Process Development Manager / NPD Process Manager / R & D Process Manager
To lead, manage and motivate the Process Development team ensuring that all products and processes are safe and in compliance with specifications, statutory obligations and customer requirements. In addition, to take a lead in generating and building a continuous improvement culture through the introduction of new products and profit improvement projects which provide a point of difference and a competitive advantage.
High performing teams
Lead the process development function to ensure they are engaged and high performing with a focus on problem solving and team work. Build trust through effective leadership, the skilled application of people management processes and open 2 way communication.
Manage the introduction of new products and profit improvement projects into the business.
Vision and strategic planning
Evaluate new product and profit improvement opportunities to determine compatibility with existing site manufacturing capability and existing product / process standards ensuring appropriate consultation with the cross-functional team
Facilitate continuous improvement
Working with other functions, identify an ongoing plan of continuous improvement across the site with an agreed timescale.
Communication and knowledge sharing
Manage effective communication at all levels including Customers, Suppliers, Cross-functional team and external teams ( e.g Newark )
Building relationships at all levels both internally and externally of the Business.
Effective management of budgetary costs
Health & Safety
To operate in a safe working manner & support the site / business health and safety agenda.
Senior Leadership Team
Have proven experience as a member of an SLT in a complex chilled food environment.
A degree in Food Science or related subject or significant previous experience & proven track record of working at a senior management level within a complex chilled food manufacturing environment, ideally deserts or ready meals. You'll have strong communication and influencing skills and be comfortable in dealing with a wide range of people from Factory teams to Customer lead contacts.
You'll have strong organisational skills alongside the ability to manage multiple tasks, always focusing on delivering results against tight deadlines.