Focus Management Consultants Limited

Recruitment Specialists for the food and drink industry

NPD Manager, West Yorkshire

Location: Yorkshire

County / State: West Yorkshire

Category: New Product Development

Reference: RLP894316

Consultant: Rachel Parkin

Start date: asap

Salary: £45,000 - £55,000 per annum plus Pension


Experienced NPD Manager required for outstanding food group with tasty and award-winning products. Based West Yorkshire.

Job Description

Are you an Innovative foodie, with zeal for New Product Development? Think fresh concept development, keeping ahead of market trends and leading a team to develop award-winning, awe-inspiring products...

We require an experienced NPD Manager reporting to a Head of NPD to head up the creative to launch gate process of new product development for a major UK retailer. This is an established facility with excellent capabilities and a strong H&S and quality culture. It employs around 170 employees many with long standing service, and has large scale batch led automated processing.

Driven by the innovation team you will be managing a team of two and will be providing the highest of customer service to a major retailer. You will be the customer lead and will delegate and manage project delivery through your team ensuring delivery and timely launches. You will immerse yourself in the factory gaining an understanding of the wider business and full plant processing capabilities to provide realistic and informed updates to the customer. You will become an expert in your category field and will keep abreast of trends, customer behaviour and competitor activities through safaris and competitor shops. You will be able to bring back ideas and influence ideas and solutions to senior managers. You will also get to work direct with suppliers ensuring the finest ingredients, best prices and new ingredients to keep a competitive advantage.

Other responsibilities will include:

  • Daily management of the NPD team

  • Management, ownership and support of the NPD process through to post launch review

  • Lead project teams

  • Run "blue sky" thinking forums

If this sounds like the exciting next step you have been waiting for and you have a proven track record of NPD / Innovations management we would love to hear from you! Any additional experience in Technical, Commercial or Marketing would also be highly of interest.

REF. RLP894316 By Focus Management

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