Private Label Development and Quality Manager - Ref: 1705-18
Job Title: Private Label Development and Quality Manager
Location: Redhill, Gatwick area
Salary: £40- £45K pa (plus attractive package with up to 7% of basic annual salary, flexitime, private healthcare etc.)
Skills: Private Label (Own Label), Food, working with 'big four’ supermarkets, Product Quality, technical manufacturing knowledge, project management, French language preferred
Our client is a Blue chip well-known within its FMCG sector food brand looking for an experienced Private Label Product Quality Manager working on the branded products as well as supplying to a number of major retailers in the UK under private-label products.
·Working with UK private label customers’ technical management, our dedicated commercial teams and our European private label teams to propose and implement private label opportunities from development to launch
·Leading customer meetings, technical visits and 1st production audits of sites to the standard and practices required as well as influencing key stakeholders to achieve decisions and actions required to deliver customer requirements.
·Managing projects within each customer’s process, critical path ensuring all technical requirements are met.
·Key customer contact for all development, renovation, packaging and product communication.
·Effective communication and reporting on project KPIs, product specifications and policy changes.
·Continually monitoring the consistency of PL products and benchmarking against competitors to ensure product quality standards are maintained.
·To manage and control project and packaging costs within private label budget target.
·Key Customer contact for all development, renovation ,packaging and product communication
·Project lead from development brief to launch for all NPD and packaging renovations
·Ensuring all new and existing products conform to customer guidelines, policies and specification.
·Lead for packaging design changes, pack copy and artwork approval based on approved product specification
·All aspects of customer specifications are submitted RFT and within agreed timescales
·Organise and lead customer meetings and technical visits to manufacturing sites.
·Monitoring product performance through consistency/benchmarking panels and Customer Product KPI’s
•Educated to degree level or equivalent, with a food science/technology background
•Previous experience in a Quality/Development Management role, preferably in the UK with expertise of managing Private Label (own label) customer requirements
•Previous experience working with big 4 UK supermarkets
•Strong customer focus and ability to manage multiple stakeholders, project management experience
•Excellent attention to detail and organisational skills
•Strong levels of analytical curiosity and capability to develop product and process knowledge.
•Highly developed communication and influencing skills with the ability to move things forward
•IT literacy to a high standard
•Flexible and creative problem solving skills to overcome obstacles
•Highly self-motivated and results focused, with the ability to work autonomously, as well as working closely with the R&D, Quality, Industrial and Commercial teams in the wider business
•Fluent in French is preferred but not a must have
•Full current driving licence is essential and flexibility to travel in the UK and France as business requires
If your application is successful, you will be contacted within 7 days. We regret that due to the high volume of applications we receive we cannot provide feedback on individual CVs. Please note that we can only consider candidates who are eligible to work in the UK and are able to provide relevant supporting documentation.