Product and Innovation Portfolio Manager

Job Title:  Product and Innovation Portfolio Manager

Department: Innovation

Reports To:  CEO and/or COO and/or VP of the Regeneration Department

Salary Range: $75,000-85,000/year

If you are motivated and passionate about the environment, have strong communication skills, a personable and friendly demeanor, and would like to work for a rapidly growing and successful environmental company, we want you! Green Circle Salons is a complete service provider enabling salons and spas to offer greener, smarter choices to their customers and employees. Our systems are designed to offer an affordable and achievable pathway for salons to make a difference and build a sustainable green business approach and lifestyle. We get salons started in a simple, affordable way and then provide a toolkit of achievable products and services that can be introduced to make the green difference that our network desires. Green Circle represents the largest consortium of sustainably-minded salons, spas, beauty product manufacturers and distribution houses in the world. We also believe in a business approach and style that is simple, straightforward and fair. Our relationships are about clear expectations, best of class service providers, ethical business dealings, accountability and building strong communication and relationships. Honesty, integrity, accountability, and fairness form our compass.


Reporting directly to the CEO and/or COO and/or VP of the Regeneration Department, the Product and Innovation Portfolio Manager will manage all aspects of the research and development (RD) product, design and innovation. Leading the development of a potential pipeline of products and/or categories to ensure a sustainable stream of innovative product introductions over the long term.

The Product and Innovation Portfolio Manager will naturally align with our four core values:



  • Help co-workers and partners so that we can all do big work
  • Engage with humility and curiosity, not ego
  • Say what you mean and mean what you say (clear is kind)
  • Respect diversity of thoughts, perspective and experience



  • See challenges as opportunities, contribute solutions
  • Engage with hope and optimism
  • Embrace a growth mindset and engage in continuous learning



  • Honour your commitment and follow through
  • Call attention to bottlenecks (unlock the bottleneck)
  • Go above and beyond, and strive for excellence



  • Driven by social, environmental and economic health
  • Be the change you want to see in the world
  • Lead by example, live a more sustainable lifestyle
  • Purpose driven to become a force for good


Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Research Design and Execution: work collaboratively and guide cross-functional teams in the development and implementation of a broad, coordinated set of innovation projects to commercialization to meet revenue, volume, growth, and quality goals 
  • Analysis: constantly up to date on the ongoing market, category, external trend insights, and brand analysis to develop concepts and ideas
  • Storytelling: collecting, analyzing and presenting data from the industry and research to bring internal and external stakeholders along
  • Project management: facilitate the definition of project scopes, goals, tasks and resource (people and cost) requirements
  • Act as the link between Marketing, Technology, Sales and Operations to operationalize plans
  • Take a lead role in maintaining ongoing communication with external stakeholders and contractors
  • Executing with Excellence: develop timelines based on targeted launch dates, project types and complexity of development
  • Ensure that project scopes and timing take into consideration key elements such as route to market, legal and regulatory considerations, product type, production / 3rd party agreements and overall reduction of complexity
  • Ensure that suitable risk assessment and contingency planning takes place, is communicated and agreed upon by all stakeholders
  • Report progress of projects to senior management on a weekly basis
  • Alert senior management of issues and highlight their impact on timelines and launch dates
  • Ensure all projects are properly documented and have been reviewed and agreed upon by all appropriate stakeholders
  • Prepare and edit emails and reports, lead meetings, and make presentations.
  • Own and manage the P&L: accountable for product P&L and business case development for new innovation propositions 
  • Goal setting and planning for the department
  • Work with the senior management team to set departmental objectives for the next one to three years
  • Prepare and manage a budget in collaboration with senior management
  • Create, review, evaluate, implement, and monitor both departmental and interdepartmental standard operating systems and processes
  • Monitor, evaluate and analyze innovation processes
  • Understand the recycling industry and its trends, as well as where it is heading in order to identify, create and implement appropriate new innovation strategies
  • Manage the new product introduction process
  • Liaise with key stakeholders across R&D, operation, finance, etc. to deliver new products on time / budget / high quality
  • Develop a technology and innovation portfolio that provides unique solutions to GCS customer needs
  • Communicate technical solutions and knowledge to internal and external collaborators
  • Facilitate the development of products ensuring they are in line with strategic & commercial priorities
  • Partner with internal groups such as marketing, sales and operations to create and manage a product and technology plan to support overall business strategy and drive processes to manage the new technology portfolio
  • Work closely with all departments to understand our needs and develop an innovation pipeline of products and or services
  • Manage relationships with peers, key customers, and strategic partners
  • Understand consumer / customer insights
  • Develop an Innovation strategy, roadmap and pipeline
  • Continuously improve the brand’s technological capabilities
  • Explore and test new and emerging technologies and partners to ensure Green Circle is staying at the forefront of innovation in our space
  • Create a strong innovation strategy and robust pipeline that is customer-focused and aligned with our long term business strategy, and drives our core business
  • Identify and develop new strategic opportunities, platforms, and innovation initiatives that will enhance our existing business and portfolios of partners for development, R&D and to bring these innovations to life
  • Develop an effective and streamlined innovation process that delivers a consumer-validated, commercially viable and profit-enhancing innovation pipeline
  • Collaborate with key vendors and partners around key trend/innovation insights and future new product introductions
  • Work closely with GCS Sales and Marketing to support the company’s sales growth initiatives
  • Work closely with Operations on special projects to enhance and support company-wide initiatives
  • Build and maintain a network of external innovation and technology contacts and resources, and utilize where appropriate to support our growth strategy and innovation pipeline
  • Demonstrates outward leadership and ownership around alignment with the Operating Team when decisions are made at the management level
  • Coach and Mentor team
  • Mentor and inspire any direct reports to maximize individual potential
  • Assist in the recruitment and placement of staff; improve organizational structure; delegate tasks and accountabilities (including job descriptions); supervise all innovation projects and team members and monitor and evaluate performance of those team members as required


Education and Experience

  • Self-starter, entrepreneurial spirit
  • Must display a strong ability to work in an ambiguous environment
  • Strong leadership skills to courageously lead cross-functional teams through different project types
  • Entrepreneurial mindset (capable of allocating resources to the most appropriate opportunities in the most efficient way possible)
  • Project and/or people management knowledge and experience
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Research and Development experience
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred (project management, engineering a bonus)
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience managing people and/or projects
  • Ability to work in a fast-moving, ambiguous environment
  • Strong ability to build effective teams
  • Ability to prioritize multiple projects, knowing when to take calculated risks in a fast-paced environment
  • Strong drive for results
  • Strong capabilities in the Microsoft Suite of products and Google Workspace


Working Conditions

  • Working from the Toronto Office in a Hybrid role (two days/week in office)
  • Working with a cross-functional team (SECC, Operations, Marketing and Finance, etc.) by managing timelines and following the progress of new product launch projects
  • Must be fully vaccinated with proof of vaccination when working in the office per public health, City of Toronto and government guidelines


Green Circle Salons is committed to a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment – we know this makes us stronger. We welcome and encourage Indigenous people, persons with disabilities and members of visible minorities, persons of any race, religion, ethnicity, gender, identity, sexual orientation, age, immigration status, disability or other applicable legally protected characteristics to apply. Green Circle Salons will accommodate the needs of  applicants with disabilities throughout all stages of the selection process. If you need accommodation during the recruitment process, please let us know. Information relating to the need for accommodation and accommodation measures will be addressed confidentially.


Green Circle Salons welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.