Senior New Product Development Manager
This multi-site business produce amazing and high quality chilled food products for foodservice customers plus some exciting UK & global brands. This is an excellent chance for a driven and tenacious senior NPD professional to join this company who support, encourage and reward innovation and success.
Working with both Innovation Chefs and the Process team you will guide your team to ensure that kitchen platforms are developed and enhanced to support innovation rather than limiting capabilities, guaranteeing that when products reach the development handover stage there is a seamless NPD process in place to ensure you meet and exceed the best in market standards and quality.
Working as a key decision maker for the businesses NPD strategy you will develop and implement both long and short term market projections that will directly influence and lay down the blueprints for future new product development. You will be looking for gaps in the market, seeking out new opportunities and gathering all the information available through your team to identify food trends for the future, looking forward to the next 5 years.
You will also be responsible for co-creating and establishing new ways of working in terms of people, process and training. You will familiarise and network with the wider food world, supporting and fleshing out prospective NPD plans and keep the teams collective fingers on the pulse of new food innovation and cutting edge development.
Above all things you will be extraordinarily passionate about food. Someone who will unashamedly profess their love for food and who can demonstrate how it is their all-consuming passion. We need someone strategic who will be able to make bold decisions based on sturdy research with an eye for innovation, creativity and extensive NPD experience. You will be able to demonstrate familiarity with all stages of the NPD process and will be commercially astute with superb financial awareness and understanding. You will be able to influence people at all levels, be customer focused and will be a real team player as well as dedicated to developing your team and the business. Able to think on your feet you’ll be extremely flexible to adapt to plans as they develop with an appreciation for timescales.
If you are a visionary big thinker with team management experience within chilled complex products we want to hear from you. Call Jacqueline for more information 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.