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NPD Manager (FTC)

Blue Spark
London (Greater)
Closing date
16 Jul 2024

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The Company

An exciting new position has arisen for a talented NPD Manager with this pioneering food manufacturer who produce innovative ranges for major retailers and brands. They lead the way within their key categories and are now looking for an ambitious development professional to join their customer focused team.

This is a 12 month contract starting ASAP. The role is site based with travel to customers.


The Role

This is the perfect opportunity for an ambitious Senior NPD Technologist looking for career progression, or an NPD Manager searching for an exciting new category with team and customer management responsibilities. You will work closely with NPD Chefs and have a small team of Concept Technologists directly reporting to you, supporting with products specific to your own dedicated customer accounts.

As well as being in line with current and emerging food trends, your products will need to meet customer, consumer and category objectives along with margin aspirations. You will take control managing the NPD critical path for your customers, being their key point of contact and working closely with them to ensure your innovation pipeline will help drive category growth.

Attuned to market trends, competitor activity and exciting new raw materials, you will spot opportunities to drive continuous improvement within your category. You will also work closely with the Head of NPD to support the shaping of medium and long term development plans.


The Person

We’re looking for a proactive and enthusiastic Senior NPD Technologist or NPD Manager who is ready to take the next step up in their career and move into a customer focused role with line management responsibility. You will have experience of driving innovation projects, supported by a solid understanding of food science and manufacturing processes.

Comfortable working in a customer facing role, you are passionate about food and have a demonstrable knowledge of cuisines and ingredients with a willingness to learn and expand upon your repertoire.

You will have previous success in delivering results in either a retail or food manufacturing environment, where you have developed your customer management skills as well as an articulate, engaging presentation style. Finally, you will need to be commercially astute and have superb project management skills with the ability to drive and influence to achieve success.

So, if you’d like to join a growing and supportive business then send through your application now, or give us a call on 0345 2600 737 for a confidential chat!


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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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