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NPD Manager

Blue Spark
Saudi Arabia (SA)
Closing date
5 Apr 2024

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The Company

This established food business is building a brand-new ‘one of kind’ site in Riyadh, KSA, to bring exciting chilled ready to eat products to the market. They are seeking a dedicated NPD Manager to be part of the Innovation team to help strategically build their food offering - creating and launching innovative products across multiple product categories.


The Role

Reporting to the Head of Food, you will be a key player in shaping the future of products in this broad and unique role. You will pivot between getting hands on in developing inspirational recipes and new product ranges, to managing the NPD process to ensure projects match commercial and profitable business strategies whilst embodying brand goals.

You'll work on multiple projects which will involve blue sky development, keeping up to date with new food and market trends in order to push boundaries and satisfy a plethora of diverse customer tastes. As well as this you will champion quality, challenge feasibility and factory capabilities, and ensure product consistency to develop the innovation pipeline.

You will help build and shape a team of industry leading professionals, working cross-functionally to drive forward inspirational ideas and guarantee categories make the impact needed in the marketplace.


The Person

This role would suit a confident, creative and customer centric NPD professional with a true passion for innovation and food values. You will need to be a visionary who has a full understanding of the complexity of chilled food development for the UK retail market.

Your experience will have covered complex ready to eat and ready to cook products, with a thorough understanding of the concept to launch process and UK retailer products. This will need to be within food manufacturing.

You’ll be happy in a hands-on creative role as you’ll have fine-tuned your culinary skills as an Innovation Manager or Innovation Chef who is super foodie and naturally inspiring. You will be highly adept at understanding global cuisine, flavours, ingredients, trends and can adapt UK products to suit a new culture and consumer base.

You'll need to be highly focused and driven, methodical in your approach, with the commercial acumen needed to ensure the success of each category. Solid project management, organisational and influencing skills are required as you will be working cross-functionally to achieve ambitious company goals within a new market.

For this role we can only consider candidates who have worked in a chilled food manufacturing environment such as ready meals or food to go sectors and thrive in a fast-paced environment.  

This is a very rare role so if you’re interested in finding out more, apply now or call Dhrutee on 0345 2600 737 for a confidential chat.


Ref: F6687


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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