Technical Innovation / NPD Manager - Food & Drink

Blue Spark
Andover, Hampshire
Closing date
24 Nov 2020

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Business Sector
Food Manufacturing
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The Company

Driven by a culture of innovation, ambition and their strong brand values this business brings exceptional products to food and drink lovers across the globe. As market leaders they make sure they stay on top of trends and deliver amazing products to their discerning and health conscious consumers.

The Role

As a key member of this collaborative NPD team, you will lead the creation of innovative and technically complex products across worldwide markets. Commercially minded and technically strong, you will be able to challenge conventional thinking and create the future.

You will be proactive, working closely with regional marketing teams to understand consumer needs before defining research and development focus areas to meet them. You will take overall responsibility for the exploration of complex ingredients, creating a step change in product sensory performance in order to cultivate new opportunities.  You will lead research into new ingredients and formats, as well as taking responsibility for the development of challenging new products from ideation through to factory implementation, ensuring product stand out in terms of consumer appeal as well as technical viability.

There will be an emphasis on working with external partners to discover or develop new ingredients and introduce new products that will help build a long term innovation pipeline for the brand, across worldwide markets.

The Person

Suit an accomplished R&D / Innovation Manager with a Food Science or Technology qualification, or similar, who has the breadth of experience to be able to link consumer insights and technical knowledge in order to inspire and recommend new product ideas. You will be able to bring these products to life, ensure they have a competitive edge and motivate stakeholders to deliver new products to market at the right pace without neglecting quality standards.

Aware of how the food and drink market is performing at home and overseas, you’ll have a trained eye for spotting trends and the ability to use this industry knowledge to deliver ground-breaking and imaginative products.

You will be highly collaborative and a strong networker, ideally with a strong track record of delivering genuinely innovative products to market in conjunction with third parties.

You will be a natural communicator and motivational leader with an ability to effectively manage and influence key stakeholders, building strong working relationships. It is essential to be able to think creatively and strategically in order to see the broader business and commercial context as well as effectively solve problems on your own initiative.

So if you’re looking for a new challenge and keen to be part of this recognised brand then we’d like to hear from you. Apply now or call Dhrutee on 0345 2600 737 for more information.

We our utmost to get back to candidates quickly but if you have not heard back from us within 5 days then your application has not been successful on this occasion.

Due to the high volume of applications we receive, I am sorry to say that we are unable to respond to candidates that do not possess the required food & drink industry experience required for our vacancies.

Also, 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
  • United Kingdom
  • 0345 2600 737
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