Product Developer NPD Foods – Harwich, Essex.

Role: Product Developer – NPD Foods

Status: Full Time / Permanent
Location: Harwich, Essex.
Salary: Competitive/Negotiable.

Surya Foods is one of the largest suppliers of authentic world foods in the UK and the company behind fastest growing UK rice brand, Laila – part of the rapidly expanding, family run Flying Trade Group (FTG) which boasts an annual UK turnover in excess of £150 million and operates in over 30 countries, growing at 27% in 2020 already.

Impressive growth has seen us enter the 2018 Sunday Times Top Track 250 league tables and the Sunday Times International Track 200 in 2019. We have over 1000 customers, including supermarket giants Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury’s, Morrisons, Aldi, Lidl, Co-Op, Iceland, B&M, Farmfoods & TJ Morris. We have a vibrant business with Bestway, Brakes and Bidfood in our every growing food service channel. The lifeblood of our business is the 1000 independent stores we supply across the UK. We have created an online store selling over 2000 SKU’s and we continue to export our brand internationally throughout Europe. Finally, we represent some leading imported brands including Britannia Biscuits, FOCO, Costa, Ajinomoto and Samai as part of our World Foods ranges.

With rapid expansion plans over next 3 years, we are planning to launch another 100 SKU’s in 2020, bringing new products and innovation to every sales channel. We are dramatically expanding our business with new capacity, new manufacturing capability and a much bigger and better commercial, marketing, product development, technical and buying team. We are embarking on a journey from specialist World Foods supplier to a leading FMCG mainstream manufacturer that is truly multi-channel and global.

We are recruiting, on a permanent basis, an experienced Product Developer working across all channels and categories, on private label and brands in the following categories;

Snacks – Pellets Snacks, Ethnic Mixes and Nuts Ambient
Core ambient commodities – Rice, Pulses, Flour & Spices
Cooking Aids – Sauces, Accompaniments & Ingredients
Frozen – Hand-made ethnic snacks

The main responsibilities of the role will be to:

Own the company “product development plan” across all Food categories.
Project manage product development from idea generation to launch including consumer panel approval.
Work collaboratively with Commercial Director and Category Planning Manager to identify and creating a progressive market leading NPD pipeline.
Work collaboratively with Technical and Production to ensure products meet the quality and operational requirements.
Work collaboratively with the Buying team and suppliers in sourcing the best ingredients at the most economic level.
Present product ranges to major customers with Category Planning Manager.
Deliver an NPD programme that is on time, within budget and meets target sales and profitability.
Deliver an EPD programme that consistently improves product quality / packaging and/or drives further value chain efficiency so we give customers greater value.
Develop the existing product development team to greater capability through effective mentoring.

The Ideal candidate will:

Have 5 years product development experience within a major retailer or branded / own-label manufacturer
Have a proven track record of successful food product development
Proven project management skills
Be able to lead and implement processes
Cope well under pressure and deliver results
Proven track record of leadership, team management and influencing skills.

If you enjoy a fast paced environment and want to join a growing business with great future career prospects, then we would love to hear from you.


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