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NPD Controller

Blue Spark
South Lanarkshire
Closing date
12 Jun 2024

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Contract Type
Development, Other Job Function, Production
Business Sector
Food Manufacturing

Job Details

The Company

This is an excellent opportunity to develop your NPD career with a prominent food business who produce a vast range of innovative products for the UK retailers and Out of Home channel. They are currently seeking a confident and ambitious Development Controller to create, manage, and deliver a strong innovation strategy whilst driving for continuous improvement across the business.


The Role

Reporting to the Head of Development you will be managing the NPD team and creating outstanding additions for new and existing ranges. You will develop, communicate and deliver the NPD pipeline from concept stage through to launch for not only branded, but own label products too.

You will be responsible for developing an innovation strategy that aligns with category and consumer needs, continually keeping ahead of competitors.

Persuasively presenting to and influencing your customers and colleagues, you will demonstrate a thorough understanding of their requirements through solutions which also meet business objectives and product margins. You will support and shape your team, motivating them to deliver innovation and excellence with pride whilst offering opportunities for personal development. You’ll be drumming up enthusiasm for new ingredients and trends, promoting a foodie culture to capitalise on genuine passion and curiosity to enhance NPD. 


The Candidate

We are looking for an accomplished and commercially astute Senior NPD professional, educated to degree level, with extensive experience and knowledge of the NPD process gained from a branded or own label food manufacturing environment. To be successful in this role you’ll need to have experience of working with the UK major retailers and a proven track record of delivering NPD strategies.

Amazing leadership and people management skills are essential with proven ability to coach and mentor teams. You will also be confident and personable in order to build strong relationships with customers. Solid project management, organisational and influencing skills are required as you will be working cross-functionally to achieve ambitious company goals within a very competitive market. 

Crucially, you will have a genuine passion and interest in food with an infectious enthusiasm for delivering dynamic and innovative products.

If you are looking for the chance to make a career defining step into a senior role, then apply now or call 0345 2600 737 to find out more. 


Ref: F6735


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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