Head of Technical and Product Development

CPA Recruitment
£Attractive Senior Salary + car allowance + bonus + healthcare
Closing date
12 Nov 2021

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Development, Technical
Business Sector
Food Manufacturing
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Job Details

The Company.

An exciting opportunity has arisen with a rapidly growing dynamic food business who distribute delicious food products across the world! This truly global and award-winning food specialist work with a number of strategic co-manufacture to produce a range of a quality packaged products to many well-known business leading customers, including UK retail supply.

The Role.

As Head of Technical & Product Development, you will play a key role in facilitating the achievement of the company’s targets and business growth plans, through the strategic leadership and management of the Technical & Product Development function. Ultimately,  you will maintain brand reputation, client product satisfaction, and ensure the business and co-packer partnerships operates efficiently and effectively by delivering the business’s technical development programme.

Key Accountabilities.

  • Responsible for delivery of the business plan, with specific accountability for all technical development across the company’s product portfolio
  • Responsible for the effective management of the full product development cycle from product initiation and kick-off to sign-off and launch
  • Ensure that all Product Development processes for food and packaging development are highly robust, effective and efficient and implemented to deliver consistently high-quality
  • Lead the Culinary, Product Development, Technical teams in collaborating with internal stakeholders, external suppliers and customers to develop and implement product concepts
  • Act as a thought leader within the core business for the development of innovation around both food and packaging products.
  • Maintain a close understanding of market, culinary and other developments and share these with colleagues
  • Own, protect, adapt and enhance our product development processes, and provide appropriate training and coaching to all colleagues
  • Play a key role in onboarding manufacturers, technical, quality control and compliance adherence and feasibility assessments of new sites, processes and technologies
  • Sponsor, lead or oversee key projects related to product development, and contribute to other projects within the business as required

Personal Profile.

  • Able to operate at both a strategic and tactical level, with experience inputting to the longer-term plans of the business and implementing them
  • A food science degree, with significant experience in an entrepreneurial food environment
  • Proven negotiation skills at executive / senior leadership levels
  • Managing a product development team and leading the process of new product development
  • Strong financial / commercial experience with knowledge of profit & loss, balance sheet and cashflow management, pricing models and overall general finance and budgeting
  • An understanding of outsourced environments and contract manufacturing would be useful
  • Project management experience and success in meeting operational and financial targets
  • Ability to build and develop strong, cooperative relationships with external partners at executive and operational management levels
  • Skilled at presenting new technical solutions and product ideas to customer in the retail and food service space


To apply, please e-mail in strict confidence, with your CV, including salary details, quoting the above reference and for the attention of James Constable to jamesc@cparecruitment.com.

Due to a high volume of responses, we cannot reply to each application individually. If you have not had a response within one week, we are sorry to say your application has not been successful on this occasion.


International specialists in the provision of practical recruitment and resourcing solutions, across every sector of the food and drink industry, CPA Recruitment is a name synonymous with quality and service, as well as being a business that’s justifiably proud of its well earned reputation.

Offering a global capability, we’re able to draw on an unrivalled wealth of in-house expertise and are clearly acknowledged as one of the market leaders in our field.

Highly respected in the food & drink industry, we are dedicated to building partnerships in business, with both clients and candidates that bring, mutual benefits to all parties, on a long term basis.

With twenty year’s experience, we have grown a talented team of consultants, whose knowledge and experience and expertise of the food and drink recruitment market guarantees that success will be at your disposal to achieve your recruitment objective.

We are renowned for providing bespoke solutions, with in-built flexibility and have a long and successful history of handling both UK and overseas assignments, at all levels, on behalf of a loyal and growing client base – ranging from global blue-chip organisations to independent enterprises.

Find Us
020 8203 1000
Eclipse House
20 Sandown Road
WD24 7AE

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