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Product Developer

Jarvis Johnson
London (Greater)
Competitive Salary
Closing date
7 Mar 2019
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Job Details

Our Client, a leading international manufacturer of chilled convenience foods for the major retailers, is looking for a Product Developer. This is a key role within the team leading innovation projects with the customer, developing new and modifying existing products.

Key Accountabilities are:

  • Managing and delivering new product development and innovative projects up to the point of handover to the process team
  • Presenting new products and upgrades to key stakeholders and the customer in a professional manner demonstrating your food knowledge and expertise
  • Benchmarking of products regularly to gain awareness of the market for a competitive advantage and contributing to Blue Sky Innovation
  • Ensuring that products meet agreed nutritional and organoleptic requirements
  • Liaising with Account Managers to ensure products meet margin aspirations
  • Working alongside the Chef to translate recipes into viable commercial products
  • Writing cooking instructions in line with customer and safety requirements to meet external retailer best practice
  • Working with the manufacturing team to verify feasibility of products



Essential skills and experience include:

  • Previous experience as a Product Developer in a fast paced environment (this can also be as part of a degree or apprenticeship), ideally working with short shelf life products or chilled food
  • An awareness of project management techniques, in particular critical path and gated processes
  • Strong Analytical and numerate skills
  • A Good communicator

The Company:

  • Established over 15 years ago, a leading international manufacturer of convenience foods supplying a wide range of chilled, frozen and ambient foods across the group
  • Group-wide customers include major retailers and food service businesses in the UK and US
  • Passionate about food with people at the core of their business
  • Committed to driving continuous improvement and cost efficiency

Are you an ambitious Product Developer who is passionate about food? If so, this could be the job for you. The role attracts a competitive salary and is based at our client’s London site.

If you are interested in applying for this role please email AS SOON AS POSSIBLE quoting reference number JJ-P4322 with an updated CV, an indication of your current salary and your availability.



Jarvis Johnson is one of the UK’s leading Interim Management and Recruitment agencies for the Food Manufacturing industry. Established in 1999 by Directors who worked within the Food industry, we have continued to build upon our reputation as experts in this field.



For our Clients’ short term needs

Do you need to cover a gap in your team – while you’re recruiting for permanent staff or to cover a maternity leave or long term absence? Or perhaps you have a money-saving idea or urgent project that needs additional resources?

We will rapidly provide you with peace of mind as we can typically provide a shortlist of fully-screened food industry specialists within 48 hours of confirming a brief with you. Indeed it is not unusual for interims to start working with clients in the same week we are briefed.

Whether you have a need for a few days’ work or cover for several months, we have specialists available immediately. We work with a growing database of over 5000 Interim Managers - most of them with expertise in the food and drink manufacturing industry or closely aligned sectors within the food supply chain.

For our Interim Managers

If you are an interim manager or would like to move into interim management, Jarvis Johnson can help you from day one with advice and guidance. We can help identify suitable assignments for you and will provide guidance on issues such as daily rates, service agreements and any other advice you might require.




For our Clients’ long term needs

We work with a growing database of over 14,000 candidates, the vast majority of which have proven track records in the food manufacturing industry. We endeavour to apply the same responsive approach we use when working on an interim assignment to helping you find a permanent member of your team.


For our Candidates

As a candidate, you can rest assured that we treat your details in the strictest confidence, only submitting your CV to clients after obtaining your permission to do so. We will provide you with full information on vacancies, backed up by sending you a detailed brief, and will screen you fully. This ensures that we give the client supplementary information to help reinforce the information provided on your CV and emphasise your suitability to a particular role.

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0844 335 1869
19 Windsor Court
South Yorkshire
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