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New Product Development Manager

  • Sector: Engineering
  • Contact Email: gillian.nicholson@collinsmcnicholas.ie
  • Job Ref: 19449

We have a Fantastic opportunity for a New Product Development Manager to join a well-established manufacturing company based in the Midlands. The company has recently gone through a major expansion doubling the size of the existing factory and workforce. Due to this expansion we are looking for an NPD Manager to lead the NPD, Technical and Quality teams.

Reporting to the General Manager, you will lead, grow and motivate a talented team of NPD, NPI, Technical and Quality Assurance staff. You will get the opportunity to manage, support the delivery of innovative high quality products working closely with all internal teams in delivering business results. This is a specialized development role requiring an important combination of product and process knowledge. The role offers an excellent opportunity for an individual who would like to work in a dynamic and innovative growing environment.

Role and Responsibilities: 

  • Own the development lifecycle and responsibility for managing technical risks throughout projects.
  • Provides technical direction for the development, design, and systems integration for customer engagement from definition phase through implementation.
  • Applies significant knowledge of industry trends and developments to improve consumer knowledge to our customers.
  • Easily recognises kitchen product development deficiencies and implements effective solutions prior to factory trial execution.
  • Executes the effective management of all the aspects of scale up trials through the NPI process teams.
  • Ensure quick reactive responses to customer enquiries on all aspects of product quality, food health and safety concerns.
  • Meet all customer audit requirements (BRC/PIU/Ethical/etc.).
  • Complies with and helps to enforce best practice standards throughout the manufacturing facility.
  • Ensures latest food standard regulatory requirements are kept up to date and relevant.
  • Ensures that all suppliers meet our customer specification requirements for all raw materials used in the process.
  • Manages customer interaction and expectations regarding new product development projects.
  • Manages customer briefs from concept to product launch.
  • Develops lasting relationships with client personnel that foster customer ties.
  • Manages and develops the Technical, NPD and Quality teams through the Performance Management Process.
  • Facilitates effective team interaction.
  • Holds regular status meetings with development team.

Requirements:

  • Third level degree in Food/Bakery/Related [Technical/Scientific/Applied]
  • NPD/Technical/Quality Management experience - Consumer Food/Bakery - Minimum 5-8 years
  • Experienced with Irish & UK Retailers and/or Food Service
  •  Demonstrate successful development & launch achievements
  • Culinary flair and interest - drive and passion for food.

 What you will receive in return:

  • Attractive compensation package.
  • Plus Bonus
  • Opportunity to work Hybrid after a period of time.
  • High-visibility position within the organisation.
  • Company Pension contribution
  • Healthcare
  • Fast track career progression.
  • Be part of a high-performance team that is committed to delivering top-quality products while always striving for excellence.
  • Healthy work-life balance, friendly work environment and short commute. 

 For a confidential discussion on this role please contact: Gillian Nicholson at gillian.nicholson@collinsmcnicholas.ie call Gillian on 90 6450665