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NPD Process Manager

Blue Spark
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14 Mar 2024

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The Company

This international food business partner with leading retailers, brands, and the food service sector to provide a range of impressive products across multiple categories. Passionate about quality, sustainability, and great taste, they are now seeking an experienced NPD Process Manager to help them reach new heights and delight customers and consumers alike.

Please note a full driving licence is essential for travel between sites. 


The Role

In this fast-paced and hands-on role you’ll be pivotal in helping to launch new and existing products into retail customers with your team. You’ll work closely with the Head of Innovation and Product Development Manager to build a cohesive and effective NPD function that operates across the entire business. You will lead trials, overcome hurdles and liaise cross-functionally to ensure new and existing concepts achieve their potential.

This is a customer facing role where building and nurturing relationships with high profile customers is integral to your success. You’ll work collaboratively with commercial and technical teams to ensure customer objectives are met, timescales are adhered to and that overall products meet the highest standards. This will involve regular meetings and presentations with customers.

In addition, you’ll be managing and developing a team of Process and Packaging Technologists empowering them to reach their full potential.


The Person

We are looking for a confident Process Manager who has experience of working in a similar fast paced food manufacturing environment. You’ll have experience of managing a small team and have the ability to encourage growth and development in those around you.

You’ll have a strong understanding of the NPD process and have a proven track record of managing approved concepts through to launch. You will have a solid understanding of the different requirements of the major retailers and be prepared to get hands-on, leading factory trials. Experience in short shelf life products is a must.

If you are driven, enthusiastic, and ready for your next challenge then we’d love to hear from you! Apply now or contact us on 0345 2600 737 to find out more.


Ref: F6685


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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