Food and drink product developer working in a product development consultancy based in Woking. The role encompasses a number of different food and drink areas and a wide range of projects to experience.
Develop and launch new products as detailed on product briefs ensuring ingredients and nutrition requirements conform to customer brand standards, and regulatory compliance for the appropriate countries.
Complete costings to ensure products achieve the quality and margin aspirations as detailed on the product brief Handle all paperwork including new product set-up documentation, new ingredient information, recipe and costing.
Source new ingredients, as required, for a new brief Brief suppliers with requirements – for example, reduced sugar, palm free - and adhere to requirements (Vegetarian, HALAL suitable, Nut free etc.) Gain customer approval for the product.
Request costs, minimum order quantities and lead time for new ingredients. Occasionally attend UK client sites to present samples, gain feedback, answer technical, quality or processing questions.
Contact clients independently when seeking to ask or answer questions relating to quality or technical concerns relating to the project.
Coordinate factory trial or first validation / production, initiating validation paperwork, travel tests, and post-trial meeting / tastings.
Prepare customer samples as detailed on the brief, ensuring costings and draft specs are available and delivered to the customer on time
Execute projects with some guidance from the Froghop Manager or Director and assistance from project manager to manage timeline
Occasionally lead and manage kick-off or go-live project calls with all functions Ensure all new products are legal and safe, shelf-life tested, travel tested, and meet all brand standards required by the customer, internally or of government bodies – for example, with respect to sodium content, saturated fat, calorie reduction etc
Provide constant support to key contacts including the Froghop manager, Froghop director, R&D team colleagues and internal contacts
Engage in research of new ingredients or processes that might give competitive advantage or simplified processes or problem solving Keep abreast of current market trends in the food and drink and associated categories, giving stimulus to clients as required