NPD Concept Manager

£38k-£43k + Benefits
03 Oct 2017
31 Oct 2017
Business Sector
Food Manufacturing
Contract Type

NPD Concept Manager role, Salary £38-£43k, Oldham, Greater Manchester, Food Manufacturing

The Company is a leading c£160million business which supplies products to major retailers, there are two sites both based in the North West at Oldham and Bolton.

They currently have a vacancy for a Concept Technologist to join their forward-thinking NPD team.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Full responsibility for arranging, managing and controlling concept development across categories including adherence to the NPD critical path on both delivery and quality within the creative stage of development
  • Optimising delivery through appropriate allocation of responsibilities within the concept development team and ensuring that key stakeholders in other departments are kept up to date as projects progress
  • Recognising opportunities for product reformulations to include recipe improvements and Value Optimisation ensuring that product innovation, customer needs and understanding are key
  • Keep up to date with key development trends and processes within both the UK and international food and packaging industry in general,
  • Ensuring product concepts from the Concept Team are able to be upscaled in the factory for delivery to retailers, and ensuring that those responsible for the development fully understand factory requirements
  • Working collaboratively with the packaging team to ensure packaging technology and innovation is an integral part of the development process
  • Working collaboratively with key raw material suppliers to ensure that new and innovative raw materials are an integral part of the development process, and managing the supplier workshop programme for the total department.
  • Cultivate a general understanding of customer and consumer within the process team, and ensuring that store visits are part of everyday working practices.
  • Encouraging a "one team approach" and championing positive change within the NPD team as a whole
  • Research and investigate markets in relation to manufacturing processes and provide expert guidance to the business
  • Facilitate the learning and development of self and direct reports to drive continuous improvement and succession planning.
  • Effective performance management, through robustness of systems and adherence to process

The Ideal Candidate:


  • Chef/Bakery Qualifications to at least Level 4 criteria, and at least 5 years' experience in large scale Food Manufacture in Bakery ideal
  • Strong presentation, communication and engagement skills
  • An understanding of key food safety principles, including HACCP
  • Forward thinking and long term planning capabilities
  • The ability to problem solve to facilitate concept ideation through factory delivery
  • Organisation and planning skills to deliver multiple projects simultaneously

Package: Salary £38,000 - £43,000

+ Benefits inc 25 days holiday a year and 8 statutory holidays, Money purchase pension scheme with 2% contribution of salary, Discount scheme operating across several online and high street retailers

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*Due to the amount of applications received, only those who our client wishes to progress will be contacted. If you have not received correspondence within 21 days then please assume your application has been unsuccessful on this occasion. Thank you for reading this advertisement.

This would be suitable for people interested in the following: NPD Manager, NPD Supervisor, NPD Technologist New Product Development Technologist Quality Manager Technical Manager QA Manager Quality Control QC Technician FMCG Food Drinks Beverages Manufacturing Manchester Oldham Bolton Lancashire Warrington Wigan


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