NPD Lead

DELI LITES are currently recruiting for a NPD Lead as part of the companies overall growth plan. To achieve this, the company has invested in facilities, capacity, technical expertise and sales resource, to ensure we are well placed to maximise the opportunities that will arise.

Job Description

We are currently recruiting for a NPD Lead to join our busy NPD team.

The Role:

DELI LITES are currently recruiting for a NPD Lead for our New Product Development team.

In your new role as NPD Lead you will support and assist the NPD manager and product development chef to develop sandwiches, salads, bakery items and other food to go products. You will also have a close link with all departments in order to co-ordinate and drive NPD of all products throughout the business from concept to launch process and setting up and maintaining standards.

As NPD Lead you will echo the quality, legality and authenticity of all our values at DELI LITES and give customers the opportunity to achieve their extraordinary results through the passion we have for our people and food. At DELI LITES we have a commitment diversity, equity, and inclusion in all that we do and welcome applications from all sections and groups within the community.

The Role:

Your Duties:

  • Management of key customer accounts, liaising directly with customers to report on project status & timelines
  • Representing dept. in customer and inhouse meetings
  • Ability to prepare and lead NPD dept. in customer & technical audits
  • Completion of customer portals
  • Liaising with NPI Manager, Sales Team, NPD Chef, Purchasing and Finance to help with the development and introduce new products / ranges to the business e.g. sandwiches, salads, dressings, bakery items ( this list is not exhaustive and will change as the business grows)
  • Assist in the development & integration of new products.
  • Ensure product samples sent to customers have been made as required and according to specification and customer requirements / DELI LITES Requirements prior to despatch.
  • Issuing and updating production specifications as and when required
  • Conducting quality assessments of product on an ongoing basis to include: taste testing and compliance to specification and competitor analysis
  • Monitoring of existing and new products to ensure product safety and quality meets product specifications.
  • Assist Technical to ensure WIP allergen information and risk assessment information is maintained up to date on an ongoing basis.
  • Establish critical path / timelines for the NPD process.
  • Arrange launch meetings and prepare the team as required in advance of NPD launches / changes

Desired Criteria:

  • Food related degree
  • New Product Development experience – 3 years +
  • Formal training of legal labelling compliance
  • Experience of some of the below software packages
  • Experience of some of the below customer portals

Nutritional Pro, Nice Label, Quick Design

Oracle, APP, Nutritics, Brandbank

In Return you will receive:

  • Competitive Salary
  • Discounted Award Winning Sandwiches, Salads, Wraps, Traybakes and Treats
  • Free On-Site Parking
  • Staff Mental Health and Wellbeing Programme
  • Staff Events
  • Staff Learning and Development Opportunities

Get in touch with our HR team via [email protected] to discuss the opportunity today.