Fresh Development Manager

AF Blakemore
West Midlands with the requirement for UK and occasional international travel
12 Aug 2019
12 Sep 2019
Business Sector
Food Manufacturing
Contract Type

Fresh Development Manager

A.F. Blakemore & Son Ltd is one of the largest and most forward-thinking family-owned businesses in the UK. The company began life in 1917 as a counter service grocery store and has grown from these humble beginnings into a company that now employs more than 7,800 people with a turnover in excess of £1.1 billion.

The company is the largest independent convenience store operator in the UK with 600 independent retailers plus over 300 company owned SPAR stores.

A.F. Blakemore’s success has been built upon a distinct culture focused upon positive and friendly relations with staff, customers and the communities it serves. The Blakemore Way is a means to define this culture and ensure that the longstanding values of the Blakemore family will continue to drive the company’s growth for the next century.

Position: Fresh Development Manager

Location: West Midlands with the requirement for UK and occasional international travel

Job type: Full Time, Permanent

Salary: £Very Competitive with excellent benefits package including Bupa, car and more.

About the role:

Responsible for the development of fresh food solutions to step change fresh food category participation across our business units, growing sales and margin opportunities.


- Consider current and future consumer trends to develop food solutions, translating these into sales opportunities

- Create compelling arguments and a case for change to influence key stakeholders to collaborate and support the implementation of innovative food solutions within feed me now and feed me later missions

- Develop new fresh ranges with suppliers to satisfy all Food for Now and Food for Later requirements for the entire group

- Identify opportunities to bring production of Fresh Lines ‘In House’, and manage subsequent deployment of such facilities

- Work collaboratively across the group to develop and organise all commercial activities for fresh food solutions including products, services and sourcing

- Implementing controls and monitoring systems to ensure that service levels and sales meet quality, service and profitability targets

- Developing relationships / partnerships with key suppliers through Joint Business Plans to support in developing the product portfolio, quality and service levels for the fresh category

- Lead the positioning and assortment of the Fresh Food range, using data and insight to encompass KVI’s, Own Label, Ethnic and Seasonal products

- Responsible for preparing budgets considering retailer and consumer demands

About you:

- Background in fresh food development is essential

- Has real drive to deliver results, is tenacious and self-motivated

- Experience and a proven track record in creating and delivering innovative fresh food solutions in Convenience and food Service environments

- Demonstrable commercial insight with very strong numeracy

- Methodical and analytical, using data and insight to deliver innovative concepts that meet consumer needs whilst growing sales and margin

- Ability to work collaboratively within a high performing team

You may have experience of the following: Category Manager, Senior Category Manager, Category Executive, Product Manager, Brand Manager, Range Manager, Retail, FMCG, etc.

Ref: 88377

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