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NPD Manager

Blue Spark
London (West), London (Greater)
Closing date
28 Nov 2023

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Contract Type
Development, General Management
Business Sector
Food Manufacturing

Job Details

The Company

This is a fantastic opportunity join an exciting and rapidly evolving branded business in a newly created role. Driven by a culture of innovation, ambition and entrepreneurship, our client works to rejuvenate consumers lives with the power of natural ingredients. This highly supportive company believe in taking a step back from the chaos of everyday life by rewriting the way we treat our bodies. They are now looking for an NPD Manager who has a real passion for product innovation to join the team. 

This is based at the brands London office 3 to 4 days per week and there will be some travel within the UK and overseas.  


The Role

You’ll be reporting to the Head of Product, working with them build insights to create the NPD pipeline for long and short-term projects. As well as range extensions and new flavour profiles, this role would be exploring new categories and packaging concepts. You’ll need to be up on your consumer, ingredient and technology trends to ensure you are ahead of the curve. A real foodie at heart, you will effortlessly seek out hot new trends, source amazing new ingredients, play with flavour combinations, benchmark competitor products and translate trends into fabulous concepts.

There will be hands on development work as well as taking responsibility for the end-to-end management of the Product Development lifecycle, ensuring the successful delivery of the innovation pipeline from concept to launch. This will mean building and owning the NPD critical paths with manufacturing partners in the UK and overseas. 

You’ll work closely with the Product Technologist to ensure scale-up trials, pre-productions and launches are on schedule with the right documentation to pass onto internal teams. You’ll also seek out collaborative relationships with ingredient and packaging suppliers, understanding how they can help drive the performance of new and existing products.


The Candidate

We are looking for an ambitious, tenacious and highly collaborative Product Developer with a food science/technology degree who has experience of working for a food/drink brand, manufacturing business or retailer. You will have a passion for healthy foods, with an exceptional palette and understanding of flavour profiles to allow you push the boundaries for this high-flying brand. Your NPD knowledge will enable you to seamlessly transition between working in the development kitchen and launching products in the factory. 

Along with a proven track record of delivering NPD pipelines from concept to launch, you will also have a good knowledge of the quality and compliance side of things, bringing breadth of experience to this role. Working with co-manufacturers and understanding the importance of working in partnership would be great experience to have. Commercial awareness and project management skills are a must have for this role.

You will need to be confident, engaging and resourceful with a proactive approach, being able to find solutions and opportunities in a pacey start-up environment, with the ability to make things happen.


In Return

· Flexible working 

· Paid membership to relevant professional bodies to support development

· A day off for your birthday

· Product discount & Friends/Family codes

· 1 Community day (To undertake charitable volunteering of choice)

If you’ve been keeping an eye out for an amazing brand where you can develop your career and make a real impact then this could be the one! Apply now or call us on 0345 2600 737 for a confidential chat. 


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Due to the large number of applications our opportunities attract, it sometimes takes us time to thoroughly review and consider them all. We endeavour to respond to every application within 5 working days, however if you have not heard from us within this timeframe, we are sorry to say your application for the role has not been successful. To support you in showcasing your best self, we make sure that any necessary accommodations, whether physical or non-physical, are provided to assist you throughout the job application and interview process. 

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.

Company info
0345 2600 737
34 - 36 The Broadway
Haywards Heath
West Sussex
RH16 3AL

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