Product Development Manager

Stamford, Peterborough.
To 50k plus benefits package.
21 Nov 2016
19 Dec 2016
Contract Type
Full Time

Product Development Manager based Stamford, near Peterborough. Chilled food categories within a rapidly expanding manufacturer with multiple UK sites.

Role Purpose 

To deliver Product Development (PD) in line with the critical path to the meet the customer plan 
 Key Accountabilities Performance Measures

To oversee the products from concept to process handover to meet the critical path and feasibility plans 
To lead feasibility meetings ensuring that people are kept informed of all activity regularly and ensure actions are completed  

Input product knowledge and customer insight within category team to ensure product development is aligned with all key customer requirements and meets financial measurements  
Introduce and refine new product concepts through the development process ensuring that technical and quality standards are achieved whilst maximising profitability 
Build and maintain customer relationships acting as the dedicated contact to provide accurate and consistent communication internally and externally whilst identifying and resolving issues promptly 
Develop the team capability through task focused coaching to ensure maximum performance and development to their potential 

Gate process timelines met and margin met  

Questions answered to right level of detail 
Reports are user-friendly/easy to read  Information is accurate  Within budget 
Appropriate targets set and measured  Products meet quality standards consistently  Be recognised as the ‘go to’ person for customer information  Timely sharing of new information 
Person Specification - these may be trained or developed.  These do not all need to be in place at recruitment 

Knowledge, Skills and Experience 

 Graduate calibre – Food or related discipline

 Understanding of PD terminology

 Understands retail environment/market place

 Understands the principles and tools of category management and strategic management

Is able to prepare and deliver a presentation

 Good understanding of food manufacturing principals

 Excel and PowerPoint skills

 Demonstrated leadership qualities