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NPD Manager

Blue Spark
South East England
Closing date
13 Nov 2020
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The Company

This market leading brand are renowned for the quality of their products and loved by consumers across the world.  In order to drive commercial growth they are looking for a new addition to their innovations team with a talented NPD Manager who can help create products with a competitive edge.

The Role

This is a multifaceted role where you will lead and manage the core NPD applications team to oversee the development and delivery of great tasting new products from concept through to factory implementation.

A key part of the role will be leading the development of product development processes for aspects such as new ingredient sourcing, lab testing and factory trials.

There will be a lot of internal collaboration which includes working with marketing to ensure clear concept briefs are created and delivered against. Your team will include the sensory panel which you will use to ensure new products delight consumers.

You will also work with internal stakeholders such as raw material sourcing, quality, ethical and regulatory teams to ensure ingredients and products meet quality and commercial considerations.

The Person

We’re looking for an NPD / R&D Manager with experience in a similar role within the food / drinks / FMCG sector.  Ideally you will be educated to at least degree level, in a scientific discipline but with a preference for Food Science or Technology.

Experience of laboratory or development kitchen leadership with proven skills in creating and implementing good laboratory practices and overseeing factory production trials is essential.  It would be great if you have experience of setting up and leading sensory panels as well.

You will be a natural communicator and motivational leader with an ability to effectively manage and influence key stakeholders in order to deliver new products to market without neglecting consumer appeal, quality and safety standards.

Managing and shaping teams to perform is a skill that is well honed from previous roles and you will be highly adept at understanding the culture and values of a business in order to make the right recommendations that will help drive the business forward. 

If you think you can flourish with this branded, forward thinking business then we’d love to hear from you.  Either email us with your CV ( or call Dhrutee for more information.


Please note this postion is commutable from Surrey, Hampshire and West Sussex.

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.

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.

Contact Us
  • 34/36 The Broadway
  • Haywards Heath
  • RH16 3AL
  • GB
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