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NPD/Product Manager

Blue Spark
South East England
Closing date
22 May 2021

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Business Sector
Food Manufacturing
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Job Details

The Company

An exciting new position has been created for a talented NPD/Product Manager with this progressive food manufacturer who produce innovative ranges for major retailers and brands.  They lead the way within their key categories and due to company growth they are expanding their innovations team. 

The Role

Reporting to the Head of NPD you will play a key role in developing, driving and delivering innovative products within a competitive and complex food category.

You will work closely with NPD Chefs and have a small team of Concept Technologists directly reporting to you, supporting with products specific to your own dedicated customer accounts.

As well as being in line with current and emerging food trends, your products will need to meet customer, consumer and category objectives along with margin aspirations.

You will take control of managing the NPD critical path for your customers, being their point of contact and working closely with them to ensure your innovation pipeline will help drive category growth.  This will include supporting the Head of NPD with shaping the medium and long term development plans.

Attuned to market trends, competitor activity and exciting new raw materials, you will spot opportunities to drive continuous improvement within your category.

The Person

We’re ideally looking for an ambitious Senior NPD Technologist / Product Developer who is ready to take the next step up in their career and move into a customer focussed role with line management responsibility.

You will have experience of driving innovation which is supported by a solid understanding of food science and manufacturing processes.  You’ll be comfortable working in a customer facing role, be passionate about food with a demonstrable knowledge of cuisines and ingredients with a willingness to learn and expand upon your repertoire.  You will have previous success in delivering results in either a retail or food manufacturing environment where you have developed your customer management skills as well as an articulate, engaging presentation style.

Finally, you will need to be commercially astute, have superb project management skills with the ability to drive and influence to achieve success.

If you’d like to join a growing and supportive business then send through your application or call Dhrutee for a confidential chat.


We do 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.


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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