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NPD Manager – New Formats & Technologies

Blue Spark
Andover, Hampshire
Closing date
11 Dec 2020

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Business Sector
Food Manufacturing
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We are starting an exciting phase of our innovation journey and are looking for a shining star to join us and create new products that our global consumers will love.    

We’re looking for an exceptional R&D professional with the vision, passion and technical capability to fully harness new trends and push the boundaries of innovation.  Really driving competitive advantage, expanding current ranges and being first to market with dazzling new products is what this role is all about.

If you have the right mix of technical innovation experience, capturing and creating product opportunities, inspiring those around you and captivating consumers, this might just be that elusive NPD role you have dreamed of.

The Role

The purpose of the Design and Development Team, within Twinings NPD, is to drive commercial growth by creating technical opportunities and building them into great tasting, healthy beverages, driving competitive advantage for Twinings.

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 manage the New Formats and Technologies platform, within the Twinings technical roadmap. This will involve becoming the business product technical expert in creating new formats which could add advantage to Twinings’ products. 

You will be proactive, working closely with global marketing teams to understand consumer needs before defining research and development focus areas. 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 products stand out in terms of consumer appeal as well as technical viability.

You’ll inspire our marketing teams on new thinking, by keeping on top of consumer and ingredient trends. Lead proactive presentations of product development capabilities, linked to key trends, including sample creation and inspiration.

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

An accomplished NPD / R&D / Technical Innovation Manager with a Food Science 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 compromising 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.  Experience of working with food or beverage raw materials, particularly nutritional ingredients, botanical and flavours would be ideal.

You will be highly collaborative and a strong networker, with a solid track record of delivering genuinely innovative products to market, in conjunction with external partners.  You will be a natural communicator and motivational leader with the 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 having a highly adept communication style in order to challenge conventional thinking and impart ideas at all levels within our organisation.

If you can inspire, innovate and deliver exceptional products then we’d love to hear from you.

Please apply or speak to our recruitment partner, Dhrutee at Blue Spark. 

Tel: 0345 2600 737 or email

Any direct & third party applicants will be forwarded to Blue Spark for consideration.


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.

Find Us
0345 2600 737
34 - 36 The Broadway
Haywards Heath
RH16 3AL
United Kingdom
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