Fresh Talent Recruitment Ltd

New Product Development Manager

Colchester, Essex
14 Oct 2016
11 Nov 2016
Contract Type
Full Time

New Product Development Manager

Salary £45,000 / Location, Essex


We are working with a client who supplies dried fruits, culinary nuts and seeds to the food industry, as well as manufacturing their own innovative products. Established 160 years ago, they pride themselves on delivering the highest quality ingredients, to provide their customers with the most delicious and wholesome products available, on time and on budget. They are currently seeking a New Product Development Manager to motivate and lead their team. The successful applicant will be able to demonstrate a passion for the food industry as well as having a strong creative flair. The role will require an adaptable and flexible approach to deal with all customers from discount to high end retail. If you are a “blue sky thinker” this is a fabulous opportunity to make your mark.


  • To carry out product design and development to ensure that manufacturing processes are capable of producing a safe and legal product for the company and Multiple Marketing.
  • To provide technical support to customers in relation to food safety, legislation and product quality.
  • To identify cost saving opportunities through continued and technical understanding.


  • To project manage from conception to launch all NPD for the company and Multiple Marketing.
  • To project manage artwork and packaging development with the relevant design agencies and/or packaging printers.
  • To review the retail market place to ensure current knowledge of competitor innovation and NPD launches.
  • To carry out a HACCP based study in conjunction with the Technical Manager to ensure compliance with food safety, legality, allergen management, traceability and quality requirements.
  • To work closely with the commercial team to deliver NPD solutions for their respective customers.
  • To monitor and be aware of current food developments and trends.
  • To make recommendations to the company board with regards to capital investment requirements.
  • To attend relevant trade shows and conferences to ensure current up to date knowledge of developments with the industry.
  • To establish and maintain key technical links with all customers.
  • To establish and maintain key technical links with all suppliers and potential suppliers.
  • To maintain all relevant NPD documentation required to meet BRC certification.
  • To ensure that all activities of the NPD department are clearly communicated throughout the business.
  • Any other duties requested by a Director