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Food and Drink Development Manager

Blue Spark
Closing date
19 Apr 2024

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Food Manufacturing

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The Company

This recognised and fast moving food & drinks business are growing in the UK and abroad.  To support their ambitious plans, they are looking for a super foodie, creative and hands on Development Manager who can continue to delight their loyal consumers as well as meet the business ambitions.

Please note there will be occasional travel around the UK, and potentially abroad, therefore a full driving licence is required.


The Role

With the help of a small team you’ll be instrumental in delivering the current innovation roadmap and be responsible for the future direction of the food agenda.

You will use your NPD expertise to identify and translate food trends into new product ranges, creating new taste sensations that bring a mix of inspired flavours and authenticity across all ranges.   

You’ll have full ownership of the NPD / EPD critical path and deliver market leading products that have clear commercial and category objectives.

In addition, you’ll be the key contact with partners, suppliers and third parties, acting as the brand ambassador to ensure every aspect of the product offering matches brand values, down to the last crumb. 


The Person

We are looking for a hands on and commercially savvy NPD professional with a proven track record of delivering NPD strategy from concept to launch across a wide range of food categories. You will have an exceptional understanding of food and consumer trends, be brimming with ideas and have the know how to translate this into standout products for the brand. 

This not a hybrid or a desk-bound role so you must be happy to roll your sleeves up and flourish in a creative position.  You don’t need to be a culinary whizz, but you must be able to hold your own in an innovation’s kitchen. 

You must have experience of managing all aspects of developing and launching new products, be able to handle complex multiple projects as well as have a sound understanding of category management.

Your communication and presentation skills will be second to none and of course you will need stand out organisational and influencing abilities. Last but not least, you must love mentoring and developing a small team to ensure that they reach their full potential.

If you have experience of bringing boundary-pushing products to the market, as well as  driven businesses or a brand forward, then this could be the position you’ve been waiting for! Apply now or call Dhrutee on 0345 2600 737 or 07700 137 110 to find out more.


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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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