Head of NPD

Eden Scott Ltd
North East Scotland
£competitive + Package + Relocation + Accommodation Costs
Closing date
19 Sep 2020

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Eden Scott is delighted to be retained by one of Scotland’s leading food manufacturing businesses to assist in the confidential search for an experienced Head of NPD / NPD Manager from within the food industry.  

Based in Scotland our client is open to a full relocation package and/or flexible working from home with paid accommodation 2-3 nights a week locally.

Job Purpose:

The role is responsible for creating and implementing the New Product Introduction & Development strategy. This will involve building a high performing team that can take a product from the R&D team and work with multiple stakeholders and ensure that new products are manufacturable and meet key performance and commercial criteria.


  • Working with leading retailers on private label you will need to be skilled at delivering a high-quality product which is both representative of our brands and the customer’s brand.
  • Develop an NPD plan for key customers and our brands, which engages all the key stakeholders and delivers a market leading product.
  • Managing the process end to end you will be required to lead, bench-marking sessions and post launch review meetings.
  • Manage and develop the innovation pipeline in line with market trends and expectations.
  • Liaising and working in conjunction with the supply base and technical team to develop fit for purpose raw materials.
  • Take product from concept to launch including costings.
  • Liaise with Key customers to understand their requirements, points of difference and make appropriate recommendations.


  • Demonstrable experience of delivering new products to market
  • Experience of material selection and differing manufacturing methods
  • Experience of compliance and analysis such as FEA and FMEA
  • Experience of working with ERP and CRM systems
  • A detailed knowledge of working on private label and brand
  • Be creative and hands on.
  • Food science degree desirable or highly experienced within a similar role.
  • Used to working to the highest standards within retail.
  • Used to working in large and busy factory environment.
  • Proactive approach
  • Excellent verbal and written skills
  • High standard of accuracy and attention to detail

Eden Scott is a specialist UK food and drink industry recruiter.

We offer cost effective and high quality recruitment solutions to both candidates and clients within the food & drink industry.

Our clients range from start-ups to multi-national corporations throughout the UK and overseas.

We have an excellent track record of attracting talent from within the UK, Europe and overseas.

Whether you are looking to employ staff on a permanent, temporary or contract basis, please get in touch.

Our services include:

• Advertising design and placement

• Access to a large database of high quality, food and drink candidates

• Management of the full recruitment process

• Support of final interviews and selection

• Executive search campaigns

• Digital marketing

• Assessment centres including Psychometric testing

Contact Us
  • 26 St Andrew Square
  • Edinburgh
  • EH2 1AF
  • GB
  • 0131 550 1100
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