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Product Development Manager

Job Title: Product Development Manager
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: London
Salary: £60000 - £80000 per annum + competitive benefits package
Start Date: ASAP
Reference: Q94516
Contact Name: Quest Seach Selection
Contact Email:
Job Published: January 15, 2014 19:48

Job Description

An opportunity has arisen for a senior food product development manager to join a hugely successful food grocery business that delivers an exceptional own brand product offer to an ever growing customer base. As a driver of market leading innovation and quality products you will be responsible for delivering new initiatives and strategy which continually raises the bar on quality and delivers excitement for the customer. Key Accountabilities: * Be the guardian of 'Taste', setting the highest standards of product taste and functionality * Set quality control principles and define the product development KPIs for the category as a whole * Sponsor all category product related projects, drive accuracy of all product information and compliance with brand standards, company policies and legislation * Work with the wider business teams to scope out and present product and business opportunities at category and cross category level. * Develop longer term, strategic projects to ensure future proofing, quality, efficiency and resource * Play a leading, active role in defining the supply base of the future Influence and engage key stakeholders * Communicate, coach and lead the strategy for the product developers in the category * Mange the developers in the team and provide coaching and support to help develop their careers Required Knowledge, Skills and Experience: * Experience in a senior NPD position in a manufacturing, food service or retail environment * Extensive experience of delivering creativity with proven results * Excellent record of building longer term strategy that shapes the future direction * Up front thinking and project management skills * In depth food knowledge and expertise and a desire to keep on top of food trends, news and industry activity * Tenacious, a drive to succeed and constantly strives for the best standards and pushes the status quo * Commercial awareness and experience in handling insights and customer data * Ability to influence and lead at all stakeholder levels If this sounds like the perfect next career move for you and you have the skills and experience required 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.