation progress and functional KPIs.
  • Cross-Functional Collaboration: Work closely with the Product Transformation Director and Brand Innovation Leads to prioritise projects considering budget and resource constraints.
  • External Partnerships: Manage relationships and contracts with external innovation partners from academia and business.
  • Design Thinking & MVP: Lead design sprints around new ideas and deliver minimum viable products (MVPs) with clear recommendations for scaling.
  • Innovation Culture: Embed a more entrepreneurial spirit across the organisation and challenge the status quo.


What are the key responsibilities of the Head of Innovation at Pentland Brands?

The key responsibilities of the Head of Innovation include leading the Innovation team, exploring new business models, delivering high-impact solutions, managing projects in the Innovation 'R&D Hub', and ensuring Pentland Brands remains at the forefront of innovation.

Is this role a permanent position?

No, this role is a maternity cover fixed term contract.

What kind of experience and qualifications are required for the Head of Innovation role?

We are looking for candidates with proven experience in innovation and project management, as well as a strong understanding of business strategy. A background in a relevant industry, such as retail or consumer goods, is also preferred. A degree in a related field is desirable.

What opportunities for growth and development are available in this role?

The Head of Innovation role offers the opportunity to lead a dynamic team, work on exciting projects, and make a significant impact on Pentland Brands' innovation strategy. There may also be opportunities for career progression within the company after the fixed term contract ends.

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Mission & Purpose

Pioneering brands that make life better. We are Pentland Brands, a global family business bringing some of the most loved sports, outdoor and lifestyle brands to millions of people around the world. We own Speedo, Berghaus, Canterbury of New Zealand, Endura, Mitre, ellesse, SeaVees, KangaROOS and Red or Dead. We’re the footwear and apparel licensee for Kickers in the UK. We also have a joint venture partnership with Lacoste for footwear. All our brands have their own unique identities and every one of them is powered by Pentland. We have around 1,400 employees worldwide and we’re always on the lookout for talented, enthusiastic people to help shape our future. We celebrate difference and give everyone the freedom to innovate and develop, be it through creative working environments or learning opportunities. Our brands are there in the moments that matter - being there for more people, in more of those moments, drives everything we do. At Pentland, we’re guided by four principles, we use these to make sure we’re not only doing a great job, but we’re doing it in the right way: - Success is a team game - With clarity and courage - Better as standard - In good conscience


  • Building a positive business

    Our teams are united in taking action for people and planet. We focus on creating products our consumers are proud to wear, by supporting workers in our supply chain, helping our own people to achieve their best, and giving back to our communities. We have three employee positive business squads, which drive how we take action across areas including sustainability, charity, diversity and inclusion.

  • Health & wellbeing

    Other benefits we offer include a one hour time-out every day, an employee assistance programme for confidential advice and access to counsellors, D&I support squads, social events and give-back days.

  • Career development

    We help our people reach their potential through programmes such as unlimited access to LinkedIn Learning, regular speaker sessions and sponsorship or study support to colleagues looking to achieve their further education ambitions.

  • Rewards & recognition

    We offer generous discounts across our brands, so you can enjoy the outdoors in Berghaus or bring tennis chic to the streets in ellesse.

  • Hybrid & flexible working

    We understand that balance is important, whether you’re based in one of our global offices or working from home. All our offices are designed to be creative environments for our people to thrive. We also make space for our people to work flexibly where they can, in a way that’s right for them.