Development Chef

Cornwall

To attract the best

Nicola Grainger
Director
E: nicola@theovalpartnership.co.uk
T: 07730 432077
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Our client is a well established chilled food manufacturer who are seeking a creative & dynamic Development Chef to work within the Development & Innovation Team to deliver high quality concepts, products, recipes, and to ensure delivery of all projects in a timely manner ensuring concept to launch process is followed. Interpret & Pre-empt customer briefs to ensure new and relevant products are being proposed to our customers and brands. Maintain up to date and relevant knowledge of products within the market and capturing trends and quality improvements to enable the business to stay ahead of the competition.

 

ROLE SUMMARY

  • To lead the culinary creation of products for the customer, inspiring and challenging to be the best.
  • Delivering of NPD and EPD through the product concept to launch process in line with brand standards & direction from briefs.
  • Work with the development manager and the cross functional natural working teams to identify and explore new culinary opportunities utilising insight and bringing product to life through internal
  • innovation days & customer submissions of products.
  • Supporting with ideation and trend translation into clear product opportunities relevant for the business.
  • Interpret & Pre-empt customer briefs to ensure new and relevant products are being proposed to our customers.
  • Maintain up to date and relevant knowledge of products & equipment within the market and capturing trends and quality improvements to enable the business to stay ahead of the competition.

 

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES

  • Lead the creation of new products from initial concept & ideation through to trial phase, taking commercial (e.g., manufacturing capability, actual cost) constraints into consideration along with consumer and market rationale.
  • Build strong customer relationships arranging and leading product submissions, providing customers with product samples along with relevant paperwork, adhering to brand standards, working with cross functional teams to create a strong rational for all product proposals.
  • Play an active role within the NPD team ensuring NPD/EPD & innovation requirements meet & align to customer, consumer, and market needs.
  • Proactively maintain awareness of market, consumer and restaurant trends and competitor activity to identify potential business opportunities as well as blue sky and new market trend opportunities.
  • Arrange and lead internal feasibility and critical path meetings for your customers to ensure all key stakeholders have visibility and relevant information on all active projects and products being proposed to the customers.
  • Manage projects and all relevant information on internal recipe management system following and completing all relevant actions ensuring adherence to process. Accurately maintain NPD recipe files and follow the business concept to launch process on all development projects.
  • Act as the key point of contact for your relevant customers, ensuring you respond to any communication in a timely manner and all customers comms are logged & promptly circulated both internally and externally.
  • Build strong relationships with key internal contacts within commercial, category, NPD, technical and operations ensuring strong collaboration and working relationships.
  • Actively look for and present opportunities for new products against consumer and category growth areas, share knowledge and understanding of capabilities within the department.
  • Build strong relationships with key suppliers leveraging their knowledge and capabilities bringing new relevant ingredients into the business whilst maintaining a strong knowledge and understanding of the current raw material list.
  • Work closely with the total development & innovation teams to drive a quality culture and team spirit, to create an environment where people are inspired to perform.

 

QUALIFICATIONS, EXPERIENCE, TECHNICAL SKILLS / KNOWLEDGE

  • Minimum 5 years’ experience within a chilled food manufacturing environment
  • Passion for creating and promoting food at all levels.
  • 706 1/2, NVQ2/3 or equivalent.
  • Food Manufacturing culinary experience
  • Food Hygiene & Allergy training
  • Numerate Literacy &Computer Skills.
  • Recipe Formulation understanding and experience.
  • Food Sensory Skills.
  • Presentation and Report Writing Skills.
  • Excellent Communication & Team working skills
  • Organisation and Time management skills.

 

For more information on this exciting role please get in touch or apply with your CV today.