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NPD Manager

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good just got exciting! Using technology to create the world’s No.1 healthier snack brand, graze continues to grow and offer new ways for our consumers to snack. We combine a love of food with a pioneering use of technology and product innovation to create delicious snacks with healthy benefits. We’ve come a long way since we shipped our first nibble box becoming one of the fastest growing companies in the UK with our recent entry into the US market viewed the most successful launch in history for a UK brand.

The role...NPD Manager

The New Product Development Manager (NPD) role is part of a dynamic and passionate NPD team, you would be working on innovation that is changing the face of healthy snacking in the retail landscape.

What you’ll be responsible for...

You will be managing NPD projects from concept to launch and to succeed in this role you’ll need to;

  • Develop product concepts for launch into retail and online.
  • Manage multiple projects to time, budget and quality.
  • Conduct competitor reviews and product benchmarking.
  • Look after existing product development – cost/quality optimisation of range
  • Present concepts to the NPD team, Brand Director + and Senior Management Team.
  • Brief suppliers and work closely with them in order to meet briefs in the best possible way.
  • Manage the complexity of implementing signed off concepts and product changes into the wider business, with strong cross functional leadership (production, procurement, marketing, customer services, tech etc).
  • Work cross functionally in project teams to deliver innovation projects.
  • Manage one direct report

What we are looking for in you...

  • Ideally you’ve worked within NPD for 3+ years
  • To have managed new product development delivery fully, from idea generation to end product
  • Understanding of current and future food trends
  • Excellent attention to detail and have the ability to work with speed and agility
  • An inquisitive and entrepreneurial nature with a determination to get the right answers
  • Experience of managing and influencing multiple stakeholders
  • A confident and results focussed self-starter
  • Highly numerate and strong excel capability would be advantageous
  • Experience in bakery would be advantageous!
  • Passion for food and an interest to learn in this area

What we will expect in first 6 months...

  • Gain a full understanding of the competitive landscape
  • Gain a full understanding of our total product range – online and retail, UK and US
  • Gain a full understanding of our innovation and New Product Launch processes, both online and retail
  • Kick off and management of multiple NPD projects
  • Have built strong relationships within the business to ensure that your projects run smoothly

What’s in it for you?

  • True end to end NPD opportunity as you will be responsible for concept creation through to delivery into the retailers
  • graze is a young company, moving into new commercial areas including Retail, Online and new geographies, so you’ll be joining a progressive and expanding company which offers learning and opportunity for you to grow.
  • There are some seriously smart, agile, informed, helpful, modest, funny and dedicated people in the business!
  • You’d be part of a culture that revolves around us doing a great job by being helpful, open, inclusive, pioneering, commercially aware, persistent and honest. 
  • We encourage active learning with access for all employees to our studio sessions, job specific learning and networking opportunities.
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