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Head of NPD (FTC)

Blue Spark
London (West), London (Greater)
Closing date
6 Mar 2024

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Contract Type
Development, Other Job Function, Production
Business Sector
Food Manufacturing

Job Details

The Company

This is an amazing opportunity to join an innovative and award-winning food brand, highly regarded for their delicious, nutritious products. With an exciting product strategy in place they are now looking for an exceptional Head of Product who has creative flair combined with the technical know-how to deliver the NPD pipeline, extending the company's product portfolio. A combination of step-change innovation and hands-on day-to-day delivery.

Please note this is an 8–12 month maternity cover (Fixed term contact).


The Role

In this fast-paced and exciting role you’ll be reporting to the CEO and lead the Product function where you will ensure innovation, product quality and technical work in harmony to bring exceptional products to market.

Continuing to build on the roadmap of development opportunities for the brand, you will optimise the core product portfolio to ensure consumers enjoy high quality products that hit the mark. You will be responsible for driving the brand’s product strategy, leading the successful deliver of the overall strategy and the key NPD projects. To achieve this, you must work cross-functionally with Commercial and Marketing teams, analysing performance and consumer insights to ensure products are right first time.

You will develop influential relationships with current and future co-manufacturing partners, suppliers and key customers, championing the highest technical standards, upholding brand values and successfully launching new products.


The Person

We need an experienced, charismatic and influential leader who understands how to get the best from their team and deliver an ambitious product strategy. You’ll have a proven track record of how you have translated vision and strategy into a tangible result.

You will have well-rounded product development and technical experience ideally with a food science / technology degree and a solid career in food manufacturing, having worked with the major grocery multiples. If you’ve worked for a food brand before, within the chilled arena, that would be most advantageous.

We need someone who can develop collaborative relationships at every level, embracing new product areas whilst getting excited about technical innovation, quality and health. You’ll need a flexible approach where you can adapt quickly to new challenges and embrace the energy within a pacey business. So, if you’ve worked for an SME, start-up or challenger brand where you have thrived in an entrepreneurial environment, then this would suit you well.  

Could this be your dream job with a brand you can really get passionate about? Interested in finding out more? Apply now or call us on 0345 2600 737 for a confidential chat.


Ref: F6707


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
United Kingdom

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