Junior Development Technologist

Jarvis Johnson
up to £27k per annum
Closing date
5 Sep 2022

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Contract Type
Development, Graduate, Quality Assurance, Technical
Business Sector
Food Manufacturing
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Job Details

Our client, a rapidly growing Chilled and Frozen Food Manufacturer is looking for a Junior Development Technologist to join its team in Norfolk. The successful candidate will be working closely with the Senior Technologist to support the Head of Development in co-ordinating the new product ideas (NPD) and existing product (EPD) projects to the highest quality, whilst adhering to both internal and external requirements. This is a great opportunity to develop your skills and experience in Product Development with support and training available.

Reporting to the NPD Manager, responsibilities for the role will include:
•    Translating consumer insight, taking relevant food trends and listening to customer and consumer feedback to assist in developing NPD and EPD
•    Daily management of all projects to ensure timely delivery and smooth launches
•    Communicating with internal technical, commercial and operations team, and external retailers and suppliers
•    Preparation of internal and external samples, ensuring they are produced to the expected standard
•    Accurately inputting all required product information in written customer documentation 
•    Supporting the factory scale up stage of new developments in line with site procedures and legal requirements
•    Ensuring the factory trials are successful and next steps are followed up efficiently
•    Managing the information required for artwork generation and due diligence in line with legal practices such as nutritional testing, shelf life, organoleptic testing, travel test, artwork sign off, and factory paperwork
•    Taking ownership for all aspects of the product ensuring all relevant records and documentation are accurate and accessible
•    Managing the implementation of new packaging materials and processes
•    Assisting with the benchmarking programme including competitor shopping, co-ordination of panels and collating results both internally and externally
•    Attending customer presentations as required
•    Playing an active role in customer visits / pre-production / launches where appropriate

Essential / Desirable skills include: 
•    Ideally educated to degree or HND level in a food related discipline
•    Experience working in a food manufacturing environment in an NPD role would be beneficial 
•    IT literate - able to work confidently with email, word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software
•    Initiative-taker - with the drive and tenacity to keep pushing several projects through the business at any one time and the confidence and vision to overcome obstacles along the way
•    Innovation - with a desire to create something new with commercial viability
•    Team player - supporting and developing other people to achieve their goals
•    Keen problem-solving skills
•    A passion for food
•    Self-motivated with good time keeping & flexibility to see the task through

The Company:
•    Rapidly growing 
•    Offering competitive salaries and a benefits package 
•    Bold and innovative in their sector 
•    Continually challenging traditional perceptions by bringing innovation into every aspect of the business 
•    Award winning company, recognised for culinary innovation and creativity

The working hours are 40 hours per week, Monday to Friday, 8.30am – 5pm; there may be some flexibility for hybrid working dependent on the candidate and business requirements. The salary for the role is circa £27k per annum.

If you are interested, please respond AS SOON AS POSSIBLE quoting reference number JJ-P4650 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 enquiries@jarvisjohnson.co.uk 

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


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

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