Greencore Group

Senior Product Development Manager

Northamptonshire, Northampton
17 Oct 2016
14 Nov 2016
Greencore Group
Contract Type
Full Time

The Role

This is a fabulous opportunity to join a growing innovation team within an industry leading food manufacturing business.

As Senior Product Development Manager, you will drive progression along the critical path within Product Development and work as the internal stakeholder to drive customer agenda on site and effectively deliver future business planning.

A little about Greencore

Greencore Group is a leading international manufacturer of convenience foods. Our ambition doesn't stop at being the world's largest sandwich producer, we're looking for passionate, talented people who can help us to drive our future success. People who innovate, create, lead and inspire. We set the bar high, and expect that our people do too.

Greencore Food to Go Northampton is undergoing unprecedented growth with over £30 Million invested in our site. The end result is that we have recently opened our 4th unit and are in the process of building our 5th, which is due to open in early 2017. Greencore always look to put people at the core, and at Northampton our Learning and Development team have delivered well over 30,000 hours of training in the past year alone. We offer a clear and well defined career path and will actively look at how we can enable our colleagues to push themselves forward.

What you'll be doing

You will manage the creative process within the product development category, whilst coaching and developing the team to maximise their creative potential, supporting your team to ensure they are focused, engaged and striving to the highest of standards at all times. As Senior Product Development Manager, you will need to ensure that you have sufficient resources in place at all times to enable you, and your team, to achieve against plan.

Working alongside the Marketing and Commercial teams, you will identify and suggest food trends to influence concept direction, aligned to the category vision. You'll also be looking to identify new and existing opportunities within the category.

A key focus of the role will be around building strong relationships, both internally and externally, to manage the customer's Product Development relationship. You'll act as the customer's voice on site to ensure that any issues are identified and resolved swiftly.

What you'll need

Of graduate calibre, within a food or related discipline, you'll have worked in a similar role and have a strong understanding of the principles and tools of product development and strategic management.

You'll have experience of leading and developing a team alongside the ability to influence through effective relationships with multiple stakeholders. Comfortable managing a budget and with strong customer focus in your mind at all times, you will be able to easily build sustained relationships. Alongside strong commercial acumen, you'll have strong project management experience and be at ease preparing and delivering presentations.

Within the role of Senior Product Development Manager, a good knowledge of food is a must, with previous experience within a food manufacturing environment.

Not only will you be working for one of the country's leading food manufacturers you'll also get to work for a company that really does put people at the core.