Product Development & Process Manager

Sheerness, Kent
03 Jul 2018
03 Aug 2018
Business Sector
Food Manufacturing
Contract Type

Product Development & Process Manager

Company – David Wood Baking

Location – Sheerness

Starting Salary – dependant on experience

Closing Date – 20th July 2018

Start Date – August 2018

The Company

David Wood Baking is a fast growing food manufacturing business operating out of 7 sites across the UK. Supplying most of the major retailers and discounters, food service firms and some of the UK’s leading brands with a selection of speciality bread, pies, sweet and savoury pastries and ready meal products through fresh, frozen and ambient channels.

We are recruiting a Process and Product Development Manager. This senior role will be based at our site in Sheerness, Kent,  but some travel to our other sites and to customers will be required.

The Role

In this essential and influential role you will manage all aspects of the concept to launch process for both NPD and EPD projects, working closely with the site management and group development team to efficiently deliver quality, innovative products to market. This role will involve close interaction with major UK retailers and  food service companies. You will manage a small team consisting of a Development Chef and Development Assistant whilst being a part of the business wide management of our savoury customer base.

The Person

We are looking for a confident and passionate NPD enthusiast with strong experience in the food manufacturing sector, ideally with experience in pastry products. You must have previous concept to launch experience where you have gained a proven track record of developing ranges that have made an impact on your customers as well as the market place. The successful candidate for this role will have a Food Science or related degree, and / or a minimum of 5 years previous experience in a product development role and possess the below skill sets:

  • Experience of managing critical paths for major retailers
  • Experience of presenting to/ communicating with retail customers
  • Experience of managing a small team
  • Strong awareness of current food and market trends
  • Practical experience of Good Manufacturing Practice and HACCP
  • Strong project management and Good organisational skills
  • Take a “common sense” approach within NPD and to site management
  • Possess a “Can-do Attitude” with a strong desire to get the job done well
  • Able to work individually and as part of an extended site management team
  • Commercial awareness
  • Competent user of Microsoft office, including excel, word and PowerPoint
  • Are eligible to work in the UK
  • Hold a full UK driving licence

If this sounds like the opportunity you are looking for and you have a passion for quality pies/pastries and possess the skill sets above we would love to hear from you.

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