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David Wood Foods Ltd
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1 Jan 2022

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Food Manufacturing
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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 experienced Process and Development Manager to lead an NPD team and manage all aspects of new product and existing product development projects.

This is a diverse role which will include working across multiple manufacturing sites and you will be instrumental in ensuring that projects are delivered to meet the agreed customer timelines, quality, and commercial targets. You must be confident working in a fast-paced environment to organise and lead teams under pressure; carefully managing priorities whilst maintaining close attention to detail. You must be confident in a customer facing role and can communicate at all levels.

  • Previous experience working in a development manager role within food manufacturing
  • Proven track record of delivering projects from concept to launch, managing, and coordinating product and packaging changes
  • Work closely with commercial managers to manage customer accounts and communicate NPD activity internally
  • Analytical thinker with excellent project management skills to drive and influence the NPD agenda
  • NPD knowledge with understanding of the major retailer’s brand standards
  • Ability to outline clear processes and procedures to ensure successful launch
  • Highly collaborative to manage internal teams and key stakeholders to drive and deliver innovation
  • A clear understanding of HACCP and food safety
  • Driving licence and flexible to travel 
  • Hold a food science degree or relevant qualifications


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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