Product Developer (NPD)
- Contract Type
Are you an experienced Product Developer / NPD Technologist or a Food Science / Manufacturing Graduate with some experience of working within Food Manufacturing?
If so, we would love to hear from you!
You will be working at our bright and modern Head office on the Chichester Food Park in beautiful West Sussex.
We are one of the largest employers in the Chichester area, with 4 sites employing more than 1,200 talented individuals and we are growing!
So, it's an exciting time to join us, make your mark and be a proud part of our onward journey.
A day in the life of a Product Developer:
We make delicious salad meals, coleslaw, potato salad, bagged salads and leafy salad bowls. Our products are stocked by leading Retail supermarkets & restaurant chains and consumed by millions of customers in the UK, so you may well have eaten something made by us!
You will get involved in projects from initial concept idea to launch in stores. Nothing is more satisfying than seeing something you've been involved in creating proudly displayed on the shelves in your local supermarket ready to be enjoyed by consumers!
This is a very hands on job where you will spend lots of time in the development kitchen and manufacturing environment, including preparing samples, chopping up fruit, veg and salad and getting stuck into projects.
This is a very busy role and other key tasks include submission forms, helping with customer presentation paperwork, taking product photos, launches, involvement in trials, theoretical nutrition calculation, ingredient declarations, liaising with couriers, updating recipe concept sheets, organising benchmarking etc. You will be our NPD Managers right hand person.
We are predominantly private label but have aspirations to launch and grow some brands in the very near future, so there is plenty of opportunity to get creative and involved in new products.
We work with a variety of ingredients and food allergens like meat, fish, dairy, fruit and veg so there's lots to learn. You will be involved in supporting the development of recipes until they're perfect.
You will work cross functionally in partnership with the Process, Sales, Category, Procurement, Production and Technical teams in the development of new products from concept through to launch.
Want to know more? Apply today for more detail!
Hours: 8.30am - 5.30pm Monday - Friday - 1 hour lunch.
This is a permanent role.
Food obsessed with a desire to keep learning and trying new things!
You will also need to be a hands-on team player, happy to get stuck into projects in the kitchen and carrying out practical work like making up samples.
You will work closely with lots of teams in different across the business so will need good people skills and the ability to get the best out of people.
You will be an aspiring Product Developer / NPD Technologist with some work or placement experience, we are keen to develop someone into a more senior role in the future so you will have plenty of support to grow your career.
Must have a food qualification - Degree / HND Level or qualified by experience. (Ideally Food Science or Nutrition degree)
Although you need plenty of creativity you will also need to be organised and driven to be keep projects on track and meeting deadlines during the development process.
Your journey with us…
There's plenty of training opportunities and you could also work towards Food Hygiene and Safety certificates, HACCP certificates, Principles of lean manufacturing and learn project management skills for example.
You will be spoilt for choice with future career development opportunities at Natures Way Foods, whether you decide to climb the ladder in the NPD team or end up making a sideways move, we will help make your career ambitions a reality.
- Competitive salary.
- Annual company performance bonus.
- Relocation packages available.
- Laptop and mobile phone.
- Company pension.
- 25 days holiday + 8 days bank holiday.
- Discounted gym membership.
- 1 day company paid volunteering day.
- Healthshield Perks healthcare package.
- Life Assurance policy.
- Plenty of development and training opportunities.
- Employee Assistance Programme.
- Exclusive online benefits and discounts.
- Business casual dress down policy.
- Free parking available across all sites.
We are Lovers of the Leaf, Kings of Coleslaw, Fanatic about our Fruit and proud of our Stunning Salad Meals!
As a private label food manufacturer, our products are sold in Retailers (including - Tesco, Sainsbury's, Morrisons, Aldi) and Foodservice businesses (including McDonald's, Pret and Itsu).
Our manufacturing sites are centres of excellence and have grown significantly since 1994. Natures Way Foods has a core foundation in the Chichester area, employing over 1,200 talented individuals that all have a part to play in our success story.
If you want to grow your career with a supportive manager, talented colleagues and a company that champions equal opportunities - Lettuce know!
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