NPD Chef

Jarvis Johnson
London (Greater)
circa £30k per annum
Closing date
21 Jul 2022

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Contract Type
Development, Other Job Function
Business Sector
Food Manufacturing
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Job Details

Our client, a food manufacturer based in NW London, is seeking an NPD Chef to be responsible for translating product ideas and briefs to reality, all sample making, information collection to scale up to factory version ensuring accurate costs collated and managing all documentation in the development process. 




Reporting to the Product Development Manager, responsibilities for the role will include:

  • Translating product briefs from trials through scaling up and launch in line with the business commercial calendar and target margins
  • Hands on kitchen work to produce quality product samples, following a set recipe, for internal and external product presentations
  • Identifying any problems that arise in the development stage as well as resolving them quickly. While maintaining a level head with strong strategic leadership skills
  • Working in collaboration with key stakeholders to develop and adapt existing recipes to maintain or improve taste, texture, quality and cost
  • Presenting facts and ideas clearly and accurately, including training the Production Team to produce the products
  • Planning, organising and controlling resources to deliver concepts to an agreed quality and timescale
  • Monitoring new and existing products to deliver a high-quality food offering which supports the business objectives
  • Providing accurate recipe costing and boosting overall profitability
  • Driving awareness and food culture
  • Staying ahead of consumer taste trends


Essential / Desirable skills include:

  • Experience in a similar Development Chef position, within Food Manufacturing or Restaurant
  • Kitchen / sample production experience
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills
  • A passion for food and a good understanding of the current markets and trends
  • Highly organised with a great attention to detail
  • Time management skills and able to work to tight deadlines
  • Good numeracy and computer skills
  • An understanding of produce and nutrition
  • Creative and innovative thinking
  • Ability to work on own with minimal supervision and use sound judgment
  • The ability to encourage and motivate people



The Company:

  • Multi-site Food Manufacturer who create and produce their products with values of honesty and simplicity Their heritage drives them but they still focus on looking forwards; their values of Quality, Service, Innovation, People and Passion frame everything they do Keen to be a force in driving the change towards better, more authentic and healthier goods



This salary for this role is c.£30k and will involve working Monday – Friday, 9am – 6pm with flexibility to ensure training is delivered across all shifts and with occasional working on Sundays prior to launches. 


If this role is of interest, please apply AS SOON AS POSSIBLE quoting reference number JJ-P4625 with an updated CV, an indication of your current salary and your availability.


Jarvis Johnson is a Specialist Recruitment and Interim Management Agency, set up by Technical Managers and “Placing Technical First” for the Food Manufacturing Industry.

We have a total database of over 6,500 candidates within our specialist areas of Technical, Quality and NPD, built up over the last 20 years.  

We identify candidates with specialist experience, seeking referrals from influential candidates within the market, combined with advertising on Food Industry specific and generalist job boards as well as searching external databases and our very wide LinkedIn Network.

We truly believe in building strong relationships with both our candidates and clients and we go the extra mile to find candidates who really fit in terms of experience, skills and personality/ culture fit.

If you’re an Interim Manager who wants to be notified on upcoming assignments or you are looking for a new permanent role and want to be kept updated on new vacancies then please email an updated CV together with location and remuneration details to 

If you are representing a Food Company and want to find out more about our Recruitment / Interim Management  services then please email  for a copy of our Terms of Business or call 01302 366967 to speak to our ex-Technical Manager Managing Director, Lisa Johnson


Find Us
01302 366967
70-72 Nottingham Road
NG18 1BN
United Kingdom

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