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Philips Head of Innovation - Beauty in Amsterdam, Netherlands


In this role, you have the opportunity to

Drive the complete Innovation Program of Female Beauty with a focus on the domains of female hair removal and hair care. An opportunity to play a meaningful role in an exciting journey: crafting medical regulated products in the dynamic domain of fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG).

You are responsible for

As Head of Innovation you are responsible for the end-to-end product innovation and development of female beauty products with a focus on the domains of hair removal and hair care. From initial idea, through pre-development, product development, industrialization up to post-market surveillance.

  • lead a team of multi-disciplinary professionals through a group of sub business innovation leaders and functional group leaders and PM (>80 people, over multiple locations).

  • define the most competitive innovation strategy

  • develop and maintain a strong roadmap that delivers the business growth

  • guide your team in translating the roadmap into projects

  • secure that the projects are delivered in time, within budget and on quality

  • drive resolution for all product related issues in the market

  • ensure that we co-develop and implement, together with regulatory and clinical colleagues, a strong and realistic regulatory and clinical plan for our medical market access related product portfolio (IPL)

  • drive Consumer Centric Innovation, product superiority and Open Innovation

  • integrate Philips-, partner and supplier functions and drive x-functional, x-site, x-partner and x-cultural collaboration

  • ensure that lean practices (visual daily-management, standardized tasks, ‘go-and-sees’ etc.) are established and maintained

  • inform all partners actively on the status of the projects and all technical issues

  • realize development of the domain competence in the Innovation Team

You are a part of

You will be part of the management team of Beauty, reporting to the Business Leader of Beauty and you will be part of the Personal Health Innovation Management Team. The Beauty innovation team consists of 3 directors of Innovation and more than 80 developers working on innovation, development as well as life cycle management (based on multiple locations in the world). The team daily interacts with marketing managers, Clinical and Regulatory experts, industrial designers, advanced manufacturing engineers, process engineers and 3rd parties.

You will be based in the Netherlands, and spend significant time in Amsterdam at our Philips Headquarters and at the Innovation Site Eindhoven at the heart of the Eindhoven High Tech Campus.

To succeed in this role, you should have the following skills and experience

  • MSc in Mechanical Engineering, Mechatronics, Electronics, Biomechanics or Physics or a comparable field

  • At least 15 years of experience in product development, project management and development leadership roles

  • Proven experience of developing consumer related products from concept development to market launch with key involvement in the industrialization phase

  • Highly preferable to have experience in the medical device industry (FDA/EUMDR regulation)

  • Established eye for business

  • Strong people leadership skills that go beyond managing via direct hierarchy

  • Ability to inspire change and transform and being able to shape the broader organization for the future

  • Strong communicator and relationship-builder within multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural environment.

  • Knowledge of digital engagement approaches, awareness of how digital platforms can attract and retain their customers

  • Understanding of new sensor technology developments, miniaturization, battery trends

  • Understanding digital cloud platforms to allow on-board/cloud AI critical thinking

  • Up to date with new technologies like deep learning, machine learning and translation of these into small footprint designs

In return, we offer you

A vital role in a dynamic multifunctional environment. A position that enables you to significantly contribute to the strategy of Philips. Together with your team you make it possible that medical devices get accessible to consumers and that we enter this new era with the most innovative, digital platforms. This will improve people’s lives daily.

Why should you join Philips?

Working at Philips is more than a job. It’s a calling to create a healthier society through meaningful work, focused on improving 3 billion lives a year by delivering innovative solutions across the health continuum . Our people experience a variety of unexpected moments when their lives and careers come together in meaningful ways. Learn more by watching this video .

To find out more about what it’s like working for Philips at a personal level, visit the Working at Philips page on our career website, where you can read stories from our employee blog . Once there,you can also learn about our recruitment process , or find answers to some of the frequently asked questions .