NPD Technologist

Bolton, Greater Manchester
28 Feb 2018
28 Mar 2018
NPD Technologist
Business Sector
Food Manufacturing
Contract Type

Location: Direct House, Lancaster Way, Wingates Industrial Park Westhoughton Bolton BL5 3XU

Department: New Product Development (NPD)

Job Title:       New Product Development Technologist  

Working Term:  Full time - Monday-Friday 8:00am-5:00pm

Flexible- Early Starts and Late Finishes 

Salary: TBC

Stateside Foods provides a fantastic environment in which to work and we recognise that our most important resource is our employees.

We offer a large benefits package which includes:

  • Free Gym Membership for you and a family member
  • Free pizza
  • Cycle To Work Scheme
  • Discount on high street brands/cinema tickets/travel and leisure
  • Childcare Vouchers
  • Social Events
  • Secure On Site Car Parking/Bike Sheds
  • Subsidized Canteen
  • Plus more

Main Purpose:

The main role will be to manage the development process from concept to launch. To develop products that are fit for purpose both in the factory and for the customer’s needs. To develop and maintain links with agreed external contacts, professional advisors and official bodies.

Main Responsibilities:

  • Acting as a role model for all agreed people management practices, managing, guiding and coaching direct reports whilst demonstrating best practice at all times
  • Building effective relationships with all teams and participating in team meetings
  • Working with other departments to deliver the customer briefs
  • Ensuring the smooth transition of new concepts and related processes through to manufacture
  • Ensuring project files are completed detailing the project status from concept through to launch.  Ensuring that all BRC and retailer requirements are documented
  • Providing appropriate recipe and product information, via Ework and Interspec to enable costings and customer specifications to be completed
  • Liaising closely with Technical Services, Quality Assurance, Manufacturing, Purchasing and Engineering to launch products successfully and on time
  • Sourcing of new raw materials in conjunction with purchasing and technical ensuring appropriate supplier approval, raw material specifications, and presence of any allergens
  • Co-ordinate and prepare samples for submissions to the retailer
  • Keeping up to date with global trends, restaurant trends and retailer launches
  • Lead product submission meetings at the retailer
  • Responsible for co-ordinating factory trials, pre and post-trial meetings and final factory sign off
  • Completion of shelf life and nutritional analysis and organoleptic assessment over life
  • Generation of customer specific photographic quality standards (QAS) to include internal and customer sign off
  • Attend photography shoots to ensure photographs are representative
  • Co-ordinating pre-production runs and product launches alongside Manufacturing
  • Co-ordinate the post launch review meetings and facilitate production handover/sign off
  • Perform any other task that is of a reasonable request in line with the NPD department

Knowledge, skills & experience

  • Food Related degree with at least 2 years’ experience
  • Up to date knowledge of the chilled food sector, food trends and retail
  • Effective written and verbal communication and presentation skills – particularly negotiation and persuasion to land projects on time and in full
  • Personally Effective – excellent organisational skills, ability to prioritise, excellent attention to detail, ensuring outputs are correct as critical to business running
  • Ability to seek out, manage and influence opportunities for continuous improvement and change
  • Ability to ensure that the highest standards of quality and customer care are achieved
  • Full UK driving license

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