New Product Developer
MAIN PURPOSE OF JOB: To develop and deliver ‘best in class’ commercially viable products from approved product brief to concept sign off supporting the NPD Product Development Manager / NPD Controller POSITION IN ORGANISATION: Member of the site NPD team, reporting into the NPD Product Development Manager or NPD Senior Product Developer. SUMMARY OF SCOPE OF JOB: 1. Product Development 2. Customer Relationships QUALIFICATIONS: • Food related degree or course or studying towards one • Basic culinary skills • Good communication and organisation skills • Full driving license EXPERIENCE: • One years product development experience or placements PERSON SPECIFICATION: • Bright, able to think ‘outside the box’ • Ability to be flexible • Creative & foodie • Enthusiastic and positive • Willingness to: Visit & work out of different factories across the Daniels sites Stay away overnight on business when required Work longer hours when required. The post holder is also expected to carryout the following duties in order to fulfill the position to a satisfactory level: • Adhere to Company’s Equal Opportunities and Health & Safety Policies. • Ensure high quality standards and hygiene are maintained. • Adhere to Company Financial procedures. • Respect individual and Company confidentiality rights. • Demonstrate a positive and committed attitude. • Support a culture of continuous improvement. • Show commitment to personal and team development. • Demonstrate a flexible approach. PHYSICAL CONDITIONS OF ROLE: Primary kitchen based with work in chilled environments Travel will be required to other sites / supplier / customers and for comparative shopping Handling and preparation of food Product development • To work to generate product concepts in line with NPD Briefs • To formulate product concepts in line with specific briefs, ensuring factory capability is considered • To use the costing tool to ensure product concepts are developed to a target raw material cost • To source new raw materials and specifications in conjunction with procurement and technical • To ensure that the specifications are checked by the technical team before the ingredient is used • To prepare / co-ordinate product samples and recipe / raw material / nutritional information for customer presentations • To carry out, document and action conduct taste panels, comp shopping and product benchmarking of concepts versus competitor products if required • To ensure that customer codes of practice are adhered to • To assist the Product Manager and or Senior Product Developer with internal concept meetings and customer concept presentations as required • To plan and organise workload to achieve demanding deadline • To create and maintain product files for all new products in accordance with procedure • To achieve ‘working at pace’ & delivery of smart objectives • To ensure good housekeeping is adhered to in all development areas • To complete all relevant and necessary paperwork accurate and in a timely manner Customer Relationship Management • To manage, develop and maintain the relationship between Daniels Group and all Retailers through the effective communication with the Retailer Product Developers and Retailer Technologists throughout the development process. • To man mark and manage the Retailer Product Developers and Retailer Technologists ensuring that we have a consolidated and consistent approach. • Maintain customer communication throughout the development procedure • Organise dates and agendas for site visits. Other • Attend daily site taste panel inline with department rota • Input data to the innovation report and bible in accordance with the planned timescales
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