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NPD Manager

Silven Recruitment Limited
Dunstable, Bedfordshire
Circa £35,000.00 + pension
Closing date
12 Jul 2024

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Contract Type
Development, Planning
Business Sector
Food Manufacturing

Job Details

NPD Manager


Reporting to: Head of NPD & Innovation
Location: Dunstable
Package: Circa £35,000.00 + pension
Job ref: AS/16387


Job Purpose:

To develop and launch new and/or upgraded product concepts, driving these concepts through the development process to launch on time and to cost, ensuring that Quality standards are upheld. Building relationships with key stakeholders within the customer base so as to be first in their thoughts for new briefs.


The Job:

You’ll be the NPD Manager, spearheading innovation and managing the development process from concept to launch. This role demands creativity, strategic thinking, and excellent project management skills.


Key Responsibilities:

  • New Product Development: Ensure the business stays at the forefront of innovation by keeping up with competitor launches and food trends. Develop new products in line with commercial and customer briefs, ensuring compliance with quality and operational standards.
  • Innovation & Market Awareness: Maintain up-to-date knowledge of the food retailing market, including trends and competitor activities, to develop cutting-edge products. Participate in innovation workshops and brainstorming sessions.
  • Customer Skills: Build strong relationships with customers through regular communication and professional presentations. Manage customer visits and ensure all NPD activities align with customer expectations.
  • Others: Coordinate NPD projects, maintain close relationships with sales and site teams, and participate in taste panels and development meetings. Conduct regular store visits and ensure compliance with customer brand standards and food regulations.  



  • Have 1-2 years of experience in food development.
  • Hold a degree in Food Science or a related field.
  • Possess excellent project and time management skills.
  • Have experience in customer interactions, including presentations.
  • Are driven, creative, and passionate about food.
  • Demonstrate strong interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Are a team player but can also work independently.
  • Have basic computer literacy in Excel, Word, and PowerPoint.
  • Exhibit a deep understanding of food and market trends.
  • Are confident and not afraid to challenge the status quo.  


Send your CV today! 


The Silven team is full of passionate, committed and personable people, who have built their careers recruiting into their specialist markets.

We’ve developed many long standing client and candidate relationships along the way; mainly because we delight in helping companies to realise their plans and in assisting candidates to advance their careers.

If you are a client or candidate seeking advice and a service based on experience and knowledge of your market, we’d love to hear from you. Contacting us could be the best thing you do today.

Company info
0845 0036872
Clarence House
4 Clarence Street
Greater Manchester
M2 4DW

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