Head of Food

East Anglia
£negotiable + company car
10 Dec 2012
10 Jan 2013
Business Sector
Food Manufacturing
Contract Type

The company

Our client is looking for an inspirational and forward thinking senior NPD professional who is looking to make their mark within a leading food business. This rare opportunity to drive innovation throughout their market leading categories will continue to extend their already exciting growth period.

The role

As Head of Food you will be a key member of the Senior Management Team where you'll be responsible for implementing and delivering the long and short term NPD strategy. You'll be instrumental in driving concept development, innovation and translating market trends into commercially viable products. In addition you will be evaluating and improving the NPD process, driving continuous improvement initiatives and managing change. You will also be the primary customer interface, using your excellent presentation skills to influence key decision makers and highlight opportunities for further business development that will commercially benefit all parties.

Your excellent leadership skills will help continue to develop and support the NPD team shaping them into a passionate and dynamic team who operate at a high level in order to keep the pace of growth within the business and ensure effective delivery. You will also work closely with Marketing and Sales teams to identify new business opportunities whilst driving the development of new ranges and existing products in line with emerging food trends, agreed timescales and commercial parameters.  

The candidate

You will be an inspirational and forward thinking senior NPD professional educated to degree level with unrivalled success in the chilled sector of food manufacturing where you have gained credibility in delivering cutting edge added-value products to market.

Confident, credible and driven you’ll have experience of working with the major UK multiples and a proven track record of delivering substantial NPD strategies. You will have a flexible approach to projects, embracing change whilst demonstrating strength and resilience in your decision making in order to lead the department to new heights of success. Amazing leadership and people management skills are essential along with the ability to coach and mentor teams to reach their full potential. You must also have commercial awareness, creative flair and stunning project management skills coupled with the ability to influence and negotiate at all business levels.

Naturally you’ll be at ease demonstrating how your experience and personal attributes have netted significant results throughout your career and now make you a shining prospect. You may be working in a similar role already, or be a highly ambitious NPD Manager aspiring to join a company that can fully recognise your potential.