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NPD Manager | Craigavon

Posted 5th January Craigavon, County Armagh # PM898741*

NPD Manager | Craigavon

Vickerstock are currently assisting one of our Food Manufacturing Clients with the appointment of an experienced NPD Manager based in Craigavon. The successful candidate will be responsible for the development, testing and launch of new products within the company.

As aN NPD Manager, you will be responsible for the following:

  • Managing the re-formulation of current products and assessment of alternative materials and ingredients.
  • Liaising with Technical and Production departments on all issues regarding product consistency, safety, quality & legality.
  • Lead product presentations to key customers.
  • Manage the transition of NPD samples made in the test kitchen to pilot manufacturing through to full production.
  • Conduct regular taste panels and benchmarking sessions for current products.
  • Preparation & Cooking of Products for Internal and External sampling sessions and presentations
  • Develop strong, sustainable relationships with key accounts and customers.
  • Eliminate unnecessary cost and wastage of food
  • Fully contribute to a culture of continuous improvement where standards are raised over time.
  • Report effectively to senior colleagues on all Product Development activity.

What you will need to succeed;

  • Proven experience working as an NPD Manager in a demanding, customer focused environment OR working as a supplier to a leading retailer, ideally in a customer facing role.
  • Degree or HNC/D in a food related discipline
  • Strong People Management Skills; able to lead your department, manage and develop your team.
  • Experience of making improvements regarding food management and cooking.
  • Working within technical specifications to deliver top quality products.
  • Passionate about food, have an understanding of our market sectors, creative and an ability to cook from scratch.
  • An understanding of a wide range of ingredients and their attributes as well as flavour combinations.
  • Excellent communications skills provide updates on your department performance to senior colleagues.
  • Ability to write reports and understand documentation relevant to processes/procedures relating to food safety and management.
  • Excellent time management skills with a proactive approach.
  • Delivering exceptional customer service for Customers, Suppliers and all staff.
  • Clean driving licence and access to a car for transport is a requirement for this position.

Desirable Criteria

  • Hold/working towards a Food Safety & Hygiene qualification (Level 3) or equivalent.
  • Member of Institute of Food Science and Technology or equivalent.
  • Experience of working within the meat or poultry sectors.
  • Previous experience of working with HACCP / within a BRC accredited environment.
  • Training accreditation in Food Safety & Hygiene is advantageous.

What we have to offer:

  • Excellent remuneration package depending on experience
  • Progressive business

What we hope you do next:

Please contact Paul Muir to discuss this in absolute confidence on 028 9031 3720, or send an updated CV via the link on the page.

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