Senior Development Technologist

Wakefield, West Yorkshire
Up to £30,000 per annum plus benefits
27 Sep 2017
27 Oct 2017
Business Sector
Food Manufacturing
Contract Type

Speedibake is a division of Associated British Foods (ABF), a diversified international food, ingredients and retail group with sales of £13.4 billion and 130,000 employees in 47 countries.

Speedibake has bakery sites in Wakefield and Bradford specialising in own-label baked goods, we supply to a customer base across all channels; predominantly retail, as well as foodservice wholesalers, contract catering, end users and export.

This is an ideal role for someone who has had previous experience as a customer-facing development technologist used to a fast-paced food manufacturing environment.

Reporting to the NPD Development Manager, the successful candidate will own the day to day responsibility for identifying, developing and delivering product opportunities from concept through to customer sign off.  They will have a real passion for food  that can be demonstrated through their product development.  They will be expected to work within the end to end development process and achieve all the critical path dates. 

Key Accountabilities

  • To be the first point of contact with the customer.This is a customer facing role that will require you to build a strong relationship with your designated customer/s through regular communication covering briefs, project updates and broader discussion around future ideas.

  • To be an expert in concept development – knowledge of Speedibake’s capabilities; creating and writing recipes to ensure functionality whilst meeting the brief requirements; sourcing new raw materials and dealing directly with suppliers; completing customer presentations and all sample submissions paperwork required accurately

  • Deliver a fully pro-active approach to development by having the ability to identify product opportunities using both current and new innovation as well as being able to work to specific customer briefs.

  • Knowledge of the marketplace and industry, what’s new and latest trends

  • Working within the end-to-end development process and achieving critical path dates

Skills & experience

  • Experience customer facing for submission presentations and site visits; and managing the relationship and communication ongoing

  • Experience of bakery development ideally and it would prove advantageous if you have experience of the retail market

  • Previous people management experience as this role will manage technologist/s

  • Creative, with an understanding of current and future industry trends and the ability to translate these into customer propositions

  • Good time management and organisational skills

  • Confident and able to work well cross-functionally with other internal departments like sales, technical, procurement, supply chain, production

  • Real passion for food and flavour, enjoy keeping on top of trends

  • Ability to think outside the norm and challenge status quo

  • UK driving license

Cultural Fit


  • Able to demonstrate an approach that is aligned to our Company values

  • Takes ownership, sets standards & takes personal responsibility for performance.

  • To always adhere to the Company Safety First requirements.

Our commitment to Equality, Diversity & Inclusion

We are proud to be a diverse and inclusive employer and seek to attract, develop and retain the best people from the widest possible talent pool. We are committed to ensuring that all candidates are treated fairly, and with respect and dignity throughout the recruitment process.

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