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NPD Baker

David Wood Foods Ltd
West Midlands
£24000 - £27,000
Closing date
17 Sep 2021

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Food Manufacturing
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Company – David Wood Baking

Location – West Midlands

Starting Salary - £24000 - £27,000

David Wood Baking is a fast growing food manufacturing business operating out of 8 sites across the UK. Supplying most of the major retailers and discounters, food service firms and some of the UK’s leading brands with a selection of speciality bread, pies, sweet and savoury pastries and ready meal products through both frozen and ambient channels. Our Development, Technical and Sales teams work closely together to innovate and deliver high quality goods that meet our customer’s briefs and technical standards. DWB is an exciting and challenging place to work and as the company continues to grow we are looking for an NPD Baker.

As a NPD Baker, you will be exposed to all aspects of new product development and will be responsible for effectively delivering innovation through new products and improving existing recipes in line with the customer expectations and David Wood Baking site agendas. Ensuring that products and projects are delivered to the agreed profitability and timescales. You will work closely with Process and Development Manager, Process and Development Technologists and Commercial Managers to ensure alignment and delivery of projects, making sure that any technical and operational requirements are taken into consideration.

You must be creative and have a natural flair for idea/ recipe generation whilst considering the manufacturing process. Using your knowledge of ingredients and trends you will have a natural ability to create recipes inline  with customer expectations and be able to manage writing recipes and costings, preparing samples, ordering ingredients and completing factory trials. This is a demanding role in a fast-paced business that will require a strong individual who has a proactive approach to manage multiple timelines and projects across different sites.  It would be a great advantage if you have previous experience working in a development role within the bakery industry.

  • Awareness of market trends and innovation.
  • Ability to fully document all recipe development and ensure smooth handover of products.
  • Ability to work closely with commercial team to develop innovative products.
  • Confident at presenting products and concepts internally and to customers.
  • Confident working in both the test bakery and production environment.
  • Strong organisational and communication skills.
  • Strong understanding of Excel, Word and Powerpoint.
  • Driving licence and flexible to travel.


Ten years after David started the business, we now have eight sites around the UK, giving us the facilities and expertise to produce diverse cuisines. From handmade artisan bread to meals, sides and savoury pastry, we love creating great food, and are fast developing into a class leading and trusted supplier of high quality chilled and frozen foods

Our key philosophy is to provide customers with a quality product, when they want it at a competitive and fair price, developing positive key relationships as a result.

As a family business, people are at the heart of our values, be that our own valued staff, or the customers we serve. Honesty, openness and respect are key to our relationships and are key to our staff satisfaction. We work as teams both within the business and outside to deliver our results, continually improve and challenge ourselves in order to deliver our great quality, innovative and delicious products. We all believe in building long lasting relationships, in order to drive our future growth and success.

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