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.
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.
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.