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Innovation Process Leader at Kimberly-Clark Corporation

Posted in General Business 18 days ago.

Type: Full-Time
Location: Chicago, Illinois

Job Description:

Innovation Process Leader

Job Description

Summary of Position: Strategic Intent

This role functions as part of the Strategy and Capability team.  The incumbent has contact and works collaboratively with business unit leaders, functional managers, and global innovation teams to facilitate and execute key strategic business processes with a continuous improvement mindset.  This role will maintain and communicate the innovation portfolio and project status database (ION) and drive innovation planning, analysis, and reporting. 

Organization: People Responsibilities / reporting relationships

Incumbent reports to the Family Care Director of Strategies and Capabilities.  This role supports strategy deployment process and facilitate/drive IMF, SBP, S&OP, AOP, and many other processes within Family Care.  This position works closely with a broad base of internal stakeholders that will include Engineering, Research and Development, Supply Chain, Finance, Manufacturing, Marketing, and cross-functional Business Unit teams. 

Key Responsibilities:

  • Maximize the returns of the BU investments through coordination, facilitation, and continuous improvement of business decision making processes.

  • Work with FC leadership to guide the SBP development and Check & Adjust processes to create and implement the Family Care strategic plans needed to meet long-term business commitments.

  • Facilitate monthly IMF reviews to gain alignment and focus the organization on the right opportunities to meet the business goals.

  • Act as process owner for monthly S&OP Product Reviews and ensure brand meetings provide complete yet concise reviews for brand teams while meeting Global S&OP standards.

  • Own and administrate the ION innovation reporting database for Family Care to achieve data integrity and compliance with global innovation reporting standards.

  • Maintain close contacts with KCNA Personal Care counterparts to share best practices, maintain standards across KCNA, and provide an aligned approach to process problem solving and development opportunities.

  • Identify and lead strategic business level initiatives that continues to challenge the team towards full potential thinking.


  • High level of analytical ability/experience driving insights and influencing skills.

  • Strong presentation, project management, process improvement, and communication skills/experience.

  • Ability to work both independently and within a team structure with a high degree of autonomy.

  • Executive presence and facilitation skills.  Ability to interface, communicate with, and influence multiple functions and leadership levels.

  • LEAN/Continuous Improvement experience.

Education required/preferred:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in business related fields such as Engineering, Manufacturing, Operations, Economics, Finance, Supply Chain.


  • Minimum of 6-8+ years of experience in a consumer or strategy focused role or another equivalent combination of education and experience.

Kimberly-Clark and its well-known global brands are an indispensable part of life for people in more than 175 countries. Every day, 1.3 billion people - nearly a quarter of the world's population - trust K-C brands and the solutions they provide to enhance their health, hygiene, and well-being. With brands such as Kleenex, Scott, Huggies, Pull-Ups, Kotex, and Depend, Kimberly-Clark holds No.1 or No. 2 share positions in more than 80 countries. With more than 140 years of history of innovation, we believe in recruiting the best people and empowering them do their best work.  If fresh thinking and a passion to win inspire you, come Unleash Your Power at Kimberly-Clark. 

For Kimberly-Clark to grow and prosper, we must be an inclusive organization that applies the diverse experiences and passions of its team members to brands that make life better for people all around the world.  We actively seek to build a workforce that reflects the experiences of our consumers.  When you bring your original thinking to Kimberly-Clark, you fuel the continued success of our enterprise. We are a committed equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, pregnancy, genetic information, citizenship status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

The statements above are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by employees assigned to this classification. Statements are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities and skills required for this position.

This position may require a post-offer/pre-hire Physical Abilities Test (PAT) to confirm that individuals are able to perform the essential functions of the job.

K-C requires that an employee have authorization to work in the country in which the role is based.  In the event an applicant does not have current work authorization, K-C will determine, in its sole discretion, whether to sponsor an individual for work authorization.  However, based on immigration requirements, not all roles are suitable for sponsorship. This position is subject to drug and alcohol testing, including pre-employment testing.

Global VISA and Relocation Specifications:

K-C will support in-country relocation for the chosen candidate for the role, including assistance to obtain proper work authorization. The benefits provided will be per the terms of K-C’s applicable mobility policies. The benefits/policy provided will decided in K-C’s sole discretion.

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