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NPD Technologist

The FSC Group
Competitive + Benefits
Closing date
19 Apr 2021

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Development, Technical, Scientist
Business Sector
Food Manufacturing
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Job Details

Location: Bristol Innovation Centre, Farleigh Church, Old Weston Road, Flax Bourton. BS48 1UL

Benefits: Competitive basic salary + 20 days holiday (pro rata) + your birthday off + health care scheme + other company benefits

Hours: Full time, Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm (occasional flexibility may be required)


As one of a team of NPD Technologists working in the Food to Go sector, you will be part of a multi-disciplinary Agile team based at our Innovation Centre in a converted church near Bristol.  It is a challenging and fast-moving environment, where you can contribute to exciting developments in this ever-changing sector of the food industry.  Although based in the Innovation Centre, you will be required to occasionally visit manufacturing sites around the UK and Ireland.

The role will involve:

Delivering new products & customer launches to market as part of an Agile scrum team, through:

•    Attending and contributing to the daily stand-up meeting with scrum team members to discuss planned and completed work tasks, and assist team by removing blockers where possible 
•    Driving the development of products from chef handover to launch taking into consideration cost, market trends, microbiological hazards, customer profile, ease of processing, travel, packaging and testing
•    Ensuring the ingredient/product information is accurate, up-to-date and consistent across different ingredients and suppliers in the online NPD system 
•    Ensuring ingredient specs are completed on time in full by our suppliers
•    Understanding any impact of ingredient choices and factory processes on food safety
•    Creating manufacturing specifications and generating other required reports using the NPD system
•    Building relationships with the manufacturers, understanding their capabilities and spending time on site with their development teams to create exciting products in an efficient way, following the products through to the launch and beyond
•    Generating/formatting/checking information for product labeling including descriptions and ingredients in accordance with current legislation
•    Proof reading of artwork against pack copies ensuring consistency across all cutter guides/product types
•    Liaising and communicating with the manufacturers, other members of the NPD team, ops team, technical team and account managers throughout the development and launch process
•    Attending factory trials and product launches at various locations across the UK and Ireland
•    Attending product photo shoots and taking photos for product specs where required, ensuring they are fit for purpose
•    Assisting in the sourcing new ingredients where appropriate
•    Investigating new food trends and competitor activity at a local, national and global levels
•    Promoting a positive friendly ‘can do’ attitude within the department
•    Performing any other duties and objectives as required from time to time to contribute effectively to the achievement of the business aims and objectives

Qualifications (academic and work-related)


•    BSc Food Science/Technology (or similar)
•    Valid UK driving licence
•    Right to work in the UK


•    3+ years’ experience in NPD/process within FMCG, and having visited/worked in several different food manufacturing sites
•    Specification management/artwork proofing with an FMCG food company
•    Experience in working in a fast-paced environment, working with a high volume of SKUs
•    Knowledge of UK labelling legislation
•    A strong interest in food outside of work and awareness of market trends


•    Computer literate, particularly EXCEL
•    Meticulous attention to detail
•    Excellent organisational skills
•    A self-starter
•    Able to work independently and as part of a team
•    Relishes working in a fast-paced environment in a hands-on capacity
•    Has a natural can-do attitude 
•    Shows initiative
•    Has ability to learn to use new software quickly
•    Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal 
•    Ability to multitask


FSC is a family business with 25 years of award winning experience in creating, rolling out and managing bespoke customer food-on-the-move solutions. Our customers include a selection of blue-chip companies in various industries.

We offer a range of consultancy services drawing on our in depth knowledge of the food-on-the-move sector. Our Head Office is located in the world famous village of Cheddar and, although many of the team are based throughout the UK and Europe, we regularly gather together to review performance, share best practice and socialise!

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