Who is our client?

We’re working with a multinational food manufacturer which operates out of three sites in the UK. One of the leading businesses in their category, they produce a broad range of branded products and also develop ranges for all of the main retailers.

A very innovative organisation with an excellent reputation for product quality, they now have an opportunity for an experienced NPD Technologist or Project Manager to join their head office in London.

The role requirements

Reporting to the Head of Innovations you will play a key role in supporting a key retailer account and ensuring the successful delivery of the NPD strategy.

This is a head office role and is heavily project based so will be responsible for managing multiple projects, leading the development process from conception through to launch.

You will be engaging with multiple stakeholders across the business at head office and manufacturing sites, working closely with colleagues in marketing, packaging, NPD and operations.

This is a broad development position but with a strong focus on concept development so you will be producing samples, ensuring submission paperwork is completed and working with packaging teams to develop mockups.

You will also act as a key point of contact for the retailer.

Please note that this is a fixed term contract and is expected to last for up to 12 months.

What sort of people are we looking for?

You will ideally be educated to degree level in Food Science or similar with a minimum of 3 years’ NPD experience.

You will have proven project management experience and be able to prioritise your workload to ensure all projects are completed on time (the business typically launches around 80 products per year for this particular retailer).

You will be able to demonstrate a passion for product development and innovation and be able to work quickly in a fast paced environment.

Confident in your approach, you will be comfortable proactively engaging with colleagues at all levels across the business to ensure that the needs of the customer are met at all times.

You will have demonstrable experience of successfully working with major retailers, with M&S being an advantage.