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Product Development Manager

Blue Spark
Closing date
13 Jun 2024

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Food Manufacturing

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The Company

This renowned global business are leaders in their field and strive for growth and excellence in all they produce. With an impressive and ever-expanding product portfolio, this company supply major retailers, food service and OOH customers alike. To ensure they keep the customer at the heart of all they do, they are now seeking a proactive and commercially savvy Product Development Manager to join the team.


The Role

Reporting into the Senior Channel Development Manager this role will see you cultivate strong and thriving retail customer relationships. You will build and lead the strategy for your accounts and be proactive in driving Category value for your customers. You will operate across multiple manufacturing sites and ensure projects are communicated effectively to the NPD, production, procurement and commercial teams in order to deliver best-in-class innovation.

You will collaborate cross-functionally to lead and drive all NPD from concept through to launch. You will also become an “expert” in the Retail channel and develop a strong understanding of its market dynamics in terms of size, areas of growth and sector opportunities.  You will collaborate with Category Managers and National Account Managers to find innovative solutions in order to maximise profitability, reaching overall sales targets and aligning budgets.

This role is very customer focused with regular communications to keep your key customers updated on any product and NPD/EPD projects.  You will manage all NPD visits to site which you will see as on opportunity to nurture your collaborative relationships and drive business growth, as well as successful partnerships.


The Person

This role would suit a customer focused NPD Manager with experience of working with major retailers who really understands all the facets of managing critical paths for new and existing products. 

Ideally you will be educated to a degree level in Food science or related subject and will have good experience of New Product Development as well as an understanding of the major retailer’s brand standards.

You will thrive in a customer centric role where you are at ease communicating with a wide variety of people and have the NPD knowledge and passion to influence change.  You will be motivated by finding innovative solutions in order to aid your customers and the wider business. Being quality focused, commercially astute and a natural at building relationships is a must for this role. Fluency in French would be desirable. 

If you are an NPD expert and want to find out more, please reach out to Kimia on 0345 2600 737 / 07700 137 110 or apply now.


Ref: F6743


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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