Best-Graduates : GRADUATE NEW PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT NPD TECHNOLOGIST
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Within the UK their products are jams, preserves and chilled desserts and are sold through all the major food retailers and industrial channels. They have seen significant growth over recent years and the business now requires additional talent to continue its ambitious growth plans.
To support this growth, they are seeing an NPD Technologist to be based from their site in Somerset.
Reporting to the Innovation Manager this role supports the development and optimisation of the company’s product range in line with the strategy defined for the business.
Manage the new products launch projects, from the initial concept to industrialisation and launch in the factory, in conjunction with the company’s other departments: marketing, technical, purchasing, production and following the NPD procedure.
Create and manage critical paths for each project and co-ordinate such project by liaising with colleagues, customers and service providers to meet agreed deadlines.
To effectively manage end to end packaging development with right process and legal checks through to sign off.
Develop products, either pro-actively or in response to customer briefs, within the cost range given by marketing and provide the relevant documentation in liaison with quality and marketing.
Liaise with other departments to ensure new products, processes and ingredients. Meet production, quality and legal requirements.
Manage the organisation of the industrial trials, communicate the results, actions/improvements to be carried out and follow up on them. Ensure the products will be produced in the normal conditions on the current equipment, raise and communicate any concerns about possible difficulties.
Understand and know how to use the pilot plant and development lab, suggest improvements and notify breakdowns/malfunctions.
Give all the information to the production department, train staff and implement/update work instructions and documents to enable the manufacturing of the new products in the best possible conditions.
Assist factory to resolve any problems arising from product recipe and process.
Flexibility through working additional hours or change of working day at short notice.
Hands on attitude.
Excellent communication skills both written and oral.
Ability to work unsupervised and achieve results within tight deadlines.
Ability to work in a fast-paced environment.