Product Development Manager
Product Development Manager - 40 hour week
To 50K + Car or Allowance, Healthcare, Pension, Mobile and Laptop
Overall Purpose/Objectives of Role:
To build effective external and internal business relationships, and develop new products for the Company that ensure that they will be first choice for frozen and convenience food products in all sectors. The role requires the development of product ranges within all sectors whilst also monitoring the quality of the existing product range to ensure that products continue to benchmark ahead against the competition. There is the expectation this role will work with commercial colleagues when needed to drive the growth across all sectors
·Manage the relationship with customers New Product Development teams.
·Define and manage the NPD process, including attendance at all factory trials and first productions.
·Manage critical path from concept through to launch on all NPD and EPD projects.
·Manage validation and verification work on all new lines
·Work with the other factories across Europe to fully utilize our production capabilities to deliver product innovation in the UK.
·Regularly review the market place and trade press including Social Media to increase awareness of current and upcoming food trends and products to develop leading edge convenience and meat free propositions for customers.
·Utilise all available market data including Kantar and Dunnhumby to further justify why customers should launch the new products that have been developed
·Conduct regular internal benchmarking sessions of current product and keep records of these meetings to allow the monitoring of any trends.
·Attend all customer Specification check meetings and keep full records of feedback and then brief production and technical personnel to ensure continuous improvement.
·Attend all customer NPD submissions
·Represent Development Process at external customer audits
·Work closely with Technical Teams to ensure the requirements of customer finished product specifications are met.
To support the commercial and technical teams to deliver the following outputs:
·Regular contact with all customers to ensure the company is viewed as the market leader in innovation.
·Regularly develop new products that both meet and exceed customers' expectations.
·Produce presentations on market and food trends.
·Production of benchmarking results from internal and external sessions and drive any changes required following these results.
·Production of any samples required by customers.
·Preparing and Cooking of all products required at any customer presentations.
·Completion of all Product Submission forms
·Relevant Product Development experience within all sectors (Retail, Foodservice and Quick Service Restaurants)
·Experience of Process development and understanding of how to upscale kitchen samples to factory productions
·Experience in product costings and an understanding of how to achieve desired products at the correct price
·Experience of using the full MS Office suite.
·Working to deadlines, workload planning and multi-tasking
To apply for this position please send your c.v via email to ETR Solutions or call 01604 858046 for further details and ask for either Suzanne Burton or Clare Moore.