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Senior Development Technologist

CPA Recruitment
West Midlands
£up to £38,000 plus package
Closing date
28 Nov 2021

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Food Manufacturing
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The Company.

With multi-site locations, our client continues to serve leading UK multiples and many leading restaurants brands (consumer products under licence) with an outstanding portfolio of products from their three manufacturing sites.

The Role.

Reporting to an NPD Manager, you will be a key and important member of this growing NPD team, where you will be responsible for delivering strategic NPD, Innovation, and Investment projects - from initial ideation to process handover. Delivering innovative concepts for new and existing product ranges and working with a broad customer base to launch new products that are up to date with emerging trends and consumer expectations, you will be the first point of contact for your major accounts and responsible for managing customer briefs and new projects. In this customer focused role, you'll also be liaising frequently with your accounts to keep them updated on key projects as well as supporting commercial by attending post launch reviews.

The Responsibilities.

  • To Project Manage Key Innovation Projects with Strategic Customer Partners, within a cross-functional project team
  • To develop new products both proactively and in partnership with Strategic Customers
  • To create and maintain excellent working relationships with our Strategic Customers
  • Duties cover managing kitchen concept work, pilot plant trials and factory trials
  • To coordinate and support the NPD Stage/Gate process from concept to launch on assigned projects
  • To ensure assigned projects are assessed to meet required Food Safety and Quality parameters
  • To ensure required documentation is completed, transparent and provides due diligence
  • Artwork checking and approval ensuring legal requirements are met as required
  • To provide support on ingredient / product / process issues on live products
  • To aid on assigned Factory C.I. projects where required

The Person.

  • Self-starter, well organised, team player, passionate “foodie”, innovative and creative thinker
  • Excellent two-way communicator (written & verbal), Strong Food presentation skills
  • “Commercially” aware (Cost and Operational parameters)
  • Food Technology, Process technology or Food Science qualification (degree level or equivalent)
  • Strong Product Development experience within a Food Manufacturing environment
  • Previous Key Customer Relationship management (ideally Retail and B2B)
  • Experience of Cross Functional Project Management, Major Investment Projects
  • Experience in Process (Cooking) and Filling/Packaging operations, ideally Sauces/Condiments
  • Understanding/Awareness of Packaging Technology

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

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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