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NPD Project Manager

19/02/20 Kildare Neg

Permanent full-time

My client, a leading Irish food producer is looking for an NPD Project Manager to join their team in Kildare.

This is an excellent opportunity for you to be part of a fantastic team and play an active role in the ideation stages of strategic planning within all areas of the innovation process.

You will be a key driver of the stage gate innovation process and you will deliver each project within the agreed timelines set out by the business.

If you have a strong passion for good food, an in-depth knowledge within the areas of nutrition, food safety and culinary techniques related to cooking meat then this may be the role for you.

Main Duties

  • Lead on your assigned projects from the start of the brief to the final review within the stage gate process.
  • Responsible for gate review meetings at each stage of the stage gate process.
  • Attend all required daily and weekly meetings, ensuring that you maintain all required KPI reports as agreed with your S&I Manager.
  • Give presentations to customers and visit their facilities, leading the technical discussions, offering consumer insights and concepts.
  • Update your own project innovation pipeline on a weekly basis, communicate any significant changes or delays to the required team members.
  • Demonstrate a high level of competence in food/meat science, food processing, food legislation, specifications and recipe management.
  • Completion and recording of all sensory or benchmark analysis, product evaluations and concept reviews in line with expectations.
  • Maintain a high standard of cleanliness when using any of the facilities, from desks, kitchens, pilot plant to factory equipment.
  • Any other reasonable tasks as outlined by your direct manager.

Key skills and requirements

  • Organisational skills to include reporting, adherence to systems and providing updates on a timely basis.
  • Experience managing Stage Gate process.
  • Excellent communication skills with the ability to lead and facilitate weekly meetings.
  • Technically minded and keen to problem-solve using LEAN principles.
  • Ability to positively influence and encourage pace of projects and success.
  • The ability to work effectively in a team is essential.
  • Previous experience in a similar fast paced environment.
  • 3+ years NPD experience.
  • BSc in Food Science or similar.

Please apply by sending your CV to Joanne Walsh at or call for more information.

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