NPD Coordinator - Food

14 Feb 2018
16 Feb 2018
Contract Type
Full Time
Our client, a leading speciality food manufacturer who produce for major UK retailers and the food service channel, are currently recruiting for an NPD Coordinator.

Job Purpose

To develop NPD & EPD in line with FMCG targets/market trends and manage the critical path from initial concept through to launch and distribution.

Key responsibilities

* Manage the development process from concept to launch in accordance with customers' development processes
* Work with the Innovation team, Customer, NAM's, brand owner and Marketing to identify future trends and innovation
* Develop knowledge of raw materials, factory processes and baking skills to help develop new products or make suggestions to improve existing products
* Ensure all projects are delivered on time in line with commercial PID targets
* Develop a good working relationship with the retailers maintaining customer focus
* Attending customer presentations and meetings
* Supply complete customer documentation required for tasting panels, reviews and benchmarking
* Ensure the HACCP is completed for each NPD and EPD product and the relevant risk assessment is carried out
* Update project progress to the wider team via weekly NPD meetings and in accordance with critical paths to ensure any issues are raised
* Involvement in generation of packaging artwork, approvals and co-ordination with the customer, Design and buying teams
* Carry out post launch meeting at 6 and 12 weeks and circulate report


* Ability to work closely with other departments
* Ability to liaise and build relationships with external suppliers
* Process evaluation to reduce cost and maintain quality
* Excellent presentation skills
* Ability to communicate, present and influence credibly and effectively at all levels

Person Specification

* Significant experience within a food manufacturing environment, specifically cake industry
* Excellent communication, interpersonal and problem solving skills
* Self-motivated, with the ability to motivate others
* Have pride in your work and display behaviours that align with the company vision and values

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