New Product Development Manager

Blue Spark
Yorkshire & East Midlands
05 Jan 2018
02 Feb 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

The Company

This forward thinking and esteemed producer of delicious chilled products supply the major UK retailers. They are continually expanding and are now seeking an experienced NPD Manager to help increase their food offering and retain their prominent position in the market place.

The Role

In this instrumental development role you’ll be managing your team in the development of a range of products from concept to launch. You’ll be driving the NPD process for new ideas across numerous fast moving categories, influencing innovations and translating emerging culinary trends into commercially viable ranges in line with business strategy. You’ll use your extensive food and industry knowledge to seek out opportunities for business growth, from identifying gaps in the market to discovering the latest new ingredients and suppliers.

Working closely with internal teams including Commercial, Marketing and Production, you and your team will come up with amazing new ideas that consumers will love whilst ensuring factory capabilities are considered. You’ll also present new concepts to prominent retail customers, highlighting how your exciting additions to the existing portfolio will enhance category performance in the market place. In addition you’ll work with your customers to ensure NPD and factory processes are in line with the critical path, ensuring high levels of product efficiency and quality to surpass expectations and help this major business stay ahead in the competitive chilled convenience arena.

The Person

The successful candidate will be a passionate and proactive NPD Manager who has previous experience of working in a similar customer facing role where you have worked with major retailers to launch cutting edge products within a chilled food category. You’ll have a proven track record of managing and motivating a team to deliver NPD projects and will be able to demonstrate excellent organisation, prioritisation and people management abilities. Exceptional presentation skills along with the ability to communicate across all levels are also a must have in order to influence innovation across internal teams as well as external customers.

So if you are a real foodie with the drive and determination to see projects through from concept to launch then we’d like to hear from you. Apply now or call 0345 2600 737 for more information.


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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