Who is our client?

We’re working with a leading food manufacturing business which produces a broad range of market leading products. An established business with a great reputation for product quality and innovation, they’re now looking for a degree qualified NPD specialist to join them and ensure the successful delivery of the NPD programme.

The role requirements

Reporting to the NPD Controller, you will lead a small team of Technologists and will have overall responsibility for the development of new and existing products, including a number of leading brands.

The role is heavily project based, so you will be managing multiple projects and working closely with stakeholders across the business in order to ensure they can be delivered on time, within budget and to agreed specifications.

You will work to improve the quality and nutritional value of existing products and look at ways to reduce costs while ensuring product quality isn’t compromised.

You will also work closely with colleagues in engineering, looking at potential new technologies and engineering solutions in order to improve cost efficiencies and ensure products can be developed and produced more effectively.

As a manager, you will also be responsible for the ongoing training and coaching of your team.

What sort of people are we looking for?

You will be degree qualified in Food Science (or similar) with prior experience of working in a Product Development role in food or drink manufacturing.

You will have excellent project management skills and will be able to lead and coordinate a number of projects running concurrently.

In addition to your development experience, you will need to have a strong food science background as many of the projects and innovations you’ll be leading will be technically challenging and complex.

You will be a ‘hands on’ manager with a confident, proactive approach who is able to lead and motivate a team and also develop strong relationships with colleagues at all levels across the business.