NPD Project Manager

Blue Spark
South Coast / South East England
Closing date
21 Oct 2019

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Business Sector
Food Manufacturing
South East England, Portsmouth, PO3 5EJ, South East England
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The Company

This entrepreneurial and innovative food company are focussed on their development and expansion plans.  They are investing in their innovations strategy, paving the way for an NPD Project Manager to deliver exciting new projects.

The Role

Reporting to the Head of Innovation, you will take centre stage in this high profile role, being the linchpin between customers, manufacturing partners and internal teams.

As part of the innovations team you will work closely with the development chef on culinary and commercial briefs, plan all new projects and manage costings. You’ll lead the day to day management of the development process, from concept stage through to launch, implementing the critical path for all customer projects.  You will also work with the Process Technologist to ensure factory trials, first production runs and launches are on schedule.

As well as working with manufacturing partners, you’ll be the main point of contact for your customers, advising them of project timescales and aligning project completion with customer strategies. You will ensure everything runs as planned and that expectations are managed and maintained throughout.  

You will also seek out exciting new opportunities, support internal teams with range reviews, identify gaps in the market and areas for potential growth.

The Person

You will have previous food manufacturing experience with the ability to juggle and manage complex, multi-layered projects. You will also have previously worked with the retailers, ideally on own label products. You will be personable and approachable with the ability to form positive and long-lasting relationships with internal teams and suppliers.

A real passion for food, quality and solutions, you’ll be able to work cross-functionally with excellent communication skills, commercial awareness and outstanding influencing skills. Your strong project management skills will be demonstrable alongside your knowledge of what is going on in the retail & foodservice landscape.

You’ll be looking for a challenge, the chance to make an impact in this new role and eager to progress in your career. If this sounds like you then send us through an application today or call our office on 0845 2600 737 to find out more. 


Please note that we are only able to accept and respond to applications from candidates with eligibility to work in the UK and those who hold valid work visas.

Blue Spark is a boutique recruitment consultancy for the Food and Drinks industry, satisfying a growing appetite for intelligent and ethical recruitment.

Working entirely free of commission, we source high calibre candidates for some of the most exciting organisations in the field.

Our friendly and creative consultants seek the perfect match with every appointment – be it graduate or director level, permanent or interim.

Established by Food professionals in 2006, our vast experience and intuitive grasp of market trends has earned us the superb reputation we enjoy today.

With a particular commitment to openness and innovation, Blue Spark offers a truly comprehensive range of recruitment solutions across all sectors of the Food and Drinks industry.

These include:

• Search and Selection

• Advertised Search

• Executive Search

• Database Search

• Proactive Candidate Generation

So whether you're seeking that dream job in Food and Drink, or the perfect people for your growing business, Blue Spark can deliver.

Contact Us
  • 34 - 36 The Broadway
  • Haywards Heath
  • RH16 3AL
  • GB
  • 0845 2600 737
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