Title: NPD Launch Manager
Location: Kent, United Kingdom
Sector: Food Manufacturing (Branded and Private Label)
Remuneration: £40,000 - £50,000 + Benefits
Contract Type: 12 month FTC (permanent options post FTC)
Prerequisites: 1) Must have current residential and employment status to live and work in the United Kingdom. No sponsorship attached to this position. 2) Must have NPD process management experience within a food manufacturing setting. 3) Must have experience and understanding of retort/ autoclave processing.
Redfin Recruitment have partnered on an exclusive basis with an aspirational food manufacturer who are currently embarking on a major transformational journey. With a weighty innovation pipeline that’s set to see several major product launches within the new year, there’s no better time to join this ambitious and innovative development team.
In these unprecedented times, it’s been clearly evident that NPD has really felt the pinch as retailers and manufactures have tightened the belts and in some cases even halted development completely. It’s refreshing that our client is bucking that trend and is in a strong position to invest in new concepts and add to its head count.
Our client requires a process focused NPD specialist that can deliver a growth strategy like no other, as it plans to break the mould within a seemingly stagnant product category. To succeed in this role you will have a steely determination to push the boundaries and not take no for an answer (until all potential avenues have been exhausted). You will be naturally inquisitive; regularly asking "how can this be done", and hold exceptional natural communication skills.
As NPD Launch Manager you will collaborate with a number of cross functional teams to take kitchen based concepts through to launch and hold responsibility for project managing the stage gate process. You will be hungry and determined to succeed in playing your part, going above and beyond as you’ll be aware that some factory trials can take you into the early hours of the morning! If you are a 9-5 NPD professional this isn't the role for you.
- Experienced in managing the process from Concept to Launch for both branded and own label products.
- Must have experience and understanding of retort/ autoclave processing.
- Track record of delivering projects on time and in full.
- Developing collaborative relationships with cross-functional teams to ensure early engagement and buy-in from all departments.
- Being a strong communicator link between the Development kitchen and the factory.
- Experience of creating and Issuing trial reports to the wider business with process alteration and improvement recommendations.
A background in ambient, stable, thermal processed foods would be a natural benefit for this role, but is not an absolute prerequisite. If you have experience within the food manufacturing industry and get excited about taking kitchen concepts through to mass production as well as loving project management, we want to hear from you.
If you would describe yourself as a “massive foodie” and you want to play a part in delivering a major brand overhaul please apply for the NPD Launch Manager opportunity by sending your CV to firstname.lastname@example.org