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NPD Manager

Blue Spark
Closing date
10 Aug 2024

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The Company

This is a great opportunity to join a chilled food manufacturer producing pioneering ranges for the major retailers. They are now seeking a driven NPD Manager to lead the development team and help them retain their reputation for high quality products.


The Role

This customer focused role will see you as the driving force from concept to launch. Working from set briefs you’ll ensure that new ranges are in line with customer requirements. Overseeing the NPD process, you will manage concept development in line with customer schedules and critical paths, co-ordinating factory trials to guarantee technical and commercial parameters are satisfied. As well as monitoring the progression of new ideas, you will also be refreshing the existing portfolio to make sure the company continues to outstrip the competition.

Proactive and resourceful in your approach, you will guide your team in identifying the latest food and consumer trends, communicating findings as appropriate to introduce an exciting offering into the marketplace. Finally, you’ll conduct presentations to impress prestigious customers with your knowledge and awareness of cutting-edge innovation, helping this rapidly expanding business achieve its ambitious commercial goals within the market.


The Person

We are looking for an NPD Manager who has a proven record of driving innovation within a chilled category, supported by a strong understanding of manufacturing processes. You will have previous success in delivering results from concept to launch. People management skills are also essential as your will be leading and encouraging a team to reach their maximum potential.

You will be comfortable working in a customer facing role, and draw upon your previous experience of managing key retail accounts. You will couple this with strong presentation skills, in order to build rapport with key stakeholders, all whilst communicating key information with passion and ease.  

You’ll also have a penchant for spotting up and coming market trends with the ability to apply your research and translate your findings into workable products. This role would be perfect for a current NPD manager or a highly capable senior technologist, who has managed a team and is looking to up their game and face a challenge in the next stage of their career.

If you’re looking for your next innovations challenge then apply today or give our consultants a call to discuss in further detail on 0345 2600 737.


Ref: F6761


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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