Process Development Manager

Posted 13 June 2024
Job type Permanent - Full Time
Discipline Technical
Job FunctionOperations
Contact NameMelissa Chandler
Expiry date 28 July 2024

Job description

Why Greencore?

We’re a leading manufacturer of convenience food in the UK and our purpose is to make every day.

We’re a vibrant, fast-paced leading food manufacturer. Employing around 13,600 colleagues across 16 manufacturing units and 17 distribution depots across the UK. We supply all the UK’s food retailers with everything from Sandwiches, soups and sushi to cooking sauces, pickles and ready meals, and in FY23, we generated revenues of £1.9bn.

Our vast direct-to-store (DTS) distribution network, comprising of 17 depots nationwide, enables us to make over 10,400 daily deliveries of our own chilled and frozen produce and that of third parties.

Here at Northampton, we operate one of the most impressive facilities in Europe, based across a campus of 5 manufacturing units, and we have a team of around 2,000 colleagues making high quality premium products every day. We are the sole supplier of sandwiches, wraps, rolls and sushi for Marks & Spencer.

What You’ll Be Doing

As Process Development Manager, you’ll work closely with your team to provide process, material and equipment knowledge in order to meet customer and Greencore’s requirements. You’ll also work closely with customers and other departments to ensure the projects run to plan, seeking feedback at all stages.

  • Responsible for the project management of all customer and category PD activity to meet the critical path and feasibility plans and ensure successful right first-time launches
  • Input product knowledge and customer insight within category team to ensure product development is aligned with all key customer requirements and meets financial measurements
  • Introduce, refine and robustly test the design of new product concepts throughout creative and implementation stage to ensure the feasibility, sustainability and ability to meet commercial targets
  • Lead feasibility meetings/internal reviews ensuring that site teams are kept informed of all activity updates and follow up actions are completed
  • Lead the PD team throughout the implementation phase, tracking progress and resolving issues identified within scale up trials, to achieve timely implementation and hit targeted launch dates
  • Custodian of product quality, ensuring accurate margin target delivery against the commercial brief
  • Build and maintain customer relationships, acting as the dedicated customer/category contact, to provide accurate and consistent communication internally and externally whilst identifying and resolving issues promptly
  • Stakeholder management of operational peers to promote collaborative ways of working and delivery of the NPD agenda
  • Develop the team capability through task focused coaching to ensure maximum performance and development to their potential

Monday - Friday, flexibility required for business needs


What we’re looking for

  • Experience of delivering high quality, sustainable, commercial products
  • Ability to lead multiple projects and prioritise own and others focus accordingly
  • Good understanding of food manufacturing principals demonstrated through feasibility of proposals
  • Demonstrated leadership qualities
  • Shows customer service values and is well respected by customers as a food authority
  • Desired: food related degree

We’re not all the same at Greencore and our differences help us to make every day taste better for all our stakeholders. We truly put our people at the core and are proud of our diversity.

At Greencore we put our people at the core. We celebrate their differences and help everyone to be themselves at work. Together we make every day taste better.

If this sounds like you, join us and grow with Greencore, and be a part of driving our future success.


What you’ll get in return

  • Competitive salary and job-related benefits
  • Holidays
  • Pension up to 8% matched
  • Life insurance up to 4x salary
  • Company share save scheme
  • Greencore Qualifications
  • Exclusive Greencore employee discount platform
  • Access to a full Wellbeing Centre platform

Throughout your time at Greencore, you will be supported with on the job training and development opportunities to further your career.