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Senior Technical and NPD Manager

30/07/20 Longford Neg

Permanent full-time

Quorum have partnered exclusively with Europe’s fastest-growing food company to hire a Senior Technical and New Product Development Manager.

My client has recently invested €30 million in expanding its world-class facility in the Midlands, the business is expected to double in the next 3-4 years.

The successful candidate will lead, grow and motivate a talented and established team of NPD, NPI, Technical and Quality Assurance employees. They will have overall responsibility for managing all customer audit requirements and supporting the delivery of innovative high quality products, working closely with all internal teams in delivering business results.

This is a customer-facing role, hence, established relationships with key Retailers across the U.K. and Ireland would be beneficial. Using a combination of product and process knowledge, you will be responsible for the development of products from concept to delivery, using stage gate.

This role would ideally suit someone in a broad Technical Management role with a background in NPD.

The role offers an excellent opportunity for an individual who would like to work in a dynamic and innovative growing environment. An extremely competitive salary and benefits package is on offer in addition to guaranteed opportunities for internal progression.

Role & requirements:

  • Managing and developing the Technical, NPD and Quality teams through the Performance Management Process
  • Owning the development lifecycle with responsibility for managing technical risks throughout projects
  • Delivering the budget targets for the department
  • Ensuring Quality Management and Systems Compliance and quick reactive responses to customer enquiries on all aspects of product quality, food health and safety concerns
  • Managing all customer audit requirements (BRC/ PIU/ Ethical etc.)
  • Providing technical direction for the development, design, and systems integration for customer engagement from definition phase through implementation
  • Applying significant knowledge of industry trends and developments to improve consumer knowledge to our customers
  • Assessing product development deficiencies and implementing effective solutions prior to factory trial execution
  • Executing the effective management of all the aspects of scale up trials through the NPI process teams
  • Identifying competent raw material suppliers that will support innovation at competitive pricing
  • Adhering to and enforcing best practice standards throughout the manufacturing facility
  • Managing customer interaction and expectations regarding new product development projects
  • Continually identifying opportunities to increase customer satisfaction and deepen client relationships through consistency panel evaluation and quality improvement plans
  • Developing and implementing the next phase of the company’s sustainability program
  • Leading the development of the Origin Green Strategy
  • Coordination of quarterly and annual, internal meetings and external reporting

Skills, qualifications and experience required:

  • Third level degree in Food Science or similar
  • NPD/Technical/Quality Management experience within the Food Industry
  • Minimum 8 years Senior Management experience
  • Established relationships with Irish & UK Retailers and/or Food Service companies
  • Impressive development & launch achievements
  • Strong Leadership, Influencing, Interpersonal & Relationship Building skills
  • Experience in building, leading and developing teams
  • Proven ability to manage and influence established teams
  • Creative & Innovative with strong attention to detail
  • Strategic & Analytical Thinker
  • Excellent Planning, Organising and Time Management skills
  • Change Management & Crisis Management

Please apply by sending your CV to Brona Clarke at or call for more information.

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