Product Development Manager

DR Newitt
Central Scotland
Salary in the region of £35,000 to £40,000
04 Apr 2018
04 May 2018
Business Sector
Food Manufacturing
Contract Type

Our client is a food manufacturer who supplies their well-known products throughout the UK and Internationally.

They are seeking a New Product Development Manager to provide professional technological management service for a comprehensive range of existing and new products in process development programmes central to the ongoing direction and success of their company.

The role

  • Ensure that all technical documentation is kept up to date, accurate and “audit ready” at all times.
  • Ensure all PD Department activities relating to NPD, EPD and process improvement projects are delivered to agreed timelines.
  • Develop, review and report PD KPIs; identify and implement improvements to reduce development leadtimes and increase “1st production success rates”.
  • Develop new products which are safe, legal and good quality from concept stage through full factory scale on line production to delivery to the customer/consumer.
  • Work closely with sales and marketing to develop and interpret new product briefs and initiate costings.
  • Investigate effect of new/alternative raw materials, packaging and processes to achieve improvement of product quality and/or cost reduction.
  • Manage the “Trials Process” to ensure that each trial achieves its objective with the minimum disruption to Production.
  • Provide expert comment and guidance to Senior Management on legislative aspects of products, materials and their packaging.
  • Provide expert comment and response to T.S.O. and E.H.O. and other regulatory bodies.
  • Preparation of technical detail for product specification (i.e. recipe, size, quality and packaging etc).
  • Provide all necessary new product development samples as required to meet, tasting, photographic, stability and promotional demand.
  • Be a member of the HACCP Team.
  • Establish shelf life of company products.
  • Provide troubleshooting support to Production to resolve production issues
  • Manage departmental budget
  • Regularly attend relevant conferences and seminars, and maintain close links with suppliers, to keep abreast of food trends, ingredient and packaging developments.
  • Maintain awareness of all relevant UK legislation, food safety issues, legislative, technical and scientific developments and industry codes of practice. Be aware of key international market requirements.

The candidate

  • Degree or post graduate qualification in food science or food technology (or similar).
  • Team management experience.
  • Potential to progress knowledge into broader operations/quality roles
  • Commercial awareness in terms of ingredients, quantities and packaging
  • Innovative and creative approach to work
  • Ability to work well using own initiative
  • Organisational and time management skills
  • Good administrative skills and proficiency in Microsoft Office products
  • Business Awareness
  • Conceptual thinking
  • Customer focus 
  • Analytical thinking
  • Impact & influence/interpersonal skills
  • Team working/collaborative work style
  • Team leadership
  • Manages performance
  • Develops others

What’s on offer?

  • A competitive salary
  • Defined contribution pension
  • Life assurance
  • Monday to Friday 39.5 hours per week

If you are interested in this position then please forward a copy of your most up to date CV to Simon Norris.

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