Product Development Manager, Food Manufacturing, Notts

£40000 - £50000 per annum
29 Sep 2016
27 Oct 2016
Frank Lomas
Contract Type
Full Time

A skilled and experienced New Product Development professional is wanted for a growing food business based in the East Midlands.

This business is a leading influencer within Manufacturing, Retail and Foodservice. Its product development programme is industry leading and as such the businesses our client partner with regularly seek consultancy and Blue Sky concepts. This business now, due to this continued success have a Development Manager role available.

As Development Manager you are integral to the profitable growth of these customer relationships. With the latest food trends and product development at your core, you will also have a commercial approach to the product briefs, whilst matching your customer's aspirations. You will work with your development team to present ideas in this high-risk, high-care product category that reaches millions within QSRs, Casual Dining, Pub Groups, Food Manufacturers and Retailer businesses each week.

The scope is truly vast and the breadth of the work is perfect for any candidate wishing to do more than the specific category they currently work in. In ensuring products exceed customer expectations across multiple food sectors, and that they are launched on time, achieving the desire margins you must…

* Be passionate about the current food world, on numerous levels across a variety of cuisines
* Have experience of Product Development successes, launching new and improved products for a reputable food retail or manufacturing business
* Have strong interpersonal skills
* Be comfortable presenting to customers, communicating at all levels… from Kitchen Assistants to Company Directors
* Have strong numeracy skills in managing prices and margins

You will likely be a trained Development Chef able to take the next step up, or you will come from a Technologist background already working as a Product Development Manager. Being "hands-on" with the food development processes is essential in this role, as there are no direct reports. You sit on the Senior Management Team, and all stakeholders work together towards a common goal.

Broad culinary knowledge is required in this position as you manage the innovation and Blue Sky concepts with customers across a range of Foodservice, Retail or Manufacturing.

This is a fantastic opportunity to join a welcoming team, working for one of the UK's best chilled prepared food suppliers.

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