Assistant R&D Manager

Surrey, Leatherhead
£31600 - £36000 per annum
09 Jan 2019
16 Jan 2019
Manpower UK
Job Type

An excellent opportunity has arisen to join a world leading global organisation, our client are currently recruiting for an Assistant R & D Manager - Food Specifications, within the R&D function, based at their UK HQ in Leatherhead. This is a temporary role to start ideally ASAP and expected to run for 12 months. The salary for this position is paying up to a maximum of £36,000 per annum, depending on experience.

Main Purpose of the Role:

The snacking business in UK/Ireland generates over 100m€ turnover and we have an ambition to make it bigger and better!

Driven by our customers' ever-changing needs, we are looking for an experienced and creative R&D expert who will help us take our snacking brands (which include Pot Noodle, Pot Pasta, PrepCo and Red Red) up to the next level.

You will bring entrepreneurship and a passion to grow our brands, which together with your enthusiasm to know our consumers and customers will shape and deliver brilliant product experiences that will support our longer-term brand directions.

Main Accountabilities:

  • To fully deliver innovation projects whilst ensuring safety & quality standards are met

  • To monitor/ benchmark our competitors and carry out food-trends evaluation, sharing any insights with internal teams as appropriate

  • Keeping up-to-date with the latest food trends, you'll apply your knowledge and passion to identify opportunities for new products and concepts, and make suggestions to improve our current range
  • You will work very closely with our Marketing Innovation and Category teams to input product knowledge and customer insight, guaranteeing development is aligned with all of the key customer requirements.
  • Using your creative skills and passion for food, you will come up with new ideas for product claims and demos for customers, ensuring any claims can be substantiated
  • To train our consumer careline, sales and marketing departments on any relevant technical aspects of our current product portfolio as well as any new products to be launched

  • To deliver and maintain product specifications, including technical, legal, nutrition information and artwork approval

Key Skills:

  • Foodie, with a passion for innovation and new trends
  • A good eye for identifying up-and-coming market trends, with the ability to apply your research knowledge to translate your findings into workable products
  • A curious and courageous mind-set, and consequently willing to challenge the status quo
  • Project management skills
  • Time management and priority setting
  • Stakeholder management
  • Good communicator - articulate, with a effective and informative presentation style
  • Flexible to travel when needed

Relevant Experience:

Degree in Food Science or related

Previous NPD experience in Food in a fast-paced environment

Experienced with current Food Legislation and labelling in the EU

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