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Senior Innovation Manager – Based in New Zealand

Blue Spark
New Zealand (NZ)
Closing date
1 Mar 2019

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New Product Development, Technical
Contract Type
Full Time
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Job Details

The Company

Have you ever considered a relocation to New Zealand? Do you like the thought of joining a vibrant, entrepreneurial food brand where you can share and indulge your passion for food? This premium brand are continually expanding with ambitions to be the greatest in their sector across global markets. They are now looking for a highly talented, engaging and tenacious Innovation & Technical Lead to join their Antipodean team.

The Role

This senior management role will take responsibility for all aspects of the product development lifecycle, owning and managing the delivery of the innovation pipeline.  You will manage the Innovations and Process Teams to ensure the development and launch of exceptional products that are commercially and technically viable.  This will encompass technical and quality aspects of NPD and EPD as well as managing long term projects for packaging and sustainability initiatives. 

This is a broad role where no two days will be the same so you’ll need to have the agility and pace to make things happen and deliver results.  As well as leading your team you will need to be hands on to support with recipe formulations and trialling new products in the factory.  You will work closely with factory teams, co-manufacturing partners and the Innovations team at the UK office. 

The Candidate

We're looking for an exceptionally talented Innovation Technical Manager who is a strong leader with creative flair and is just as at ease dealing with technical and quality matters as they are with NPD. Your extensive experience will include working within high risk food manufacturing environments where you have proven experience of bringing great products to market within an innovative or technically biased food category / brand.  Previous experience working with dairy would be advantageous. You will be a real foodie, enjoy being hands on, driving projects and have a positive, collaborative approach with the ability to influence and challenge the norm. 

So if you are looking for a fresh new challenge where you can be part of entrepreneurial food brand, move to pastures new and develop your career in a senior role then apply now or call us on 0345 2600 737 for a chat and more information.


Blue Spark is a boutique recruitment consultancy for the Food and Drinks industry, satisfying a growing appetite for intelligent and ethical recruitment.

Working entirely free of commission, we source high calibre candidates for some of the most exciting organisations in the field.

Our friendly and creative consultants seek the perfect match with every appointment – be it graduate or director level, permanent or interim.

Established by Food professionals in 2006, our vast experience and intuitive grasp of market trends has earned us the superb reputation we enjoy today.

With a particular commitment to openness and innovation, Blue Spark offers a truly comprehensive range of recruitment solutions across all sectors of the Food and Drinks industry.

These include:

• Search and Selection
• Advertised Search
• Executive Search
• Database Search
• Proactive Candidate Generation

So whether you're seeking that dream job in Food and Drink, or the perfect people for your growing business, Blue Spark can deliver.

Find Us
0345 2600 737
34/36 The Broadway
Haywards Heath
West Sussex
RH16 3AL
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