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Development Specialist

West Yorkshire   •  Permanent

Bullet points

  • Build and develop effective working relationships with stakeholders
  • Reports to: Product Development Manager

About Our Client

Customer: Help to increase company Own brand penetration. Delivery of Process Management.

Operational: 100% Green launches. >85% brand panel pass rate. Review projects. Review Liberate programme. Attainment of the Stage and Gate

Job Description

Customer (internal and external)

  • Working collaboratively with on site stakeholders, external suppliers and Central product development to agree ,develop and deliver product briefs

  • Understanding stakeholders requirements and impact

  • Organising benchmarking sessions and competitor reviews as required

  • Delivering samples for various Trade / PR / Marketing events

  • Working with the Product Development Manager in identifying emerging food / market trends and competitor activity, and gather necessary information to provide insights and direction when receiving a brief


  • Communicating the development briefs and product launch plans in a simple and engaging way

  • Building excellent working relationships to allow you to engage with all stakeholders to successfully carry out factory trials, production runs and smooth transition into operational production.

  • Leading, training and motivating teams to increase their skill set to drive performance


  • Ensuring 100% adherence and accuracy to the manufacturing stage/gate process steps and procedures

  • Doing the physical hands on development work from issued Product Development briefs (site project brief creation)

  • Working closely with the procurement teams in raw material sourcing

  • Being present at all factory trials, documenting relevant data, facilitating relevant meetings and preparing all relevant paperwork

  • Ensuring the accurate production of customer samples

  • Ensuring timely communication to suppliers. Raising any risks / issues at early stage of the process.

Sales and Profit

  • Maximising of own brand sales and share growth via new product introductions on site

  • Identifying and managing cost saving initiatives via recipe engineering, process and alternative product sourcing (PMR)

The Successful Applicant


  • Passionate about developing exciting products for our customers

  • Taking pride in the delivering of products for samples /reviews

  • The ability to assist in specifying and implementing factory equipment

  • Ability to consider the financial implications & feasibility when developing new products


  • Communicator who always provides a clear rationale

  • The ability to build and maintain strong relationships across team


  • A deep understanding of the physical category you are specialising within and ability to physically develop the product ranges

  • The ability to develop the products and an excellent knowledge of the factory operation in which you are developing them within.

  • A proven track record of developing products that are successful, profitable and meet the brief and the transferring them to production

What's on Offer