NPD Manager

Burtons Biscuits Company
Closing date
30 Sep 2019

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Business Sector
Food Manufacturing
Scotland, City of Edinburgh
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NPD Manager (Food Manufacturing / NPD) 12 month FTC

Location: Sighthill Industrial Estate, Edinburgh

Salary: Competitive Salary

Contract: Full Time, 12 month Fixed Term Contract

Who Are We?

At Burton’s Biscuit we are the home of Jammie Dodgers, Maryland Cookies, Wagon Wheels and Thomas Fudge’s to name just a few of our brands. We are incredibly lucky to work in the world of making delicious biscuits!

We are the UK’s third largest – and fastest-growing – biscuit manufacturer, and our vision is to have a shared Pride and Passion for baking great biscuits & snacks that delight our consumers, shoppers and our customers. Our Head Office is in St Albans but the majority of out 1800 employees are based in our four bakeries in Llantarnam, Blackpool, Edinburgh and Dorset.

Alongside some of the nation’s most loved snack brands, such as Maryland, Jammie Dodgers and Wagon Wheels, we have secured a long term agreement to allow us to manufacture a number of Mars branded biscuit products, Marmite biscuits and Cathedral City savoury snacks. We are also forming key strategic partnerships within the Retailer Private Label sector.

What are we all about?

Here at Burton’s Biscuit Company we pride ourselves on being an employer of choice. Our goal is to support our team in achieving their career goals, by providing a working environment that offers opportunity, support, scope and pace of change. Our culture is the foundation of our business. We are fast paced, agile and fun.

Why work as part of our NPD Team?

You’ll lead a small team of two based out of our Edinburgh bakery and report into the group Head of R&D. Great tasting biscuits don’t happen by accident and you will take responsibility for making this happen. A key focus will be managing the site R&D agenda which will cover Innovation, NPD - including product & pack changes. You will be responsible for ensuring all technical R&D documents are completed for new products and processes for commercial scale up’s & bakery trials.

A key part of this role will still be very hands, which will see you taking new baking specification briefs, these could be completely new bakes or be a slight alteration in an existing recipe. Ensuring prototypes and created to high quality spec on time. Working with the bakery team to help resolve baking technical issues during production (these can be sensory, chemical analysis, or shelf life testing).

You will get to try lots of new and exciting things, in our very own R&D bakery onsite, every day will be a new adventure in baking tasty treats.

What are the key ingredients needed for the role?

To be an NPD Manager for Burton’s Biscuits we are looking for someone to have a Food Science, Food Technology or relevant science related degree.

Previous experience as an NPD Manager where you have managed the scaling up process for a commercial manufacturing operation. Experience of working in a commercial manufacturing environment where baking has been a key element in the manufacturing process (this doesn’t have to be food related but would be ideal). Also key experience of understanding the packaging process of finished consumer product.

Final part of the mix.

Strong communication skills with the ability to build relationships with key stakeholders quickly, not afraid to get hands on and is passionate and creating exciting products.

You may have had experience or be interested in the following: NPD Manager, New Product Development, Food Consultant, Innovation Manager, Senior Development Technologist, Food Manufacturing, Interim NPD Manager etc.

REF: 89305

Ask anyone here at Burton’s Biscuit Company what we’re most passionate about and you’ll get the same answer from everyone – the baking of quality biscuits for the whole family to enjoy.

We’re the only major biscuit manufacturer in the UK to focus solely on biscuits and this dedication has helped us become one of the key players in the market.  We employ over 2,000 people around the UK, in three main manufacturing facilities in Llantarnam, Edinburgh and Blackpool, a chocolate refinery in Moreton and a central distribution hub in Liverpool.  Our head office is based in St. Albans and a subsidiary office is located in Blackpool.

Our forward-thinking strategy historically led to some impressive results with Burton’s Biscuit Company transforming its portfolio shape and profitability since 2009.

This led to the company being acquired by Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan in November 2013, as we continue to adapt to the demands of a challenging economic climate to become a more efficient and agile organisation.

We hope to accelerate our portfolio transformation and growth further by expanding into adjacent categories, new geographic territories and through synergistic bolt-on M&A.


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