Senior Commercial Manager – Food Development Process and Labelling

Manchester, Greater Manchester
£Competitive & amazing benefits
19 Jun 2017
19 Jul 2017
Business Sector
Food Manufacturing
Contract Type

Senior Commercial Manager – Food Development Process and Labelling

£Competitive & amazing benefits 

Manchester City Centre

The Co-op is changing. We’ve gone through so much positive change over the last few years. We’ve rebranded, re-launched our membership scheme and we’re providing more innovative and delicious food to our customers and members than ever before. We’re leading the way when it comes to product innovation. We’ve seen countless awards and recognition for our seasonal ranges, and our delicious food team have a big part to play in all that. We’re now looking for a senior commercial manager to help us develop a seamless, best in class new product development (NPD) process. If you can bring us the project and process management experience we’re after, we can offer you the opportunity to be part of an organisation that puts customers and delicious food at the heart of its strategy.

In this role you’ll maximise the efficiency of the process that takes our new food products from concept right the way through to launch. Creating the UK’s best and most efficient NPD and delivery process that aligns all stakeholders to deliver exceptional product quality, innovation & great value for money developments at pace, so that commercials are maximised, execution is exceptional and customers are delighted.

What you’ll do:

  • lead and develop a high performing team, plus 3rd party suppliers
  • create and deliver a robust 12-18 strategic planning cycle to deliver own brand product to market
  • continuously strive to improve the NPD process for taking new product concepts to launch, effectively managing the stage gate process to ensure on time launches across all own brand products
  • develop and future proof our labelling strategy, working closely with legal, brand & 3rd party suppliers to ensure brand integrity and customer focus
  • react quickly to new legislation that may need to be implemented into the process
  • liaise with a wide range of external and internal business partners

To get going quickly, you’ll have substantial experience within a senior NPD process or project management role, preferably gained in a fast-moving food retail or supplier organisation. You’ll also have the ability to develop strategic plans and be able to react quickly to change - not just in legislation, but by listening to our customers and members and what they want. You’ll also be engaging and confident as you develop and influence key relationships with various partners at all levels.

We’d love to talk to you if:

  • you’ve worked within various senior roles as a project or NPD process manager
  • you can develop commercial, strategic plans
  • you’ve got a consistent track record in service delivery, budget management and cost control
  • you’ve previously led and coached a senior team
  • you have experience leading and landing multiple projects  and plans at pace
  • you can build effective working relationships with internal and external business partners
  • you love working at pace and welcome positive change
  • you’re a business and brand advocate

Why Co-op?

173 years ago a group of businessmen in Rochdale came up with an idea that changed the world. They believed that when people work together, they're stronger. And when you join the Co-op, you'll become part of an organisation where principles are just as important as profits. You'll also get a competitive salary and great benefits that include discounts on all kinds of products and services, and an amazing pension. We want to change the world all over again. Join us, and help to rebuild an iconic British brand.

We're committed to promoting equality and preventing discrimination at work. We know that simply having a diverse workforce is not enough. We're looking to build an inclusive environment, where everyone can devote their best work and develop to their full potential. We celebrate our differences, and we recognise the importance of our teams reflecting the communities they serve. We're actively building diverse, inclusive teams, and we welcome applications from all people.