Product Development Manager - Coffee (Costa)

Skelmersdale, Lancashire
Up to £50,000 … and other exciting benefits!
07 May 2019
07 Jun 2019
Costa CDM
Business Sector
Food Manufacturing
Contract Type



All About Food is a Family of 40 Foodies.  We're based in the North West and are passionate about what we do. 

We are a purpose led and performance driven team who licence restaurant brands and make them successful in retail.

We partner with a number of brands including Nando's, PizzaExpress, Costa, Wahaca, Red's True BBQ, Las Iguanas and Gourmet Burger Kitchen.

At the heart of our business are a set of core values that underpin everything we do with the ultimate aim of creating positive change together.

The role:

This role is multifaceted, and will balance know-how in: formulation, process development, packaging, brewing systems, consumer research and sensory, project management, and intense collaboration with cross-functional teams.

The responsibilities of the role will be:

  • Lead product development
  • Translate NPD brief into technical possibilities
  • Project Management
  • Source suppliers to develop product / processing / packaging solutions
  • Interface and lead development with co-manufacturers to deliver best results
  • Ensuring first time right implementation in factories, and for post launch development (EPD, quality improvements and cost related projects)
  • Influencing product briefs, quality targets, specifications and best practices
  • Provide effective recommendations to the management team
  • Educate cross functional partners on technical principles of beverages as necessary
  • Positively influence and engage in a creative driven culture with strong business and personal values and a real passion for food
  • Live the All About Food Values of Family, Pride, Passion, Integrity and Belief everyday

The Product Development Manager will:

  • Lead Coffee Beverage projects from idea to launch in dynamic environment 
  • Generate ideas for beverage innovation, in close collaboration with brand owner’s, marketing and manufacturer’s
  • Act as the key coffee expert, assuring beverage requirements and quality considerations are followed for best consumer experience
  • Advance the business through technical excellence ensuring all aspects meet or exceed product KPIs within a managed timeline and cost objective

The Ideal Candidate:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Food Science, or Engineering discipline
  • Extensive beverage experience- coffee and/or dairy product formulation
  • 5+ years’ experience of product development with a strong record of delivering results in FMCG and Consumer Packaged Goods
  • Expertise in all coffee facets (roast and ground, soluble, single serve and brewing systems) is highly desirable
  • Ability to lead product development via understanding of technology, consumer and sensory sciences, as well as Food Safety and Regulatory Standards
  • Manage complexity and displays analytical thinking and curiosity 
  • Commercial awareness
  • Ability to work within a team and individually
  • Ability to build relationships quickly with strong communication and influencing skills


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