NPD Controller

Saputo Dairy c/o Silven Recruitment
Flexible (Head office Weybridge, Frome, Davidstow, Innovation Centre Harper Adams in Shropshire, Nuneaton)
Closing date
9 Oct 2019

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Development, Engineering, Scientist
Business Sector
Food Manufacturing
United Kingdom, Shropshire, Weybridge, Nationwide
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An exciting opportunity is available in the role of New Product Development Controller as part of the Innovation team at Saputo Dairy UK.  The business (formerly Dairy Crest) is a subsidiary of Saputo Inc., one of the top 10 Dairy Processors in the world, and leading Cheese Manufacturer. 

Flexible Location (Head office Weybridge, Frome, Davidstow, Innovation Centre Harper Adams in Shropshire , Nuneaton)

The Saputo Dairy UK portfolio delivers annual revenue in excess of £450M Net Sales Value (NSV) with contribution from well-known brands such as Cathedral City, Davidstow, Clover, Country Life, Vitalite, Utterly Butterly and Willow in addition to retailer own brands. 

AS NPD  Controller you will contribute to the delivery of an ambitious business target of 10% NSV of turnover from new products launched in the last three years. The role is a fantastic opportunity to contribute to, and learn from, a wealth of expertise within the global dairy industry and work with some great tasting household brands!

The Candidate:

  • We’re looking for a highly experienced NPD professional , who has successfully  led and inspired New Product and Packaging Development Teams within a Food Manufacturing environment.
  • As New Product Development Controller,you will develop and deliver winning product experiences  that  consumers love and  fit  within the long term innovation strategy.
  • Your background will ideally be Food Science, Food Technology, Science, Nutrition or Chemical Engineering Degree or Equivalent , with a high level of proven technical ability, understanding and experience across new product and packaging development
  • High levels of  commercial awareness are one of the keys to success in this role as well  your   ability to talk the language of the consumer. Your  extensive project management skills  coupled with naturally collaborative style will ensure the delivery  of exceptional results .
  • You will be able to demonstrate experience of understanding and working with complex  regulatory  requirements.

Key responsibilities include:

Reporting to the Innovation Director , as NPD Controller (Base location is  flexible ) You will  lead , motivate and manage a talented team of product, process and packaging specialists who are accountable for meeting research & development actions across a large number of innovation projects spanning new products to value engineering.

A key part of your role will be to contribute to the production and maintenance of a 3-5 year product development pipeline in order that Saputo Dairy UK can continue to offer a portfolio of new opportunities and value creation for our brands and consumers.

As NPD controller you  will ensure all new products & processes are transferred from pilot scale to production by providing process specifications, completing the necessary trials to deliver confidence and reliability, establish process capability & control instructions, ensuring trainingof relevant production personnel and that relevant sign off documentation is compiled

Monitor and manage trial budget and overhead spend and introduce measures where appropriate to control within budget guidelines.

All direct and third-party applications will be passed to Silven to be put through our process.


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