NPD Manager

£45000 per annum, Benefits: + benefits
17 Oct 2016
14 Nov 2016
Helen Darnell
Contract Type
Full Time
A blue chip FMCG manufacturer is currently seeking an NPD Manager to support the NPD team in a fast paced environment through idea generation and development of new and existing ranges. Travel to a second site will be required 1-2 times a week.

The successful NPD Manager will be able to demonstrate delivery of customer focussed NPD management. You will be a self motivated, passionate, innovative individual with a ‘can do` attitude and a drive to challenge and improve processes and product quality.

NPD Manager Responsibilities:
- Innovate new products from concept through to launch.
- Maintain a catalogue of new products for customers.
- Develop new products, recording all information required to produce an accurate costing.
- Managing all recipes and maintaining product folders to include all required information from product concept to launch.
- Ensure product development folders are ‘audit ready` at all times.
- Be instrumental in driving good cross-functional communication of all development projects.
- Working to a critical path, plan, organise and control resources to deliver innovation and projects to an agreed quality and timescale.
- Plan and support trials and attend first production runs.
- Generate and maintain product specifications to feed into the Technical Department, for new and existing products.
- Build and develop relationships with external contacts that will support the product development and innovation process.
- Brief and organise presentations to support the innovation and wider business strategies.
- Maintain awareness of comparative products from all retailers and competitors. Conduct regular store visits, trade shows and inspiration trips to continuously broaden market knowledge.
- Identify and deliver cost saving initiatives within innovation and product development.
- Pro-actively identify options to improve the nutritional portfolio of the product portfolio. Manage a rolling plan of nutritional initiatives.
- Build and maintain a full working knowledge of all customer brand standards and launch procedures.
- Understand and apply all relevant customer, legal standards to all stages of the development process.

You will be an NPD Manager used to working in a fast paced Drinks / Brewery / Dairy manufacturing environment, have a proven track record of working closely with internal / external stakeholders and experience of using retailer specification systems (Hamilton Grant desirable) and Quality Management systems.

Application via CV

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