New Product Development Manager

Blue Spark
South East England
23 Aug 2017
21 Sep 2017
Business Sector
Food Manufacturing
Contract Type

The Company

This is an excellent chance to work for a highly regarded food solutions business providing specialist products for the food manufacturing and food service industry. With their long heritage of innovation and variety, they pride themselves in keeping ahead of emerging consumer trends and are now seeking a budding New Product Developer Manager to join their Innovations team.

The Role

In this high profile role you’ll take ownership of key NPD innovation projects, leading a team of dedicated Technologists to achieve success and growth for now and in the future. You’ll be leading and motivating your team to develop amazing new ideas for pioneering products that complement existing ranges as well as industry innovations and trends, covering all elements from idea generations to costings and product launches. You’ll continuously source new suppliers and ingredients to give your products that competitive edge whilst being time and cost effective, working closely with internal teams to undertake reviews and updates, ensuring products are in line with critical paths and launch timetables.

Your responsibilities will also include liaising with Technical and Operations teams to guarantee the smooth transition of projects into the factory, driving continuous improvement initiatives and ensuring successful product launches every time. You’ll conduct market reviews, identifying opportunities for growth whilst implementing solutions for existing ranges to keep up with the latest trends and enhance product performance. There will also be a strong customer facing element to this role where you’ll deliver presentations to wow them with your market knowledge and win profitable new business by delivering cutting edge innovation that make this company stand apart from its competitors.

The Person

We are looking for a proactive and committed NPD Manager educated to degree level with a proven record of driving innovation for major food manufacturing or food service customers. A well rounded knowledge of the technical and commercial aspects of NPD gained from experience within the ingredients or pharmaceuticals sector is essential along with proven experience of managing NPD projects from concept to launch. Excellent organisation, communication and influencing skills are a must as you will be working very closely with customers as well as managing internal teams to drive projects forward.

So if you are a talented NPD professional seeking their next innovations challenge then apply or call us on 0345 2600 737 for more information.


Please note that we are only able to accept and respond to applications from candidates with eligibility to work in the UK and those who hold valid work visas.

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