Product Developer Concepts

Brakes UK
17 Feb 2019
13 Mar 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Product Developer " Concepts: Excellent Salary, Benefits include: Pension, Generous holiday allowance, free parking, Staff Shop schemes, subsidised canteen, discounted products and services, brilliant reward and recognition scheme, excellent career development and much more!

Product Developer " Concepts

Based " Orpington, Kent

What is the Purpose of this Job?

This role is responsible for maintaining and developing the products/menus for specific CC concepts:-

  • Manage food offer for concepts (Stacked, K&Co, Go Global, B&B Café, Hudson's, Tuk Tuk, Pasta Pronto)

  • Ensure menus are in line with consumer trends, legal & nutritional requirements and cost pressures / changes " develop a pipeline of new menu items including seasonal activity and new categories

  • Keep abreast of product developments within the Brakes Group

  • Ensure menus are fully costed including labour and waste

  • Identify off-the-shelf or bespoke preparation and merchandising equipment to support new offers

  • Provided training and support the development of training materials to FSTs

  • Support the Technical Manager with the development of customer operational materials

  • Support marketing and sales colleagues in customer presentations (customer days, trade shows etc.)

  • Support the Marketing Manager Concepts on product shoots and video production

  • Support the Sales Trainer (JN) with training days

  • Job holders responsibilities and accountabilities

  • In conjunction with other marketing, sales and technical colleagues keep abreast of FtG market intel / insight including legal & nutritional developments

  • Use the above in menu developments

  • Develop a pipeline of brand-specific menu developments " fully costed, with training and supporting materials

  • Work closely with marketing & sales colleagues on Trade Shows and other customer presentations to ensure activity is relevant to the opportunity and audience.

  • Works from brief to identify ingredients, process, labour and cost to develop menus and new dishes

Skills / Knowledge / Qualifications Needed to do the Job?

  • Product development experienced gained from e.g. Contract Catering or High Street/QSR.

  • Knowledge preparation and display equipment

  • Commercially astute " product & labour costing models, margins, pricing etc.

  • Good presenter / demonstrator (customer meetings, trade shows)

  • Experienced in developing training programmes for catering staff " face-to-face, manuals, digital

  • Ability to manage a number of priorities

  • Passionate about food

  • Works with all parts of the business and Group colleagues

  • Liaises with operators at site-level and head office


You'll be a natural people person & problem solver with a real drive to deliver results. You will also enjoy working within a team and ensuring that you hit targets and achieve results in a true 'One Brakes' way. Above all you will be on a mission to deliver the best solution and best experience to your customers " both internal and external. And of course, you'll be proud to live and breathe our values:

Caring passionately for our customers

• Doing the right thing

• Working together as one team

• Being the best we can be


Here at Brakes Group, we have a simple mission " to help businesses who serve food to thrive. And as we have been serving chefs across the food industry for nearly 60 years, with a business built on quality, reliability, innovation and trust, it's no surprise that we know what we're doing.

And with a culture where everyone works together as one team to be the best we can be, with a real focus on our brilliant people, there is no doubt that we have the right ingredients to make your career a successful one. If you're looking for development we can help you achieve your aspirations. We have clear career paths and learning programmes which will support you at every step of the way " including a 'Warehouse to Wheels' course that'll help you become a driver! We also have a whole range of Apprenticeships and a Graduate Programme so there really is something for you at every level of your career whether you are just starting out or are a seasoned professional. And being part of Sysco " the Global leader in selling, marketing and distributing food products; the opportunities really are endless.

If this isn't enough, we offer a whole realm of fantastic benefits and incentives including

Discounts on products and services

• Clear career pathways and development

• Excellent rewards and recognition schemes

• Pension plan

• Additional holiday purchase


Brakes UK uses a third party to undertake a number of checks. Any offer of employment made by Brakes UK would be conditional upon receiving a satisfactory; reference, identity document(s), basic DBS certificate and basic credit check.

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