Solutions Lead – Berghaus

Job ID: 861
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Location: Sunderland / London



About Berghaus:


Berghaus is one of those rare brands: a pioneer in what we do. For over 50 years, we’ve been

making great value, durable kit that gets you out and keeps you out. We’re fortunate enough to look

back on a rich history of innovations that have not only steered us into market-leading positions but

have fundamentally changed the category for the better.


Yet despite this heritage, we have been quiet for the last few years. In fact, we would go as far as

saying we lost our way a bit. But that’s all about to change. Our guiding mandate right now is to put

this brand rightfully back on the outdoors map and reclaim our status as one of the originals.


We’re getting closer to consumers to create products that will be talked about, reconstructing how the

brand shows up, showcasing our ranges like never before, and collaborating in new and original


To propel us forward, we’re looking for the very best talent to join our journey to transform

one of the world’s most iconic outdoor brands by putting the Berghaus back into Berghaus.

Founded by two friends, Peter Lockey & Gordon Davidson, Berghaus is one of Europe’s original

outdoor brands. 


Since 1966, we have been on a mission to get more people outdoors because we believe that where

the best of life is lived outside.


Our brand purpose guides us to ensure absolutely nothing stands in the way of someone

experiencing all the awe and wonder of the outdoors. And when something does, we’ll challenge it to

make it right. Because, after all, the outdoors belongs to every one of us.



Role overview:  


  • You are responsible for onboarding and leading agile ‘squads’ of functional experts from the business, in projects dedicated to the delivery of ‘New Propositions and Innovation’ (NPI) at Berghaus.  
  • You will lead the creation of new propositions for the brand from concept, to detailed insight/scoping, design, development and, in some cases, delivery in market.  
  • You will be engaging with consumers, insights providers, our own Pentland Innovation Hub and industry experts to hone new products and services that uniquely solve real consumer pain points for Berghaus. 
  • You will lead teams through a Design Thinking approach to creating products and services, iteratively reducing uncertainty on this journey, by reshaping and refining solutions according to consumer and customer feedback. To succeed in this role, you must be comfortable with failure yet driven by success.  
  • As an inquisitive problem solver, you will use an entrepreneurial mindset to engage and lead your squads in delivering transformative solutions at Berghaus, that will set us apart as a leader in the outdoor market. 
  • You will build and leverage a strong internal network across Pentland Brands, to ensure projects have the awareness, endorsement, and support to land successfully. As a vanguard of new ways of working, you’ll share learnings and help to embed a more entrepreneurial spirit across the organisation. 
  • You will work closely with the Berghaus Brand Director and Brand Team to ensure new propositions are tied to Berghaus’ brand strategy and market plans and are a key lever in growing Berghaus’ consumer reach and brand equity.  


Key responsibilities: 

  • Successful leadership of teams to deliver innovative propositions with pace, to varying degrees of scale and complexity,in line with Berghaus’ innovation pipeline and strategic plans. 
  • Identify, onboard and lead agile squads to work cross-functionally, engaging and motivating the team in organising and delivering effectively against opportunities. 
  • Own the business documents such as Business Cases, Project Briefs and the Innovation Blueprints that will be used to roadmap and govern progression of NPI opportunities. 
  • Run consumer insights activities and events that will ensure Berghaus stays close to consumers and genuinely embeds consumer-first mindset in our ways of working Support the Brand Team by using proven innovation methodologies and existing research in the business, and beyond, to identify new opportunity areas. 
  • Pioneer and establish a ‘test and learn’ approach in teams, building collective learning through failure. 
  • Be a leader in challenging the status quo; questioning established functional assumptions and norms when required. 
  • Manage multiple initiatives and teams at any given time, along various stages of the proposition journey 
  • Embody a vibrant and innovative culture leading to a cohesive team that supports and challenges each other. 
  • Build and leverage strong relationships with key stakeholders internally, externally and across industries, to ensure your team has a robust network that can be tapped into as needed to prove and deliver solutions. 



The must haves: 

  • Creative, curious, and entrepreneurial mindset that has helped deliver unique ideas, either as part of an internal Product or Innovation Lead, or in a consulting setting  
  • Proven experience of leading, managing and delivering projects by working collaboratively across business functions, with a broad range of stakeholders both internal and external. 
  • Experienced in innovative processes, tools, and ways of working such as Design Thinking 
  • Highly driven and motivated, comfortable with a flexing approach when required, and embracing failure as a learning tool. 
  • Outstanding communication skills: Written, presentation and verbal articulation. 
  • Experienced and comfortable working with data analytics such as macro trends, market and category insights, consumer surveys, historical sales, Google Analytics. 
  • Possesses a global mindset and is outward-looking: engrossed in the innovation landscape across industries, obsessed by brands, products, and consumer behaviours  
  • A tactical thinker with the ability to objectively assess issues or roadblocks, consider what solutions could look like, recruit support from required functions in the business and drive collaboration to assure success. 
  • Ability to navigate, thrive and lead in ambiguity  



What you’ll get in return


  • Competitive remuneration package
  • Hybrid / smart working
  • Brand and retail perks
  • Financial perks
  • Travel perks
  • Time out perks
  • Wellbeing commitment



Who we are:


Pioneering Brands that Make Life Better


We are Pentland Brands, a global business touching the lives of millions through some of the world’s most-loved active and footwear brands. We own Speedo, Berghaus, Canterbury of New Zealand, Endura, Mitre, Ellesse, SeaVees, KangaROOS and Red or Dead. We’re the UK licensee for Kickers and have a joint venture with Lacoste footwear.


We have a rich and remarkable history, of family, of ambition and of innovation, of leading from the front with a legacy of outstanding brands and equally outstanding people. Of pioneering brands that make life better. Brands that create an emotional connection with our consumers and help keep people on the move. Brands that do good, that form part of a positive business that takes action for people and planet.


We celebrate differences and give everyone the freedom to innovate and develop because we know this is an exceptional place to build brands and build your career. We want you to come to work every day excited about what we can achieve when we have a clear and single-minded focus on being consumer-centric and relentlessly focused on improving our performance.


Always guided by our principles, we not only do a great job, but we also do it in the right way; success is a team game; with clarity and courage; better as standard; in good conscience. We believe every individual has the power to shape the Pentland of the future, by making sure that every day we’re better than the day before. Join our team of passionate, exceptional individuals, and do the best work of your life.


All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, colour, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age or disability.


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