Nomad Foods Europe / Birds Eye

  • Senior Product Development Manager - Alternative Proteins

    Job Locations UK-Middlesex-Feltham
    Posted Date 5 days ago(16/05/2019 12:09)
    Job ID
    # of Openings
    Research & Development
  • Overview

    The Senior Development Manager role is a key role which demands experience and a strong track record in steering a team to deliver the innovation, renovation and cost saving program. Work-related travel to different sites and Bedfont is key to the success of this role.


    Key elements:

    • Strong consumer understanding and technical delivery
    • Expertise in the functionality of alternative proteins
    • Strategic awareness and influence
    • A passionate food enthusiast with broad understanding of international cuisines
    • Strong external network in the area of proteins


    • Formulate R&D Strategy regarding the alternative protein MWB. Bring the outside in and upskill Nomad Foods in this area from a technical point of view
    • Ensure appropriate R&D input to facilitate business decisions, effective portfolio management and project delivery (e.g. Stage Gate Process, Risk assessment)
    • Project manage and leads teams through technical aspects of major launches / larger business scale projects
    • Be knowledgeable re: key ingredients, in particular with alternative proteins and their functionality. Bring understanding of supply chains & manufacturing processes and deliver basic training to the rest of the business on this key area
    • Be knowledgeable re: Consumer Habits, Practices, Usage, Needs and Preference Drivers within alternative proteins to support the delivery of superiority through product design
    • Be knowledgeable re: diet and nutrition within the alternative protein category and markets and act as an ambassador of the Company Nutrition Policy
    • Predict and react to the cost / value equation – understand and be able to challenge the P&L to a level which enables appropriate actions to be taken
    • Identify and champion technology development leading to competitor advantage and margin enhancement
    • Monitor competitor activity and propose routes to maintain competitive advantage
    • Identify & develop opportunities for new product claims, PR, advertising and trade/consumer stories
    • Create a business case for, track and communicate project expenditure vs. an agreed budget
    • Effectively coach, mentor, develop and line manage a team of product developers
    • Embrace company values, drive culture change, promote positive challenge, build R&D capability (skills, competencies & process), address performance issues and develop key talent within team
    • Develop & deliver a strong innovation plan and strategy to win in the alternative protein frozen category across Europe
    • Combine technical experience, business capability and consumer trends, to drive growth and margin based on a detailed understanding of the consumer critical success factors
    • Be the owner in R&D of brand equity, responsible for delivering strategy and keeping consumer relevance at the forefront of product design
    • Ensure projects are professionally managed, resources are deployed and budget is allocated, to ensure successful and timely delivery, from idea through to launch. Manage any impact of changes to the plans accordingly
    • Build and maintain a strong working relationship with Centralised and local Marketing functions. (Including the maximising roll out opportunities)
    • Build and maintain strong relationships with the Supply Chain leveraging capability to deliver winning innovation and creative problem solving
    • Ensure all products in range are safe, profitable, competitive, legal and meet brand requirements and challenges others to do so
    • Understand how our existing products perform. Work with the sensory team to ensure consumer data provides direction for product guidance
    • Lead and promote ways of working that ensures competent technical input is provided to support product claims, PR, advertising, trade, consumer or any other business requests
    • Develop and lead product quality management programmes with Supply Chain partners to deliver the Quality expected by the Consumer and Customer
    • Develop talent within the organisation. Have CDP in place for all key talents



    • Relevant Science Degree – e.g. Food Science
    • Track record of successful innovation within non-meat protein category
    • Extensive external network across Europe
    • Track record of managing pan-European teams and people development
    • Proficient in English language
    • Extensive knowledge of the functionality and sourcing of non-meat proteins
    • Food raw material and process science
    • Product design and development (advanced)
    • Understanding of consumer and customer requirements
    • Nutrition understanding (advanced)
    • Innovation tools e.g. insight gathering, Consumer moderation
    • Concept writing, evaluation, filtering (basic understanding)
    • Sensory and consumer testing - qual. and quant. (working knowledge)
    • Project Management – advanced
    • Commercial awareness – advanced
    • Financial awareness – advanced
    • Local and European Food Product and labelling regulations understanding
    • Specification systems
    • Budget Management
    • People Management and proven development of others
    • Leadership


    • Extensive external network globally
    • Experience with frozen food
    • Spanish, German and/or Italian language skills



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