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NPD Manager (FTC)

Blue Spark
Closing date
7 Jun 2024

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The Company

This business operates in a very innovative food space where being on trend / anticipating new trends across all aspects of the food world, and being able to translate these into products that millions will love, is something they are amazing at. With accolades galore, they need an equally talented NPD Manager to help support them on a 12-month contract.

Please note this is a 12-month FTC to cover maternity leave.


The Role

This is a customer focused role where you will be responsible for the project management of all customer development activity. With the support of a small team, you will be managing the NPD process in line with critical paths, technical and commercial parameters, and leading feasibility meetings to ensure the smooth launch of products.

You will build and maintain strong relationships with both stakeholders and customers, providing accurate and consistent communication whilst identifying and resolving issues to deliver a top tier NPD agenda. 

Proactive and resourceful in your approach, you will use your product knowledge and customer insights as well as knowledge of market trends to ensure that the NPD for your category meets customer expectations and makes an impact in the marketplace.


The Person

We are looking for an NPD Manager who has a proven record of driving innovation within a chilled food category, supported by a strong understanding of food or consumer science and manufacturing processes. Experience of managing a team and retail customers within a food manufacturing environment is essential for this role.

You will have previous success in bringing exceptional products to market where you have worked in collaboration with internal and external stakeholders to deliver projects to fruition.

Your knowledge and passion for food will mean you will naturally inspire confidence in your colleagues and customers. Building relationships at every level will be a breeze and you’ll shine as the dedicated contact for your client who trust you to keep the category invigorated, always ahead of the competition. People management skills are also essential as your will be leading and encouraging a small team to reach their maximum potential, whilst mentoring and supporting their development.

This role would be perfect for an NPD Manager looking to step into a high-profile role within a pacey and innovative food category. Apply today or give our consultants a call to discuss in further detail on 0345 2600 737.


Ref: F6734


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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