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Senior Innovation Manager

Blue Spark
South East England
Closing date
29 Jun 2021

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Business Sector
Food Manufacturing
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The Company

This is an excellent opportunity to develop your NPD career with this global food business producing an exciting and indulgent range of products for the UK and Irish markets. They are now seeking a Senior Innovation Manager who shares their vision and drive to help develop and implement their innovation strategy for this famous brand.

The Role

In this influential role you’ll be responsible for developing and implementing a rich pipeline of innovation into the business, leading from the ground up to drive presence in the market place. Up to date with the latest trends, you'll apply your knowledge and passion for food to generate innovative ideas that will drive growth for existing and new platforms, guiding the innovations team to develop exciting new concepts that are first to market.

Taking ownership of product development from concept to launch, you will encourage cross-functional teams to contribute to the success of products with a focus on innovation as well as quality and efficiency. You will also work closely with the marketing innovations team to identify new opportunities, working in collaboration to help deliver the strategic vision. 

You’ll also play a role in supplier strategy, ensuring every aspect of the product offering matches the company’s passion and authenticity down to the last crumb. Cultivating strong relationships with suppliers and customers, you will ensure this well-known brand stays ahead of its competitors.

The Candidate

Suit a creative, tenacious and credible NPD Manager who has experience of working in a diverse range of product categories and is ready to take the next step up in this strategic innovations role. As well as a degree in food science / technology, you will have bountiful experience within food manufacturing, retail or QSR and will be happy to be hands on when needed.

You will have a proven track record of delivering NPD strategy from concept to launch with an exceptional understanding of food trends, ingredients, seasonality and range planning in order to really influence the direction of this business. Brimming with ideas and inspiration you’ll have experience in bringing products to market that have pushed the boundaries and really made an impact. Your project management skills will be second to none, along with excellent organisation and influencing abilities.

If you have an eye for the bigger picture as well as a real passion for food innovation then apply now or call Kimia on 0345 2600 737 for a confidential chat.

Please note that we are only able to accept and respond to applications from candidates with eligibility to work in the UK and those who hold valid work visas.

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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