Head of Product Development
We are looking to appoint a Head of Product Development to lead and drive the Product Development (PD) process as defined by the business strategyMain responsibilities
- Guardian and ambassador of great food to maximise the impact of food credentials within the manufacturing unit and with external customers
- Lead the creative process within PD, from creating a culture where the ideas of the team are maximised and lead to creative solutions
- Identify and evaluate food trends that support the business vision and customer strategy within a rolling 2 year horizon
- Define and lead the PD strategy to ensure that current business performance targets are achieved in the short, medium and long term
- Identify and oversee the development of new and existing product opportunities in line with the strategy and vision
- Provide leadership and direction to ensure that across the team people are kept safe, engaged, focused, developed and delivering their potential
- Set the direction and challenge the team throughout the PD critical path to ensure plans and performance is aligned to business strategy and delivers the required results
- Build and manage internal and external stakeholders to effectively influence category direction and smooth implementation of plans with appropriate customer man marking
- Identify and approve resource required for product development teams as part of the annual budgeting review to ensure the plans can be implemented successfully
Graduate calibre – Food relevant degree or equivalent Industry experience of leading a large development function Proven track record of presenting at senior levels and retailer groups Strategic planning skills Experience of leading and developing a PD team Strong interpersonal and influencing skills Networked in PD – suppliers, operations, customer, market Expert in product, process and ingredient knowledge About the company
Greencore Group plc is a fast growing, international convenience food leader. Headquartered in Ireland, Greencore has operations in the UK and the US serving major retailers and brands in both markets.
It is a leading manufacturer of convenience food products to grocery retailers in the UK and a leading manufacturer of sandwiches, meals kits and salads to CPG, convenience retail and foodservice outlets in the US.
Greencore has a proforma Group revenue of £2.3bn and operates out of 50 locations in the UK, the US and Ireland.