Simple Mills

Company Description:

Simple Mills enriches lives and bodies through simple, delicious, real foods. We strive to make healthful choices easy by offering food that tastes great in the moment and nourishes your body for the long-term.
We believe if you don’t recognize an ingredient, your body won’t either, so we handpick ours with purpose – only including things that nourish you. Nothing artificial, ever. We’re here to positively impact the way food is made, because we believe good health enables greater, passion-filled lives. Clean, nutritious foods, for a greater life. It’s that simple.

Internship Job Description:

Vice President of Innovation

Job Description:

The Vice President of Innovation works with the Simple Mills innovation team to lead the development of our new and existing product lines. The position reports to the CEO and leads the Marketing Innovation Team, Strategic Procurement, Research & Development (including food scientists), and Innovation Product Change Management. The role serves on the Simple Mills Leadership Team.

Role Responsibilities:

Leading the Innovation, Strategic Procurement, Research & Development, and Innovation Product Commercialization Management Teams

Establishing and executing multi-year innovation pipeline from concept to commercialization
Oversees the Innovation Team that is responsible for:
Identifying and assessing innovation opportunities, performing competitive assessments, and developing product concepts
Monitoring trends and external landscape
Managing cross-functional innovation timelines
Benchtopping concepts, developing recipes, testing recipes at the plant, and commercializing recipes
Creatively solving innovation challenges presented in the development and commercialization process
Partnering with Finance to forecast innovation revenue and profitability
Partnering with Quality and Contract Manufacturing to optimize and continuously improve product quality
Partnering with Marketing and Operations to monitor and refine products post-launch
Partnering with suppliers and growers to identify and source unique ingredients
Communicating and aligning team against company strategy, mission, and plans
Develops, coaches, and recruits new team members the Innovation team
Partner with sales leadership and key customers to stay connected to critical retail trends and customer’s pressing problems to solve.
Coordinates innovation efforts with the Brand Marketing, Finance, Supply Chain, and Contract Manufacturing teams

Type and Timing of Internship:

Full Time

Internship Location:

Chicago, IL


Application Instructions:


The successful applicant will have the following minimum qualifications:

A deep passion and curiosity for natural food, healthy eating, holistic health. A desire to positively impact our food industry.
Minimum experience of 10-15 years’ experience in marketing, innovation, or research & development for a CPG brand.
Minimum of 5 years’ experience managing cross-functional innovation projects.
Entrepreneurial mindset. Appreciation for ambiguity. Ability to create structure and organization from scratch, creatively solve problems with incomplete information, and roll up sleeves.
Experience partnering with contract manufacturers to execute innovation.
Ideal candidates will have a master’s degree in business or related field.
Exceptional leadership, interpersonal, and communication skills. Includes the ability to have supportive but candid conversations with leaders of all levels and tenure and the ability to communicate and build alignment across a fast-growing organization.
Strong analytical, decision-making, and problem-solving skills.

If you are interested in this role, please send a cover letter to, answering the following questions on one sheet or less. Applications that omit the cover letter and associated questions will not be considered.

Describe your interest in the natural food industry and holistic health. How does this curiosity and interest show up in your life?
What has shaped your views on health and nutrition? What books have influenced these views?
If we paid a surprise visit to your kitchen today, what would we find in your pantry? Please share a picture of your pantry showcasing some of the main brands that embody your views on nutrition and health.

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