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Head of NPD

Job Title: Head of NPD
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: London
Salary: £45000 - £50000 per annum + benefits
Start Date: ASAP
Reference: Q93592
Contact Name: Quest Seach Selection
Contact Email:
Job Published: August 23, 2013 17:34

Job Description

Head of NPD A great opportunity has arisen to lead a highly skilled NPD team within a dynamic and fast paced food service business. You will be responsible for leading the innovation agenda to maintain a leading product offer that meets customer needs and responds quickly to new market trends. In addition you will: * Manage all activity within the agreed NPD Budget * Manage all aspects of the development kitchen * Lead & develop a high performing NPD team – managing the individual and team performance to deliver business objectives * Working with brand team briefs and supplier innovation, create a constant flow of new products for evaluation and demonstration to the business * Coordinate NPD development sessions with Brand teams, International/Ops reps and clients * Ensure cross functional working throughout the NPD process to guarantee the successful implementation of new products and ranges * Liaise with international teams to ensure transfer of best in class innovation and product knowledge across the entire business The ideal candidate will have: * Previous food development experience with multiple brands in a catering or retail environment * A proven track record in delivery of commercially astute and consumer relevant new product * Experience in managing and developing a team of chefs and kitchen staff * An ability to positively influence colleagues, managing subjective issues with sensitivity * A flexible and adaptable approach with excellent team working skills * An ability to manage complex and multiple tasks with good prioritization skills * Chef or food technical qualifications * A genuine passion for food If this sounds like the opportunity for you then we would welcome your application. We request that candidates send their CV as a Microsoft Word document where possible. Quest Search and Selection is acting as an Employment Agency in relation to this vacancy.