Product Development Manager

Blue Spark
East Midlands Region
10 Oct 2017
07 Nov 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

The Company

This is a great opportunity to join a chilled food manufacturer producing pioneering ranges for the major retailers. They are now seeking a driven Product Development Manager to lead the innovations team and help them retain their reputation for high quality products.

The Role

This customer focused role will see you as the driving force from concept to launch. Working from set briefs you’ll ensure that new ranges are in line with customer requirements whilst maintaining a level of originality to keep ahead of the latest food trends. Overseeing the NPD process you will manage concept development in line with customer schedules and critical paths, co-ordinating factory trials to guarantee technical and commercial parameters are satisfied. As well as monitoring the progression of new ideas, you will also be refreshing the existing portfolio to make sure the company continues to outstrip the competition.

Proactive and resourceful in your approach, you will guide your team in identifying the latest food and consumer trends, communicating findings as appropriate to introduce an exciting offering into the market place. Finally you’ll conduct presentations to impress prestigious customers with your knowledge and awareness of cutting edge innovation, helping this rapidly expanding business achieve its ambitious commercial goals within the market.

The Person

We are looking for an NPD Manager who has a proven record of driving innovation within a chilled category, supported by a strong understanding of food science and manufacturing processes. You will have previous success in delivering results from concept to launch whilst developing your project management skills as well as an articulate presentation style. People management skills are also essential as your will be leading and encouraging a team to reach their maximum potential.

Comfortable working in a customer facing role you will be passionate about food with a demonstrable knowledge of cuisines, produce and seasonality as well as a willingness to learn and expand upon your repertoire. You’ll also have a penchant for spotting up and coming market trends with the ability to apply your research and translate your findings into workable products.

This role would be perfect for a current NPD manager or a highly capable senior technologist looking to up their game and face a challenge in the next stage of their career. If you’re looking for your next innovations challenge then apply today or give our consultants a call to discuss in further detail on 0345 2600 737.


Please note that we are only able to accept and respond to applications from candidates with eligibility to work in the UK and those who hold valid work visas.

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