Food/Confectionery Innovation and Development Manager

Job Title: Food/Confectionery Innovation and Development Manager
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: London (Central), London (Greater)
Salary: 50,00-60,000
Reference: 15626204
Job Published: January 17, 2018 00:00

Job Description

Food Innovation and Development Manager  

Our client a global giant in confectionary with a strong heritage in the UK and a chain of retail stores.  They are looking for an experienced food technologist/Innovation Manager to form part of a new Retail Marketing team. Based in London.  

About the Role

This is a newly created role and high-profile role which will form part of a brand-new Retail Marketing team.  Reporting into the Head of Retail Marketing, you will be responsible for driving the development of an instore range of products for the retail channel – from innovation strategy to hands-on product development   

You will liaise with marketing, R&D, production, third party suppliers and the instore teams to ensure that the brand visions are brought to life through a delicious and differentiated portfolio of products for loyal customers and a new target audience.    

This is fantastic opportunity to make a real difference and work on game-changing strategy.

Responsibilities Strategy:

  • Develop and drive the retail product strategy collaborating with the Head of Retail Marketing and all strategic partners through new range propositions for the various retail models.
  • Build on current brand values, customer insight, central/FMCG marketing and product range strategy and business objectives to define the vision and mission of the retail offer
  • Support the experiential programme in store with a tailored offer

Product development:

  • Create a robust stage gate system for innovation
  • Works in alignment with central Brand Marketing and alongside retail marketing to build compelling customer-focused new product and existing product development briefs
  • Drive the innovation pipeline and present plans up and down the business 
  • Act as consult and support for all shared FMCG/retail NPD/EPD Act as lead for all retail NPD/EPD projects- leading the build of new project briefs, driving timelines, building recipe costs, liaising with production and packaging teams
  • Lead instore innovation trials, alongside our operations team
  • Lead culinary development of products, selecting and evaluating all third-party suppliers
  • Commercial recipe build in line with agreed margin and sales targets
  • Technical liaison and ops team support Leads collaboration with 3rd party suppliers to ensure consistency with supplier base and parity quality across a roster
  • Provide kitchen training for the trial and launch of new shop items
  • Ensure technical specifications are accurate

Insights and Trends

Lead the dissemination of food trends throughout the business Lead NPD/EPD customer research, with support from the customer insight team Support the Trading team in the set up and monitoring of KPIs for all NPD/EPD.

About You 

  • Have a real passion for food – and be inspired by customer, food and drink trends. Skilled at driving forwards a strategic vision. A self-starter Can create structure and build process Good at building relationships and making allies Will thrive in a fast-paced environment Will enjoy making the job your own
  •  You must to have the following experience
  • You will have extensive experience in food development, and will hold a qualification in food science/technology, and will have ideally worked in retail.
  • You will be fluent in the commercials of recipe building and ongoing product KPIs
  • You will be used to using market research to validate concepts
  • Be commercially savvy You will have achieved success in a similar environment and will be a key influencer bringing concepts to live with key stakeholders and decision makers
  • You will have line managed with the ability to coach and develop others and drive team excellence

If this role sounds just like you, please get in touch.

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