We are recruiting a New Product Development Manager to join our team. Reporting to the Operations Director, this exciting and diverse role will have the following main duties and responsibilities:

Purpose of the Role

Ensure that Joseph Brennan Bakeries is at the forefront of innovation and rejuvenation in the bread market. Lead development initiatives and drive an agenda of creativity to bake great tasting, high quality and marketable products.

Core Responsibilities

  • Create new products from concept in the NPD kitchen (as appropriate) and follow the NPD process through to main production lines.
  • Plan, execute and evaluate each project through the stage-gate process while maintaining food safety and legislative requirements.
  • Ensure all new products are delivered in line with product brief – specifications, budget, deadlines, technical and other guidelines.
  • Provide technical expertise for products in development.
  • Maintain an up-to-date knowledge of the bread market and customer trends nationally and internationally via, for example, competitor awareness/analysis, market data, trade press, workshops etc. to ensure JBB is at the cutting edge.
  • Coordinate group product analysis through use of Group Sensory Assessments. Plan and execute corrective actions.
  • Co-ordinate with operations, procurement, quality, commercial and marketing throughout the development process and have constant communication with the NPD team.

The Person

  • Need to be creative and have a passion for the brand
  • Have a thirst for knowledge, innovation and progress
  • Dedicated to providing the highest quality products
  • Challenge the "norm" and have an outgoing and confident approac
  • 3+ years' experience within the Food & Drink industry in a Technical/ Product Development role
  • Drive and impetus to make things happen
  • A food technology degree would be an advantage
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and time management skills
  • Able to work both as an individual and as a team player
  • Chorleywood background/training
  • Computer literacy - excel, word, PowerPoint

What we Offer

A competitive remuneration package including Defined Contribution pension scheme, subsidised canteen, and other benefits.