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Head of Product Development

Blue Spark
Closing date
21 Jun 2024

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Contract Type
Development, Technical
Business Sector
Food Manufacturing

Job Details

The Company

Are you a passionate and driven leader with huge success in the chilled food arena? Are you craving a new challenge so that your aspirations of driving change in the marketplace can be realised? This is a rare and career defining chance to take on a senior development position with a recognised and respected food business known for their award-winning products.


The Role

This is a senior level role where you will be developing and implementing the innovations strategy for products across a number of categories, to retain the company’s position as the market leader within this fast-moving sector.

You will challenge the status quo through product, packaging and technical innovation, highlighting new capabilities and shaping the future of the business. You’ll be able to apply your knowledge of consumer trends and use an insight-led approach to land new opportunities that are on brand as well as competitive.

You will have responsibility for ideation as well as the management of the new product launch process; driving profitable new products from concept through to launch. You’ll be optimising food standards and values, instilling a foodie culture and demonstrating creative flair that will delight discerning consumers.

You’ll have budgetary responsibility for the development function as well as managing a large Development Team across a number of sites. You will support and shape your team, inspiring them to deliver innovation and excellence with pride and passion.


The Person

We are looking for a highly accomplished and commercially focused Senior Innovations professional with extensive experience gained from a fast-paced food manufacturing, food retailer or branded environment. With the ability to galvanise and inspire colleagues, customers and suppliers, you will have previously operated at a strategic level to bring exciting products to market and have developed the credibility to influence at all levels.

Experience of working in partnership with the major multiples and understanding how to deliver true innovation to consumers is vital. As a confident and dependable leader, you will have previously driven and set the Innovations agenda for multiple categories and have a boundless passion for food with a real drive to deliver.

A people-person through and through, your highly developed team management experience will be proven and extensive alongside a history of aligning and motivating NPD teams to perform and deliver to the absolute best of their abilities.

You may be working in a similar role already, or be a highly ambitious Senior NPD or R&D Manager aspiring to join a company that can fully recognise your potential.

If you are ready to make your mark with this progressive and ambitious food business, then apply today or call 0345 2600 737 to find out more.


Ref: F6746


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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