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Product Developer (FTC)

Blue Spark
Closing date
19 Jun 2024

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Contract Type
Development, Production
Business Sector
Food Manufacturing

Job Details

The Company

This is a great opportunity to join a wonderful branded company producing inspirational food products for discerning consumers. As part of a larger multinational food group they are passionate about good quality products with high nutritional value, and they are looking for a switched on Product Developer to support their team in providing a world class service for their customers.

Please note this is a 12-month contract with hybrid working available.


The Role

This multi-faceted role will give you the chance to whet your creative appetite for innovation, whilst flexing your project management muscles, bringing about improvement and excellence with food products. As a talented Product Developer you will work with internal teams to ensure your new products correspond with the commercial, technical and functional aspects of the brief at all stages of the critical path; you’ll use your natural creativity, initiative and amazing organisational skills to manage developmental design for innovative and on-trend products that match customer demands but are also a commercial success.

You will be able to investigate the feasibility of your food ideas and create the food briefs working closely with the marketing team making sure standards are met and are in line with food regulations. You will liaise, and at times visit key European suppliers to manage quality performance, attend trials and ensure key milestones are met. You will also test and evaluate raw materials with suppliers, ensure shelf life and scale up trials are conducted and endeavour to achieve continuous improvement of products and processes.

Some of the products in your category will be heavily influenced by their nutritional qualities, so a real interest in nutrition, health and well-being is key.


The Person

We are looking for highly ambitious individuals who are natural communicators, able to confidently and comfortably liaise at all levels to implement strategy whilst leading and promoting creativity. You must be able to work as part of a project team, be able to succinctly articulate your ideas and influence those around you. Exemplary presentation skills and up to date knowledge on consumer trends is essential.

Ideally you will have a degree in Food Nutrition or related subject. You will have previous experience within a high-risk, fast paced FMCG food environment where you have worked with suppliers and gained invaluable knowledge and understanding of manufacturing processes. You will also be inventive and proactive in your approach to development with proven commercial awareness as well as consumer and quality focus. Experience of working for a leading brand would be great but not essential.

So, if you are a talented NPD Technologist looking for that rare opportunity to join a market leading company that can really support and develop your career then look no further and apply now.

If you think you’ve got the NPD skills to really shine in this role then apply now or call us on 0345 2600 737 to find out more!


Ref: F6732


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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