Eden Search & Select are delighted to be partnering with PROPERCORN to find an outstanding NPD Manager to join their Product Team.
PROPERCORN launched seven years ago and have grown into one of the fastest growing independent businesses in Europe and the number one premium popcorn brand in the UK. They have won countless accolades and this year were awarded the “Best Brand to Work For” by Creative Pool. The passionate team continue to have even bigger global ambitions and with a real drive on innovation there couldn’t be a better time to join this incredibly dynamic and creative company. In this newly created NPD Manager role PROPERCORN are looking to offer someone the opportunity to be a thought-leader and pioneer in the snack category, develop a career with a rapidly expanding business and have the potential to grow a team.
You will be responsible for delivering the PROPERCORN innovation pipeline, developing new, original ideas and taking them from concept through to launch. You will lead the product development of large innovation projects / new range launches alongside the curation of the core range building collaborative supplier relationships to ensure the best innovations are brought to the business and are delivered efficiently through third party manufacturers. You will have a finger on the pulse of what’s new, relevant and emerging in both the food industry and macro food environment, using trends to design inspiring product solutions and feed the innovation pipeline. It is not all about creativity though as the role will lead feasibility assessments throughout the product development life cycle and utilise food science to solve problems and challenge industry norms.
Having studied food science or technology, we believe you will be a creative and experienced deliverer of great tasting products to market with at least 4 years of relevant experience to show for it. You will be passionate about taste and motivated by the challenge of making your creations fit for market by balancing commercial, technical and manufacturing requirements whilst working within brand guidelines. You will have a solid understanding of critical path management, able to forecast what’s required to deliver a brief in full and on time, as well as have the technical nous to tackle recipe / process challenges that may occur along the way so a solid understanding of HACCP and site technical standards will be important.
If you are excited by the opportunity to be an innovation thought-leader and develop a career with a rapidly expanding business please get in touch with Darren Houghton for more information and a confidential chat. Please note all applications are being managed by Eden Search & Select on behalf of PROPERCORN.