R&D - Technical and Innovation Lead

Blue Spark
Remote working with travel to Europe
Closing date
9 Jul 2022

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The Company

This highly regarding business are upping their game when it comes to product innovation and are investing heavily in R&D, sustainability and recycling initiatives that will keep them a good few steps ahead of their competitors. They have created a new role for an outstanding Technical Innovation Lead to join their Product / R&D Team to help develop, drive and deliver innovation projects.

The Role

This is a Divisional role and reports to the Business Improvement Director were you will work as part of a talented and agile R&D team to design, develop and scale first to market products.  

You will work cross-functionally across the business to lead the product life-cycle from conceptualisation to product sign off.  Through managing each stage of the process you’ll create a robust system with solid documentation and reliable methodology to bring in best practice that accelerates the innovation strategy. You will also help build and form a first-class product team that will lead the way on a variety of projects and work closely with sites across Europe.  

As well as managing the stage-gate process you will be involved in sourcing suppliers, ensuring operational and quality standards, successful pro-typing, costing and feasibility.  You will monitor and improve the performance of the innovation lifecycle, working with stakeholders across all regions, levels and functions to drive continuous improvement initiatives.

The Person

We are looking for a highly ambitious, proactive and commercially astute R&D professional who has broad based experience within an FMCG / manufacturing environment (short cycle, fast moving product sector).  

You will have a proven track record of leading pioneering development, understand how to leverage functional expertise to deliver commercially viable products and can embed a solid stage gate process. You will also need to understand operational capability and supply chain as well as quality, cost and delivery challenges.

Being solutions driven you must have a natural flair for making things happen and influencing those around you, having the tenacity and agility to gain the confidence of the business and key stakeholders.

Your leadership and communication skills will be second to none in order to collaborate at all levels, allowing you to inform, influence, engage and inspire teams. Ideally you will have experience of managing virtual, cross-functional divisional or regional project teams to achieve delivery goals.   You will need to be able to operate independently, travel to Europe on a regular basis and be able to connect with people quickly.

If you feel you have the confidence, credibility and outstanding R&D skills gained within an FMCG environment, then please apply or call Dhrutee on 0345 2600737 for more information.

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Although we do our utmost to respond to all applicants, there are times when this is just not possible due to sheer volume so if you have not heard from us within 5 working days then we are sorry to say your application for this role has not been successful.
Also, please note that we are only able to accept and respond to applications from candidates with eligibility to work in the UK and those who hold valid work visas.



Blue Spark is a boutique recruitment consultancy for the Food and Drinks industry, satisfying a growing appetite for intelligent and ethical recruitment.

Working entirely free of commission, we source high calibre candidates for some of the most exciting organisations in the field.

Our friendly and creative consultants seek the perfect match with every appointment – be it graduate or director level, permanent or interim.

Established by Food professionals in 2006, our vast experience and intuitive grasp of market trends has earned us the superb reputation we enjoy today.

With a particular commitment to openness and innovation, Blue Spark offers a truly comprehensive range of recruitment solutions across all sectors of the Food and Drinks industry.

These include:

• Search and Selection

• Advertised Search

• Executive Search

• Database Search

• Proactive Candidate Generation

So whether you're seeking that dream job in Food and Drink, or the perfect people for your growing business, Blue Spark can deliver.

Find Us
0345 2600 737
34 - 36 The Broadway
Haywards Heath
West Sussex
RH16 3AL

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