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Development Chef

The People Co. / Develop Jobs
£35,000 - £45,000
Closing date
8 Dec 2023

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Contract Type
Business Sector
Food Manufacturing

Job Details

The Company.

Renowned for its expertise in a highly desirable product area, this well-established and fast-growing premium manufacturer of delicious sweet products for leading UK retailer and food service markets, operates from a state-of-the-art BRC grade A site. 

The Role.

You will be involved in culinary blue-sky creation of new and improved recipes. This will also involve refinement of ingredients and processes in the manufacture of existing products and providing culinary advice to the factory.

Personal Profile.

  • Formal food and/or culinary qualification.
  • Experience of working as a development chef within a food manufacturing environment or equivalent experience working as chef.
  • Good knowledge of food/restaurant trends.
  • A passionate foodie with a talent for creativity and food innovation.
  • Experienced working with patisserie or dessert products.
  • Project management skills to deliver within resource constraints.

Key Accountabilities.

  • Create new and improved recipes as requested by marketing and customers, taking into account such parameters as cost, nutritional requirements, ease of production, required process modifications.
  • This includes innovation and range extension.
  • Identify and manage ingredient/product initiatives, liaising with Suppliers, Purchasing and Production to deliver.
  • Manage production trials and provide advisory support to production on launch to maintain customer integrity.
  • Attend and contribute to customer presentations to enhance business relationships alongside buying, sales and technical personnel.
  • Supervise the work and support the development of NPD Assistants.


To apply or for more information, please e-mail in strict confidence, with an updated CV, including salary details, quoting the above reference and for the attention of James Constable or call 020 8203 1000.

Due to a high volume of responses, we cannot reply to each application individually. If you have not had a response within one week, we are sorry to say your application has not been successful on this occasion.



Development is critical to any business in the fast-paced world of food and consumer goods. Whether it’s new or existing product development, evolving processes or packaging, achieving the right blend of experience and fresh ideas is key. Our Develop division focuses on innovative roles which manage how a product tastes, looks, smells or functions - and how recipes are scaled up and products safely packaged. From packaging technologists to process managers and product development directors, our People can help.

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