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NPD Assistant

b3 jobs
Suffolk / Norfolk border
c. £28,000 pro rata
Closing date
30 Jun 2024

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

Job Details

NPD Assistant

c. £28,000 pro rata
Norfolk / Suffolk Border
Food Manufacturing
Job ref: 8689

The company

This role is working for an award-winning, prepared food manufacturer that creates delicious and innovative products that are supplied to and sold in all the major UK retailers and high-quality independent retail outlets.

About the NPD Assistant job

The purpose of your role will be the day-to-day management of New Product Development Kitchens ensuring they are to the required hygiene standard, tidy and organised. 

Key tasks

  • Preparation of product concept samples for customer presentations, repeat samples for customer reviews and required samples for PR and photography requests. 
  • Intake and management of all new ingredients arriving for the new product development and liaising with ingredients suppliers.
  • Help with the updating of internal paperwork, updating recipes, cooking trials etc.
  • Assist in the development of new product cooking instructions, then cooking validations.
  • Liaising with Factory Production, Distribution and Technical regarding raw material requirements, incoming and outgoing samples.
  • Assistance with the organization of factory trials, (scale up from kitchen concept).
  • Shopping for market reviews, customer presentations and visitor lunches.

About You

  • Experience of working within a professional kitchen or catering environment.
  • Good written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work in a fast paced ever changing environment with a large range of projects.
  • Self-motivated, enthusiastic, and quick to learn.
  • A confident cook with a passion for food… everything food!
  • Happy to learn, not afraid to give it a go.

More details

The NPD Assistant job is based on the Norfolk / Suffolk border and is paying c. £28,000 pro rata according to your experience – the working hours a total of 30 per week, Monday to Friday between 7.00am and 6.00pm, and are very flexible according to your needs. A driver’s license is required.

The package includes:

28 days per annum inclusive of paid bank holidays. Free onsite parking. Subsidized canteen. Staff shop sales. Workplace pension (after initial qualifying period). Staff and family events. Monthly employee draws. Long service awards. Annual profit related bonus. Private counselling support services.

Alternate job titles

Graduate Development Technologist | Product Development Assistant | Junior NPD Technologist | Food Product Developer | Food NPD Jobs | Food Science Graduate Jobs | NPD Technologist



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Company info
01435 866000
Heffle Buildings
33a High Street
East Sussex
TN21 8HU

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