NPD Lead

Job Listing No: 9740000

NPD Lead

NPD Lead | Mullingar| €40 – €50k

NPD Lead: Overview

The successful applicant will be responsible for the New Product Development (NPD) projects from concept to launch and Existing Product Development (EPD). You will conduct Research, Technology and Innovation aimed at strategically moving the business forward ahead of its competitors.

NPD Lead: Duties

  • Development of concepts and new products for the business, including recipe and menu ideas
  • To manage or oversee the critical path process for all developments
  • To participate in the evaluation of current products/processes and suggest improvements & implementation plans
  • Develop clear Continuous Improvement targets
  • Develop excellent customer relationships, portraying a positive company image
  • Review current product range and identify opportunities for improvements
  • Manage Critical Paths for all NPD projects
  • Identify any non-conformances, investigate and close out accordingly
  • Setting & Managing NPD budget
  • To liaise with existing and potential new suppliers and your Purchasing Manager colleague to source ingredients, components and raw materials
  • To ensure specifications for new materials and components for all NPD / EPD projects are correct
  • To conduct line trials for new products and processes
  • To evaluate all product launches and oversee the handover to Technical and Production Colleagues
  • To chair and manage the operation of the R&D Funnel and Stage Gate processes
  • Product presentations to internal and external customers
  • Recipe and application development; preparation and distribution of product samples in a timely fashion to meet customer needs.
  • Setting and achieving KPI targets for NPD department
  • Enhance NPD and NPI internal processes

NPD Lead: Essential Criteria

  • You must have at least 3 years previous experience within a food manufacturing environment
  • Proven practical experience in product design from concept stage to launch
  • You will hold a relevant 3rd level qualification in a Food Science or related subject or have demonstrable experience in an NPD role
  • Experience of product development
  • Good knowledge of HACCP, BRC and Health & Safety standards

Salary: €40k – €50k

Consultant: Martin Sim

Ref: 894341A

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