Senior NPD Technologist



Gemma Harris
Recruitment Consultant
T: 07917956490

Our client are a large manufacturer of meals & snacks based in Manchester. They are looking for a highly skilled Senior NPD Technologist who, like them is driven by a passion for innovation in food quality, and is committed to leading and adapting to changing tastes.


Role Overview

Support the NPD & commercial team to innovate and develop new and existing products from benchmarking, developing, and launching products across retail, food service and B2B.




Key Areas


To develop products in the NPD kitchen which can be scaled up on our factory production lines.

Manage projects and tasks internally alongside customer requests whilst ensuring work is completed in line with the key dates on the critical path.

Organise and execute factory trials by ordering ingredients, planning paperwork, and attending the trials with the factory.

Create recipes, costings and samples of new products working alongside NPD chefs and the team of technologists.


Key Tasks & Responsibilities

  • To develop products in the NPD kitchen which can be scaled up on our factory production lines.
  • Develop recipes based on a customer brief or for an innovation session
  • Costing up recipes and completing NPD specs
  • Completing sample submission forms and customer presentation PowerPoints
  • Packaging fits for inner cartons, retail bags and outer cases
  • Sourcing and ordering new raw materials and packaging for briefs
  • Organising sample request that are to be sent to customers with labels, cooking instructions and NPD specs
  • Meeting critical paths for each project
  • Keep up to date with food trends and macro trends which influence food choices.
  • Organising Christmas & BBQ benchmarking sessions
  • Maintain organisation of the NPD stock in the freezers
  • Innovation development of new products based on trends that fit within our factory capabilities
  • Supporting the process manager on factory trials
  • Support factory trials by providing recipes, specs, methods for new products progressing to trials
  • Taste panels and sign off products/packaging following factory trials.




Key Skills & Competencies

  • Experience within NPD department in the food industry preferred
  • Computer literate Excel, Word, Power point.
  • Able to work cross functionally with a positive can-do attitude
  • Excellent attention to detail with good organisational skills
  • Experience of food factory shop floor preferred
  • Excellent cross functional and communication skills for dealing with internal and external customers as well as all levels of staff across all departments.
  • Have a keen interest in food
  • Knowledge of meat free products would be advantageous.


Additional Requirements

Full driving licence required

Must be able to work flexibly within 40 hours per week.


If this sounds like the role for you please contact me for more information or apply today with your CV.