NPD Technologist

Simon Howie Foods
Dunning, nr Perth
circa £28k DoE
Closing date
14 Jun 2021

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Development, Technical, Scientist
Business Sector
Food Manufacturing
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Simon Howie Foods is a multi-award winning business based in Dunning near Perth. We are a customer led business where quality, customer service, high standards, consistency and reliability are not just words they are the backbone of our business.

Reporting to the Technical Manager, we are looking for an experienced NPD Technologist who will support and manage the NPD process to deliver innovative new products for our key retail customers. You will enjoy a dynamic and varied role where you take responsibility for managing NPD projects from initial concept through to launch. 

Working in partnership key internal departments, you will use your strong understanding of NPD processes to highlight potential risks and issues, driving continuous improvements and applying any corrective actions to ensure we maintain our position as a trusted and respected manufacturer of high-quality products.

Key responsibilities:

•    “Specification” responsibilities include maintaining existing and completing new specifications both internally and for customers involving retailer specific portals
•    Managing the NPD critical path including communication of critical new product launch information
•    Generating technical pack copy information
•    Artwork approval including checks to ensure artwork is legal and contains all the correct information
•    Ensure relevant approved information, e.g. new or amended recipe specifications, approved artwork and QASs, are communicated to relevant colleagues in a timely manner
•    Contribute to internal discussions about product development and innovation so as to maximise competitor advantage
•    Manage the Simon Howie product portfolio on Brandbank for use across our retail partner websites
•    Regular external product benchmarking
•    Provide additional technical support to the team to ensure the business meets safety, legal and specific customer requirements in relevant technical areas

Ideal candidate:

•    Degree calibre 
•    Experience in a similar type of role, preferably within the chilled produce sector
•    Sound knowledge of labelling legislation and artwork approval processes
•    Experience of completing “retailer specifications” would be an advantage
•    Comfortable working on own initiative as well as part of a team 
•    Experience of co-ordinating product launches or similar activities where you had a leading role
•    Demonstrates a “can do” attitude
•    Good communication and interpersonal skills
•    Comfortable working as part of a multi-national team 
•    Effective IT skills, (MS Office – excel, word, outlook)

To apply for this post, click on the apply button and/or follow the instructions below.

CV’s should be supported by a covering email or letter which outlines why you think you are a good fit for the role. 

Applicants must have the right to live and work in the UK. 

We are only able to respond to successful applicants.  We will do this not later than 7 days after the closing date but we will be reviewing applications as we receive them.  Closing date is Friday 4 June 2021. 

Applications without a covering letter / email will not be progressed.

Strictly no agencies, canvassing or cold calling



Simon Howie the Scottish Butcher is one of Scotlands largest and best-known producers of high-quality food products.  From our humble beginnings, the company has grown to encompass two famous butchers shops and a factory that provides our much-loved products to supermarkets throughout the UK.  Our 120 staff are passionate about the food we produce and we work to the most stringent of industry and quality standards.


We have come a long way since setting up shop in Dunning, Perthshire, Scotland in 1986. From humble beginnings, to becoming the 4th fastest-growing Scottish brand (Kantar Brand Footprint 2020), our story has been one of steady growth fuelled by our passion for producing the highest quality products and our customers’ appreciation of what we put on their plates.


Simon founded the butchery business in 1986 in the village of Dunning where the business still resides today. The Howie family have been farming locally for the past 100 years which provided a terrific platform on which to set up the meat business. Simon trained as a butcher in Perth before starting his own small shop in Dunning. He went on to open three more shops then the factory in Dunning following the purchase of Findony Farm in 1994.  Simon is a butcher at heart and the love of the meat trade and the people involved makes him passionate about moving the business forward. Seeing products that have been prepared and packed in Dunning sell to happy customers throughout the UK gives him real satisfaction. Ultimately great businesses come down to having great people and Simon is quick to credit his team, many of whom have been with him for over twenty years or more, acknowledging “they are the backbone of our business”.


At Simon Howie Foods we hold ourselves to the highest quality standards in the industry and only work with farmers that share our values. Farming practices and taste are intrinsically linked, so we demand our suppliers meet the highest animal welfare standards and rear superb animals.

In addition, we invest in our infrastructure, equipment and people. We recognise that each employee has a responsibility to ensure that the quality of products or services under their control meet our required standards at all times.

Whether it is a prime cut of beef bought from your local Simon Howie Butcher, a Simon Howie product bought from the supermarket or a Simon Howie steak eaten at a high-end restaurant, we guarantee the highest quality of meat that has been carefully prepared by our team of award-winning chefs and butchers.

We pride ourselves on the quality of our products and are delighted our customers agree.

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