Head of Product Development

Blue Spark
London (Greater)
22 Aug 2017
22 Sep 2017
Business Sector
Food Manufacturing
Contract Type

The Company

This is an amazing opportunity for a creative and experienced Senior NPD Manager/Controller to step into an exciting role. You’ll be joining a large multi-site chilled food manufacturer who supply own label & innovative premium products into all the major retailers. They are looking for a passionate and influential leader to come and join their team, in an exciting & strategic new role working across a number of sites, implementing the NPD strategy.

The Role

Reporting into the NPD Director, you’ll be accountable for identifying and defining the innovation strategy and long term vision for the future. You will provide leadership and direction for your development teams, across four sites, motivating them as ambassadors of great food; challenging where appropriate to ensure plans are always aligned to the business strategy.  Working closely with the category teams to identify and evaluate food trends creating commercially viable & tangible creations to satisfy customer’s briefs and launch first to market products.  Taking responsibility for the annual budget and approving required resource for each NPD team to ensure all plans are completed successfully. Additionally you will build and manage key customer relationships effectively influence the category direction.

The Person

We are looking for a highly accomplished and commercially focussed NPD Head with extensive experience gained from a fast paced food manufacturing environment. With the ability to galvanise and inspire colleagues, customers and suppliers, you will have previously operated at a senior strategic level within an NPD environment where you have developed acute commercial acumen and the credibility to influence at all levels. As a confident and dependable leader you will have previously driven and set NPD agenda for multiple sites either within food manufacturing or for the major multiples.  A people-person through and through, your highly developed team management experience will be proven and extensive alongside a history of aligning and motivating NPD teams to perform and deliver to the absolute best of their abilities.

This is a rare chance to really further your career with a high profile chilled food company so send your CV to food@blue-spark.org.uk or call on 0345 2600 737.


Also, 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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