NPD Technologist

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Salary Description
28k to 31k pa
Contract Type

Job Title: NPD Technologist

Location: West Midlands

Salary:   28000 to 31000 pa

Hours:    8 am to 17:15 mon to thurs 8 am to 16:00 fri, must be flexible with hours    


Our Client is a Leading Food Manufacture based in the West Midlands, in which a new vacancy has arisen for a Specification Technologist.


What’s in it for you?

  • Reputable Company
  • 20 days plus statutory.


Job Role

To manage customer accounts and expectations by leading communication with customers

and delivering new products that are innovative, of the highest quality and market leading.

To support the NPD controllers in striving to continuously improve the service provided by

The company. To help ensure projects are delivered to the highest standards within agreed.

critical path timelines and commercial parameters set by both internal departments and

external customers

The NPD Technologist will be responsible for driving consumer led product development.

projects to meet the customer expectations.

You will be responsible for managing the development projects working with products from

concept through to launch.

  • Driving forward factory and technical standards.
  • Maintaining company quality standards, ensuring compliance with standards as well

as local standards, policies, safety requirements and applicable country laws.

  • Be able to project lead and communicate clearly and effectively across cross-function


  • Participating in customer-related groups, e.g. product teams, factory meetings, sales,

marketing and application related group meetings.

  • Manage critical paths efficiently to successfully launch product.
  • Gain knowledge of opportunities for NPD and EPD, by keeping up to date with new

ingredients and packaging formats.

  • Monitor new ingredients and material requested to ensure NPD and technical

procedures are followed correctly.

  • Experience in a kitchen development environment and knowledge of ingredients

functions and compounds.

  • Product benchmarking and sensory analysis.
  • Be able to research and brainstorm new product concepts and ideas professionally to


  • Awareness of product costings to develop and launch successful products.



The successful candidate will have the following:


 Industry recognised food technical qualification – HND/Degree or equivalent.

Some project management experience or factory experience.

 Aware of new market trends.


Undertakes routine formal and informal interviews within an established framework, involving others as required.

 Applies appropriate techniques to seek consensus through internal/external consultation to establish a 'win-win' scenario when feasible has an awareness of implications of concessions in dealing with mainly senior levels of business relationships

Develops a wide range of well established relationships both internal and external (including specialist contact) utilising these relationships to achieve positive business outcomes

Problem solving

  • Demonstrates a sensitive awareness of potential problems especially the likely

strategic impact and understands the implications for business performance and


  • Challenges the status quo and applies a variety of creative techniques to generate

and build on a range of possible options using internal and external sources to

resolve problems

  • Demonstrates enthusiasm for inviting others views from all areas of the business and

a preparedness to contribute and modify opinions for the optimum business solution

  • Obtain relevant information to undertake a thorough review to establish a balanced

view of the impact of options on departmental performance areas for business


  • Use modern techniques to identify a range of options and most favourable approach

to problem resolution, consider contingencies and plan ways to avoid negative

business impact

  • Ensures completion of the project/task within the specified targets, evaluating

successes against functional strategy/plans and recommending change



  • Establishes clear and demanding objectives focusing on the achievement of departmental goals measured by the improvement of department and individual performance
  • Regularly monitors the performance of individuals and the team to agree and establishes effective development requirements embracing current role and future potential
  • Demonstrates enthusiasm in developing staff encouraging the use of alternative approaches to training and development. ensures staff acquire skills and knowledge for current and future application • Promotes co-operation and the opportunity for teams to assume increased responsibility and authority. establishes all innovative and responsive culture to create team contribution to business improvement

Promotes effective business relationships using a limited range of influence styles,

diplomacy and reasoned argument to establish a network of internal contacts to

senior management level and customers.

  • Encourages co-operation and openness amongst staff ensuring feedback and

recognition for team and individual contribution

  • Uses factual and objective evidence to identify both positive and negative

performance and behaviours. adopts appropriate motivational approaches and

undertakes constructive discussion with individuals to maintain or improve


  • Ensures the business/functional financial plans have been met, evaluating overall

performance to establish improved task management processes



Workforce Manufacturing are responsible for thousands of temporary, temp-to-perm and permanent vacancies across the Midlands. We operate from several prime locations in the area and are likely to have an office right near you. Our team offer a unique service tailored to match your precise needs, and can assist you with the following job categories, Quality Engineers, Design Engineers, Project Managers and Production Managers. We are always on the lookout for the best talent, so if you know anyone, please do get in touch


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