NPD Manager Ref.KL27
A superb opportunity for an NPD Wizard to join an award winning kids snack food company due to expansion to support the NPD function. This is a brand new role working closely with both the NPD and Technical Managers, utilising strong end to end project management skills to the full to launch new products across both the UK and International markets.
·Validate consumer, commercial and category needs to identify genuine innovation to grow the category and increase brand share
·Attend food shows, visit retailers and review consumer insights to identify innovation opportunities
·Support NPD Manager to develop a robust pipeline of new products and validate them against brand criteria
·End to end project management to launch profitable new products to market including packaging design and import tariffs
·Accurately review pricing of new products to meet company margin aspirations and present these to the commercial team
·Manage relationships with new and existing suppliers to develop products in line with technical, nutritional, commercial and consumer needs
·Liaise with all departments/stakeholders across the business including sales, logistics and finance
You will have a marketing or business degree or equivalent. You will have at least 5 years’ experience of product development in the food industry and particularly important is the ability to manage multiple projects and work under time pressure.
You will be confident speaking to new people both on the phone and face to face. You will also be involved in the presentation of NPD projects to the wider team and UK retailers so strong communication skills are a must.
Excellent detailed project management skills, ability to multitask and re-prioritise You will be commercially competent and comfortable reviewing product pricing in line with company/retailer margins.
You will have strong attention to detail and be able to prioritise and organise your own workload. You will have good I.T. literacy with Excel, Word and PowerPoint. A small degree of travel is required in this role either to visit new/existing suppliers or to attend food shows. Typically no more than a day or two per month.
Please note: The role is based in Amersham, Bucks
Salary/Holiday Entitlement £35k +benefits 25 Days holiday
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