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NPD Project Manager

Hutchinson Jonas
Hertfordshire (Hybrid Working)
£40-55k + Benefits
Closing date
20 Jul 2024

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Contract Type
Business Sector
Food Manufacturing

Job Details

Do you want to be a part of an exciting brand that is hugely successful and is continually growing?
Are you looking for an excellent opportunity to be creative, where you can use your own ideas along with those of the wider business and customers to create Products that consumers love?
Have you got strong NPD project management and communication skills, with the ability to manage critical paths?

Main Responsibilities:
Support the Head of NPD in the development of the NPD pipeline and strategy for the coming years by providing NPD expertise. 
Project manage and work closely with cross functional teams to deliver truly innovative NPD to tight deadlines and in line with the business strategy.
Draw on existing and build new supplier networks to source innovation in line with technical, nutritional, consumer needs and company margin aspirations. 
Identify and deliver EPD projects to ensure constant improvement of our core product range
Work closely with the technical team to ensure all new products comply with technical/nutritional/ethical standards, validate key claims and on pack messaging. 
Work closely with our manufacturing partners to ensure every product is produced to the highest standards, identifying and rolling out opportunities for improved practice

Key Skills Required:
You will ideally be educated to a degree level in food science, food technology or nutrition related discipline and possess previous product development experience & strong project management skills.
You will have a passion for product innovation, a creative flair, a good understanding of market trends plus possess excellent communication skills. 
4+ years’ experience in a similar NPD role ideally within a head office food retail, food service or food manufacturing environment
Ability to work closely with supplier partners and co-manufacturers. 
Proven track record of NPD success
Exceptional organisation and project management skills
Good understanding of packaging
Ability to influence and negotiate across all levels internally and externally

The role will require local and international travel to the supplier base and relevant trade shows but this will all be managed by you, so it can easily be planned ahead of time.


Hutchinson Jonas, specialises in the recruitment of FMCG industry professionals.  We cover both the Retail and Manufacturing market areas providing a comprehensive recruitment service to both job seekers and companies alike.


From inception, Hutchinson Jonas has focused upon the food & drink manufacturing sector and is now one of the leading recruiters in this area. We have successfully completed hundreds of assignments and placements and can draw upon over 15 years of recruitment experience at a senior level. Whatever recruitment problem your organisation has faced, we have almost certainly faced them before.

Our testimonials come from some of the leading, most influential people within food manufacturing. They speak volumes about our service and can be seen on our website: 

Any number of things set us apart from the rest, most notably ‘investment’. We invest heavily in staff development to ensure our people remain leaders in their fields. We also invest in database technology to ensure that we are aware of the availability of key people at any given time. And we invest in the community around us – our graduate food science award at Reading University, our charitable work with PROPS and the National Autistic Society, and our sponsorship of local sports teams are all examples of our commitment to social responsibility.

The Hutchinson Jonas Group is split into two distinct brands, offering two distinct services:

Interim Management
Hutchinson Consultancy Ltd specialises in providing the food & drink industry with interim managers for a variety of different assignments and projects. Our hand-picked professionals are experts in their field and provide support for a variety of different scenarios including gap management, sudden departures, specialist projects and managing change.

Permanent Recruitment
Since our inception in 1999, Jonas has built up a reputation for delivering quality, permanent recruitment solutions in a timely, efficient and ethical manner. We have developed partnerships with many key FMCG Manufacturers, Retailers and Food Service companies both large and small. Our Key Accounts team works together with our customers to offer them a truly service orientated recruitment approach, adding value at every stage of the process.


Company info
0208 650 7998
Business Services Bromley Ltd
Provident House
Burrell Row

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