Strategic Innovation Manager – Ostomy

Location: UK Field/Home Based

Contract Type: Permanent Full Time

Closing Date: 01 October 2021

Salary: Competitive

Strategic Innovation Manager – Ostomy


The Eakin R&D Strategic Innovation Team works within speciality areas aligned to the EHG core business activities with a remit to shape the future direction and feed the development pipeline to ensure sustainable growth in ostomy for the Eakin Healthcare Group (EHG).

Reporting to the Director of Innovation, the role combines technical and commercial aspects with the post holder leading activities to understand and define strategic market opportunities through market landscaping and stakeholder research, exploration, and evaluation technology approaches, defining early-stage solutions and building business cases to justify product development activities.  The role will work closely and collaboratively with other member of the Strategic Innovation Team, Eakin R&D, T.G. Eakin, and Pelican Healthcare.

The successful candidate is likely to have worked the ostomy care market, either directly in a front end / strategic marketing role or in a consultancy capacity and must have demonstrable experience of developing, managing, and delivering evidence-based projects, working with multi-disciplinary teams to translate primary and secondary research into tangible development opportunities.



Strategic innovation

  • Understand and represent the strategic market needs to drive commercial vision and inform longer-term planning.
  • Staying abreast of the market trends, clinical practice development, emerging market needs, competitor intelligence.
  • Lead market and stakeholder insight research and data analysis
  • Create business cases for product developments, in collaboration with clinical, commercial, finance and R&D.
  • Be a champion for new products in development, driving the development teams to deliver to requirements of the users.
  • Evaluate new technologies in collaboration with clinical, engineering & research colleagues
  • Input into the identification of potential technology licencing opportunities
  • Assist in the evaluation of potential technology licencing/co-development/M&A opportunities

Planning and budgeting

  • Planning of project activities in a leading and supporting capacity using our project management system Mavenlink.
  • Identify and work with third party suppliers e.g., consultancies, as required, to provide additional skills, expertise and resource to deliver projects
  • Manage the project resources appropriately to ensure projects are delivered within the timescales and budget.

Mentoring and support

  • Support, through collaborative working and mentoring, to realise the strategic aims of the Strategic Innovation Team, its projects, and the wider Group.


  • To adhere to the company’s Equal Opportunities policy and Dignity at Work policy in all activities and to actively promote equality of opportunity wherever possible
  • To be responsible for your own health and safety and that of your colleagues, in accordance with the company’s’ Health and Safety policy
  • To adhere to the company’s Quality policy and Environmental policy
  • To undertake other duties as may be reasonably required




  • A university degree in a relevant science subject
  • Experience of the Ostomy care market, products and technologies gained from the medical device industry (e.g. as part of a strategic marketing function, front end innovation/early product development or product management) or Ostomy care specific consulting activities.
  • Experience in a project management role and use of project management systems, such as Mavenlink, to actively plan and track project activities and budgets.
  • Market and stakeholder research skills
  • Data analysis
  • Commercial acumen


  • Experience of managing external delivery partners
  • Outcome Driven Innovation




  • Innovation Team
  • Eakin R&D
  • G. Eakin and Pelican Healthcare


  • Collaborators e.g. Universities
  • Suppliers e.g. consultancies



  • Travel will be required from time to time to Eakin sites, as work dictates.



Commercial Orientation – Ensures appropriate data is used to evaluate risks.  Looks at the wider implications and is likely to try to assess the long-term impact.  Influences others and intervenes to get appropriate results

Planning and Organising – Thinks things through well in advance and maps out future activities, taking the key stages and requirements into account.  Likes to monitor to ensure that things are implemented and delivered effectively

Quality Orientation – Is precise, pays attention to details, checks things and ties up ‘loose ends’.  Has a strong conscience about getting things right and seeks to ensure that decisions and solutions do not involve undue risk, adheres to policy and standards.

Team Working – Enjoys participating in group activities and likes to work in close proximity with other people.  Is ready to collaborate with and support others and is willing to co-operate and compromise for the overall good. Willingness to both manage and contribute to the delivery of project activities. Knows ow to get the best out of a team in any given situation.

Oral Communication – Talks readily and confidently to people, expressing themselves with obvious ease.  Speak out and makes themselves heard, often playing a leading and influential role in debate and discussion.

Problem solving – Generates and promotes solutions.  Sees clearly which is the best way forward.  Able to make decisions and commitments within appropriate time frame

Resilience – Can work under pressure, remains calm, thinks clearly and manages emotion under pressure. Addresses issues without being aggressive or controlling and can easily bounce back from setbacks. Is open to feedback and doesn’t dwell on past events.

Analytical – Enjoys analysing qualitative data but also considers quantitative and seeks to identify and explore they key elements in information before making commitments.  Tends to like to use facts and figures when planning and reporting and is concerned about accuracy and detail

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