EU Technical NPD Manager - Flexible location/multi site

East Midlands Region
up to £65k (DoE) + company car + private pension, 15% bonus , private medical cover
31 Jan 2018
24 Mar 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

The role of the EU Technical NPD Manager is to maintain and grow the cooking solutions business through the commercialisation of new projects within microwave /ready meals food packaging.

·         To lead the development and commercialization of new microwave / ready meals packaging structures.

·         To provide specific technical support and advice for cooking solutions projects to the sales team and specific key customers.

·         To be main European point of contact on cooking solutions for Global R&D.

·         To offer operational support for continuous improvement.

·         To develop and maintain effective relationships with key customer contacts.

·         To identify business opportunities, new technologies and threats in the market.

·         Meet with customers across Europe to assess their food packaging needs, design cook testing/analysis, and use results to develop new microwave packaging concepts.

·         Conduct research and development on the incorporation of microwave heating technology into food packaging.

·         Offer customer guidance on the interaction between the food & functional packaging.  

·         Writes materials, manufacturing, and performance specifications for new microwave packaging products.

·         Compose detailed reports on research findings and present these to senior staff and customers.

·         Optical analyses in support of MW, and other initiatives including cooking analysis, and reverse engineering for the detailed breakdown of individual components of samples for thickness, structural ID, etc.

·         Assists in material-related projects and programs 

-          Consistently work to achieve agreed cooking solutions new business sales targets.

-          Identify suitable potential target customers for new business opportunities.

-          Maximise new business opportunities, in terms of profitability, suitability and the company’s marketing positioning.

-          Continually project the Company name and present its products to potential customers.

-          Contribute to exiting customer business strategy plans and negotiations, as appropriate.

-          Ensure commerical, marketing & sales teams are fully briefed on existing and new customer requirements at all times.

-          Submit details of activity and forecasts as appropriate

-          Safeguard the company’s interests in regard to confidential commercial information.

-          Establish competitor activity within customers and identify threats to or weaknesses in existing key business categories, and report fully on.

Person Specification:

·         BSc in Food Technology, Physics, Chemistry, Material Science or Chemical Engineering is preferred.

·         Computer literacy – specifically spreadsheet and presentation software

·         MS or higher is a benefit.

·         MS Project would be an advantage


·          Food technology, packaging technology, material science / analysis or lamination would be ideal

·         knowledge of the interaction of microwave energy with food and food ingredients.

·         Direct customer communication, reports / presentations.

·         Complex project management.

·         Understanding of  wet-chemistry laboratory techniques including: extractions, formulary, mixing, pH, viscosity, NVR, etc.

Interpersonal Skills:

·         Fluent English

·         Ability to work in multi-cultural environment 

·         Additional languages would be an advantage

-         Available to travel within Europe & the US when required. 

·         Effective internal negotiation skills.

·         Ability to identify and analyse threats/opportunities.

·         Self-motivated/achiever.

Key Interfaces : Global R&D, Marketing/Sales/Commercial teams, Production, Design, Commercial.    Major food & retail companies.

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