Nomad Foods Europe / Birds Eye

  • Assistant Product Development Manager

    Job Locations UK-Suffolk-Lowestoft
    Posted Date 1 week ago(16/05/2018 14:51)
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  • Overview

    The Assistant Product Development role is a significant role in the organisation which requires experience in product development and technical project management to implement the agreed program. The role requires the ability to “self start” and work independently with minimum supervision.


    You will be responsible for managing 1-2 new product projects, working with the team to develop new recipes, running trials, organising tastings and working with a number of key stakeholders.


    • Good knowledge of key ingredients, supply chains and manufacturing processes through conducting trials and regular contact with suppliers, procurement and SUs
    • Awareness of consumer habits, practices, usage, needs and preference drivers within the allocated product area
    • Identify and develop new products/technologies based on an awareness of the consumer and of the business requirements and capabilities
    • Apply knowledge of preference drivers in product development work
    • Understand the cost / value equation and apply it in product design – which attributes do consumers really value and want to pay for and which they do not value
    • Ensure the nutritional profile is given a high priority when designing new products or renovating existing ones, highlighting issues and opportunities and ensuring products met the nutrition KPIs. Act as an ambassador of the company nutrition policy
    • Build and maintain strong relationships with colleagues in R&D and other functions
    • Technical project management of NPD and EPD projects (e.g. a new variant) in accordance with the agreed procedures to ensure successful and timely delivery of the projects
    • Encourage cross-fertilization of knowledge with colleagues in R&D
    • Provide technical input to support product claims, PR, advertising and trade/consumer enquiries
    • Maintain a constant awareness of competitor activity, regularly review competitor products and propose routes for maintaining competitive advantage
    • Provide R&D input to project stage-gate documents
    • Proactive and timely communication of opportunities, progress, issues, risks etc. to R&D management and key stakeholders
    • Embrace company values and culture 


    • Support professionally managed projects in accordance with agreed procedures to ensure successful and timely delivery of the projects, from idea through to launch
    • Represent R&D within cross-functional teams to deliver range extensions, renovations, innovations and cost savings
    • Support to ensure all products in the allocated product area are profitable, competitive, legal and meet brand requirements
    • Provide all specifications (raw materials, consumer, product, packaging), BOM’s and Safety by Design data, whilst ensuring products, raw materials, packaging and ingredients are harmonised wherever possible
    • Ensure all necessary trials are completed satisfactorily and documented, reference samples stored and risks communicated. Monitor costs of trials.
    • Ensure all products/prototypes used for consumer research are safe are representative
    • Generate accurate technical data



    • Relevant Science Degree – e.g., Food Science or experience in FMCG product development


    • Experience of working in FMCG food business
    • Experience with frozen food

     Knowledge and Skills


    • Food raw material and process science
    • Product design and development
    • Understanding of consumer and customer requirements
    • Nutrition understanding
    • Project management
    • Financial awareness – working knowledge
    • Specification systems and origination


    • Innovation tools e.g. insight gathering, concept writing (basic understanding)
    • Sensory and consumer testing - qual. & quant. (basic knowledge)
    • Local and European Food Product and labelling regulations understanding (basic understanding)
    • Recipe systems / SAP


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