NPD Process Developer / Process Development Technologist
Responsible for converting product development into successful launch of products/ranges on time, to critical path and with maximum impact.
Responsible for process improvements on site to maximise output, yield and internal/external customer satisfaction.
To land new products or improve existing products through cross functional project management so that the business can meet customers' needs more effectively.
Act as lead on site to deliver process development on products and NPD handed over from Product Developers to agreed dates and costs.
Identify process and product opportunities within site to maximise output, yield and performance.
Control recipes and processes at site from concept to launch. Ensure all NPD work is in line with company procedures and is validated and documented at every step
Develop & agree QAS which meet the needs of the customer and are in line with process capabilities
Run trials at site as required during development and feedback to wider group.
Represent NPD on the Site HACCP team to ensure all products launched are safe, legally compliant, authentic and to the agree quality standards
Able to work as part of a multi-functional site team and communicate with staff at all levels
Produce samples for internal & customer presentations, working hands-on in the kitchen whenever necessary, but also understanding manufacturing sites capabilities.
Keep up to date with technological changes in the food industry and identify opportunities for packaging & product development.
Ensure we deliver against divisional commercial targets.
Continue to develop a direct & positive relationship with all internal & external teams.Ensure appropriate communication internally, with retail partners and across manufacturing sites.
Monitor market place for potential prospective suppliers.
Service level and wastage
Sales, profit and Cost Management
Continuous professional development
Food based degree.
Experience in food process development role.
Proven ability to negotiate effectively in reactive and flexible situations.
Experience in process review and process improvement.
Key Skills and Knowledge
Ability to work across multiple retailer customers and deliver projects simultaneously.
Work with a determination to achieve challenging and innovating product ranges that provide us a point of difference verse our competitors.
Passionate and knowledgeable about food processing.
Exceptionally well developed interpersonal skills and ability to communicate persuasively by addressing the needs and interests of others.
Excellent communication skills both verbal and written including strong influencing skills. Capable ‘stand-up’ presenter.
Energetic, outward-going and good at managing both internal and external relationships.
Ability to devise and implement solutions in order to generate sales.
Make high quality decisions at pace.
Ability to create a clear plan for themselves to deliver short to medium term business priorities.
Strong commercial acumen and analytical skills.
Strong organisational and planning skills.
Basic understanding of UK and European regulation and legislation.
Able to work independently and without close direction.
Willing to take the initiative with people.