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Head of Product Development

Blue Spark
London (North), London (Greater)
Closing date
14 Dec 2023

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Contract Type
Development, Production, General Management
Business Sector
Food Manufacturing

Job Details

The Company

This is an amazing opportunity to join an entrepreneurial global business who pride themselves on bringing customers innovative, healthy and plant-based products that also offer a lighter environmental impact. This trailblazing brand are looking for a passionate and influential Head of Product Development to come and join their team and take their products to the next level.


The Role

This is an all-encompassing role where you will be managing the whole product lifecycle, ensuring a strong product strategy and roadmap for both EPD and NPD across the business. Reporting to the Head of Operations for EMEA, you will be part of the UK team but work in a global capacity as the product expert, gathering ideas, developing products and bringing them to life in order to stay at the forefront of the industry.

You will have responsibility for ideation and benchtop development, as well as the management of the new product launch process with manufacturing partners to drive on-trend, profitable new products from concept through to launch.

You’ll also ensure that the existing products are the best they can be, optimising where needed and implementing a culture of continuous improvement. You’ll be a natural at keeping up to speed with new trends across the world and how they can be incorporated into products, demonstrating creative flair that will delight discerning consumers.

Your confidence and strong relationship building skills will allow you to create lasting relationships with suppliers, helping to source new and innovative ingredients and refine manufacturing processes. You will shape and lead the NPD/EPD projects, directing the internal / external teams involved, motivating and inspiring them to deliver innovation and excellence with pride.  


The Person

We are looking for a highly accomplished and tenacious Head of Product Development, ideally with a food science qualification as well as extensive experience gained from a food manufacturing or food/drink brand environment. If you’ve had experience of international markets that would be amazing but not essential.

With the ability to galvanise and enthuse colleagues, customers and suppliers, you will have previously operated at a strategic level to bring exciting products to market and have developed the credibility to influence at all levels.

Experience of working in partnership with co-manufacturers and understanding how to deliver true innovation to consumers is vital. You will relish taking ownership of products, from the initial hands-on creation through to successful launch into multiple markets.  

With fantastic attention to detail and a true self-starter, you aren’t phased by constant change and challenges – you have a drive to deliver and can adapt and implement solutions swiftly. A natural collaborator and communicator, you will have a history of inspiring others and bringing them together. 


In Return

Some great perks that include:

·        Flexible working to meet the needs of the role

·        1 day paid leave to volunteer to a cause of your choice

·        30% discount on products

·        Unlimited one to one personal / career coaching sessions

If you are ready to make your mark with this progressive and ambitious brand, then apply today or call Dhrutee on 0345 2600 737 or 07700 137 110 to find out more.


Ref: F6680


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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