Who is our client?

Our client is a multi-site food manufacturing business with several sites across the UK. They produce a broad range of branded and own-label products, supplying into all of the major retailers. One of the leading businesses in their category, they’re now looking to strengthen the development team at one of their main sites.

The role requirements

Reporting to the NPD Manager, you will be part of a large development team and will be responsible for managing the relationships with major retailers.

This is a customer facing role with a strong emphasis on project management so you’ll be responsible for managing the full development life-cycle, from concept to launch, and ensuring products are successfully launched on time.

Working closely with colleagues in marketing, commercial and technical teams you will play a key role in identifying future trends.

You will still also be involved in the ‘hands-on’ side of development so you’ll be working in the development kitchen, conducting tasting panels, maintaining NPD documentation, sourcing materials, working with the process team as well as presenting to customers.

What sort of people are we looking for?

You will, preferably, be degree qualified in a Food related discipline and will have previous experience of working in customer facing NPD roles.

Prior experience of working with major retailers is essential, as is demonstrable experience of successfully managing NPD projects.

Confident in your approach, you will be comfortable presenting to and working with colleagues and customers at all levels.

You will need to be somebody who is organised and able to manage a busy workload in order to ensure strict deadlines are constantly met.