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New Product Development Manager

Location: 

Dublin, IE

Job Type:  Food Safety & Quality Assurance

Working with Us

ARYZTA is a global leader in frozen bakery manufacturing, one of the largest specialty bakery companies in the world and the home of some well-known brands such as Cuisine de France, Coup de Pates and Seattle's Best coffee.  ARYZTA is for people who are passionate about what they do and doing it well. We take pride in our high quality, delicious food and in our leading position as the world's number one frozen bakery. Our employees are one of our key ingredients, and together they play a critical role in driving the continued success of our business. 

 

A great opportunity has arisen for an experienced NPD Manager to join our Quality Assurance team based in Grange Castle, Clondalkin, Dublin 22.

 

Overall Purpose of the Role:
Reporting to the Head of NPD & Food Safety, the NPD Manager will play a key role in developing and launching new and/or upgraded product concepts, project managing these concepts through the development process to launch on time and to cost, whilst ensuring that Quality standards are upheld.  
In this varied role you will build strong effective relationships with key stakeholders within the customer base and internally so as to be on the forefront of customer briefs and NPD teams within our bakeries. You will be the main point of contact for Specific customer technical queries, resolve issues and management customer technical request, manage customer visits to sites, including Non Aryzta sites, where necessary and ensuring positive outcomes. 

 

Main Duties & Responsibilities include:

 

New Product Development:

  • Ensure the business is at the forefront of innovation and aware of new competitor launches and current food trends.
  • Ensure that all new products are developed in line with product briefs. 
  • Ensuring knowledge of new product development across the group and the suitability of them for UK retailers. 
  • Clearly communicate development briefs (product, price and technical requirements) to each site and have constant communication through the entire development process. 
  • Ensure that all raw materials sourced are in line with preferred suppliers & customer brand standards.
  • Ensure that all products developed are in line with company strategy and that all developments are well communicated to all internal functions.
  • Ensure that product benchmarking and new product panels are being carried out both internally & externally (with customers) across all our categories
  • Work hands-on in the test bakery where required.

 

Innovation & Market Awareness:

  • Ensure a rolling NPD programme with aligned customer through projected NPD plans.
  • Maintain an up-to-date knowledge of the food retailing market, eg. via trade press, food magazines & competitor shopping, to ensure development of cutting edge & market leading products.
  • Carry out all necessary benchmarking activity on a regular basis (online customer system)

 

Customer Skills

  • Develop strong & lasting relationships with customers by continual communications by way of updates and NPD plans.
  • Present new products & upgrades to the customer in a professional manner, demonstrating your bakery, food ingredient & process knowledge & expertise. Preparing samples, presentation packs & any theatre required.
  • Working ahead of the brief

 

Other:

  • Coordinate and communicate the status of all NPD projects
  • Ensure a close working relationship with the Sales  and technical team
  • Attend internal & external taste panels when required
  • Attend and lead weekly NPD meetings
  • Attend site development meetings when possible
  • Evaluate new & existing raw materials when required
  • Conduct store visits on a regular basis
  • Ensure a close working relationship with the aligned sites
  • To be aware of and comply with customer brand standards and FSA standards

 

 

To be successful in this role you will poses:

  • Experience in an NPD manager role with retail customer experience
  • Love of food and deep knowledge of food trends
  • Great project & time management skills
  • Skills & experience of customer contact including presentations
  • Drive & impetus to go out & seek new ideas and drive to launch
  • Excellent interpersonal & communication skills at all levels
  • Able to work both as an individual & a team player
  • Need to be creative and have a thirst for knowledge
  • Not frightened to challenge the “norm”
  • Ability to create a favourable first impression, project yourself well and present with confidence
  • Have an outgoing & confident approach
  • MS Office working knowledge (Excel, Word, Powerpoint)
  • Demonstrate an above standard knowledge & understanding of food
  • Excellent presentation skills

 

In return to your experience we offer:
•    A competitive remuneration package;
•    22 days pro-rata of annual leave that grows to 26 days with length of service;
•    Great team environment and supportive culture;
•    Modern, bright and spacious office;
•    Subsidised canteen / restaurant and free coffee;
•    Flexibility to work remotely a few days a week subject to business needs;
•    Free car parking;
•    Bike to work scheme;
•    Gym onsite.
 


 

Your Application

At ARYZTA our employees are our number one asset and one of our key ingredients. If you are interested in applying for a position in ARYZTA please submit your complete application documents (CV and motivation letter). We are looking forward to receiving your application on http://www.aryzta.com/aryztacareers.

Our aim is to promote equality of opportunity and fair treatment for all job applicants.