Position: Business Development Manager, Field: Food innovation, Organisation: The FOODBOWL.

Key skills, attitudes and values for innovation

Angus considers the following skills are important for working in innovation:
  • Energy and drive
  • Confidence
  • Tenacity
  • Good communication.

Background knowledge and experience

Innovation draws on diverse knowledge and expertise. Each person involved contributes a unique knowledge and skill set, which is determined by their particular educational background, the range of experiences they are involved in through their work as well as their life outside of work.

As Business Development Manager at The FOODBOWL, Angus’s role is to facilitate collaboration within the food and beverage industry in New Zealand in order to support and enable innovation. This involves assessing needs and opportunities within client companies and linking them with the appropriate expertise through the New Zealand Food Innovation Network.

Working at The FOODBOWL has opened up my eyes to think that anything’s possible. Whenever I have an idea for myself, I think that it really could be achieved if I just apply the right expertise and the right resource to it.

Angus’s interest and ability to perform this role stem from his personal attributes, his educational background and his experience in the New Zealand food industry, which incudes:

  • finance and accounting qualifications
  • working in sales and marketing with a large non-alcoholic beverage company
  • experience developing his own idea for an innovative beverage product
  • networking within the New Zealand Food Innovation Network and more broadly in the international food and beverage community through his role at The FOODBOWL.

Useful link

Find out more about The FOODBOWL and the broader food innovation network on the New Zealand Food Innovation Network website.

This article is based on information current in 2014.

    Published 27 June 2014