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This is a high profile role joining our existing senior management team and taking pro-active lead responsibility for managing the NPD team to deliver inspirational new products from concept to launch. You will encourage the creative talents of a team of Chefs and Technologists to devise exciting new concepts that keep our business in tune with the latest market developments and ingredient trends. You will also be responsible for ensuring these concepts follow due process to ensure their successful transition through factory trials to launch.
You'll be a key contact for several of the major retailers, working closely with their internal teams to ensure NPD projects are closely managed, whilst keeping abreast of any changes to the development process and maintaining tight timeframes within established budgets. You'll manage and organise product presentations to support category and range developments whilst ensuring your development and process teams are working closely together to achieve ambitious NPD targets.
You'll be in frequent liaison with colleagues across our group of companies, sharing product knowledge to drive innovation across the business. In addition You'll be up to date with the latest movements in the industry, utilising your strong commercial acumen to identify opportunities for potential new business as well as ways to enhance existing ranges. You will of course actively support and motivate your team to ensure personal and business development objectives are achieved.
To succeed you will be an entrepreneurial NPD professional with extensive experience of working in partnership with key retailers to deliver innovative products within the ready meals food category. You'll need to be passionate and engaging with a real love of food that you can articulate at all levels utilising your excellent presentation, persuasion and project management skills. Experience of managing a team including chefs, concept and process is essential along with strong project management skills with the ability to influence and drive change. This diverse role would suit a truly experienced and ambitious Development Manager with a demonstrable development background at senior level looking for a new challenge within an established food business.
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