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Product Developer

Blue Spark
Closing date
14 Dec 2023

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Contract Type
Development, Technical
Business Sector
Food Manufacturing

Job Details

The Company

An international food manufacturing business who work closely with the major retailers to provide a range of chilled and frozen products across multiple categories. Passionate about quality, sustainability and great taste, they are now seeking an experienced Product Developer Technologist to help them reach new heights and delight customers and consumers alike.


The Role

Reporting to the NPD Manager you will work closely with the Development Chef and Process teams with responsibility for developing creative products and solutions for both new and existing ranges in response to customer briefs.

This will involve managing projects through all the stages of the NPD process from concept to launch, encompassing creative development and commercial evaluation as well as being mindful of costings and technical requirements. You’ll also be keeping up with seasonal food trends and undertaking competitor analysis whilst benchmarking and updating all relevant documentation.  

An important aspect of the role will include liaising closely with suppliers and customers, working in partnership with them to ensure your products are developed and launched in line with their0 brand values. You’ll be key in modifying and creating new versions for every round of product submissions based on customer feedback and product refinements.

Liaising regularly with the Process Development team, you’ll support them in factory trials to ensure products match customer approved products. You will be able to take into account key trends and market insights to develop stunning products with the development chef team, ensuring that will stand out in your competitive category.


The Person

We are looking for a proactive, creative and organised Product Developer / NPD technologist, ideally with a Food Science degree, looking for a step up into a customer focused role.

You must have gained product development experience within a food manufacturing environment, understand the NPD process and have worked with retail customers. You’ll be happy to get hands on in the development kitchen to support the chefs with new concepts, but also manage NPD and EPD projects through to launch.

Curious and passionate about food you will inspire with your knowledge of ingredients and trends, with the ability to link your technical know-how with consumer insight. You will be analytical with strong problem-solving skills, always looking for new avenues to improve.


In Return

  • Retailer and gym discounts
  • Free on-site car parking
  • Subsidised canteen
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Share save scheme

So, if you are looking for your next challenge where you can enhance your NPD career within a supportive company then apply now or contact us on 0345 2600 737.


Ref: F6689


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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