NPD Launch Manager

Redfin Recruitment Ltd
Kent, United Kingdom
£40,000 - £50,000 + benefits
Closing date
14 Oct 2020

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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

Food, Beverage and CPG Recruitment Specialists

As industry specialists we speak your language and are dedicated to providing you a high quality service at an affordable cost.

Holding well over a decade of recruitment experience within FMCG and CPG manufacturing, we have a genuine interest and passion for what we do. We bring pacestrategic focusexperience and expertise to the food and beverage manufacturing marketplace with particular focus on providing recruitment solutions within:

Manufacturing & Operations | Food Service | QA/Technology | Product Development & Innovation | Purchasing & Supply Chain | Engineering | Human Resources | Sales & Marketing | Board Level

If you are a business looking to add talent to your team and want a dedicated, passionate and ethical recruitment partner why not connect with us to see how we could serve you. If you are a candidate seeking some career advice on a next role or want to apply for an open position then let us know and we will see how we can help. If you are a recruiter or have an interest in recruitment but, like us, have become disenchanted with the recruitment industry, why not reach out and lets explore ways we can assist you.

"I have found working with Redfin Recruitment really refreshing, its approach to recruitment is second to none. They have placed a number of senior candidates into our business and always “gets it right’. I would definitely say this is a result of them really investing time to find out as much as possible about our business, how it operates and importantly our culture. From this they have given us the confidence that they will source ‘a needle in a haystack candidate’. From recently meeting with our MD they are now our first go to business partner for both UK and international roles.— HR Head (UK Leading Food Exporter)

Contact Us
  • The Enterprise Centre
  • Manchester
  • M228LF
  • GB
  • 0161 540 3030
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