Development Manager

Jarvis Johnson
Competitive Salary
Closing date
5 Oct 2019

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Development, Graduate
Business Sector
Food Manufacturing
Wiltshire, Somerset, Bath, Trowbridge
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Our Client, a leading supplier of prepared foods, is looking for a Development Manager with a track record of delivering commercially successful and innovative product development, for their site based in Wiltshire. As a senior member of the Product Development team you will work closely with colleagues across the business to significantly accelerate  innovation, drive continuous improvement and contribute to accelerated growth.

Reporting to the Head of NPD, key accountabilities for the role are:

  • Providing excellent leadership and development support - inspiring the Development Team to drive innovation, to realise their potential and make a real difference
  • Establishing and managing B2B product & systems development activities
  • Driving and managing a pipeline to deliver World class innovations
  • Delivering a proactive and responsive product development service that continually creates competitive advantage with a market leading proposition
  • Undertaking market reviews, visiting customers, and applying relevant food trends and research knowledge
  • Driving and supporting value optimisation opportunities to deliver real value for money ensuring agreed commercial targets are met
  • Ensuring B2B development is aligned with business strategies and policies
  • Identifying & delivering product quality and nutrition improvements, taking account of the needs of all stakeholders
  • Ensuring an excellent  service is provided for the technical aspects of product development
  • Keeping up to date with current and emerging food and consumer trends

Essential skills and experience include:

  • A track record of innovation and successful food product development
  • Leadership of cross functional teams to deliver challenging objectives
  • Degree level qualification or relevant experience within the Food Manufacturing Industry
  • A real passion for food & nutrition
  • Agility and drive to make things happen
  • Good project management skills
  • Excellent communication skills with the confidence to work well with colleagues and customers at all levels
  • Commercially and customer focused
  • Driving licence



The Company:

  • Established family owned food manufacturer
  • Well respected leader in their sector
  • Producing delicious, nutritious and sustainable products
  • Supporting British food and farming with a focus on using the best ethical and sustainably sourced ingredients

The salary for this role is £Competitive + Bonus + Benefits and the hours of work are 37.5 hours per week, Monday – Friday within office hours, with some flexibility.

If you are interested in applying for this role please apply AS SOON AS POSSIBLE quoting reference number JJ-P4395 with an updated CV, an indication of your current salary and your availability.


Jarvis Johnson is a Specialist Recruitment and Interim Management Agency, set up by Technical Managers and “Placing Technical First” for the Food Manufacturing Industry.

We have a total database of over 6,500 candidates within our specialist areas of Technical, Quality and NPD, built up over the last 20 years.  

We identify candidates with specialist experience, seeking referrals from influential candidates within the market, combined with advertising on Food Industry specific and generalist job boards as well as searching external databases and our very wide LinkedIn Network.

We truly believe in building strong relationships with both our candidates and clients and we go the extra mile to find candidates who really fit in terms of experience, skills and personality/ culture fit.

If you’re an Interim Manager who wants to be notified on upcoming assignments or you are looking for a new permanent role and want to be kept updated on new vacancies then please email an updated CV together with location and remuneration details to

If you are representing a Food Company and want to find out more about our Recruitment / Interim Management  services then please email  for a copy of our Terms of Business or call 01302 366967 to speak to our ex-Technical Manager Managing Director, Lisa Johnson


Contact Us
  • 70-72 Nottingham Road
  • Mansfield
  • NG18 1BN
  • United Kingdom
  • 01302 366967
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