Product Developer - FTC Wisbech

Posted 16 February 2024
Job type Fixed-Term - Full Time
Discipline Commercial
Job FunctionCommercial
Contact NameJade Cook
Expiry date 10 May 2024

Job description

Why Greencore?


We are a leading manufacturer of convenience food in the UK and our purpose is to make everyday taste better.

We supply all the major supermarkets in the UK. We also supply convenience and travel retail outlets, discounters, coffee shops, foodservice, and other retailers. We have strong market positions in a range of categories including sandwiches, salads, sushi, chilled snacking, chilled ready meals, chilled soups and sauces, chilled quiche, ambient sauces and pickles, and frozen Yorkshire Puddings. 
In FY22 we manufactured 795m sandwiches and other food to go products, 127m chilled prepared meals, and 249m bottles of cooking sauces, pickles, and condiments. We carry out more than 10,600 direct to store deliveries each day. We have 21 world-class manufacturing units across 16 locations in the UK, with industry-leading technology and supply chain capabilities. We generated revenues of £1.7bn in FY22 and employ approximately 14,000 people. 
We work hard to ensure that Greencore is a great place to work, and our people truly are at the core. We’re committed to ensuring all our colleagues have development plans and strive to provide inspiring leadership – in fact, in the past year we’ve seen an 11% increase in the number of colleagues who would recommend Greencore as a place to work.

Join us and be part of our great team!


What you'll be doing


We have a a 12-month fixed-term contract opportunity at our Wisbech site that would suit an experienced Product Developer.  You would be joining us during an exciting period of growth and transformation, helping to shape our innovation and the future of our food agenda.


Here at Wisbech, we have a team of 450 colleagues and manufacture premium chilled ready to cook meals for major retailers such as Asda and Co-op.


As a Product Developer, your role will be to develop new, and modify existing products, in line with written briefs, customer expectations and financial targets to create products of sustainable and repeatable quality and sustainable cost.

In this role you will be required to:

  • Develop new and existing recipes into commercially viable products, benchmarking regularly to gain awareness of the market for a competitive advantage.
  • Create recipes alongside the chefs, input recipes onto the recipe management system and review the accuracy of all recipes inputted by the product technologist and chefs to ensure they meet cost, weight and nutritional requirements.
  • Ensure the viability of new raw ingredients from an operational, technical and product development perspective to bring innovation and challenge to existing Greencore policies and practices.
  • Complete and/or review and approve all relevant documentation (feasibility forms, customer submission forms, concept to process handovers etc.) to ensure accuracy of information shared internally and externally.
  • Put all products through the feasibility process; working with the commercial, operations, technical and purchasing teams to solve any issues to ensure concepts are repeatable, sustainable and scalable.
  • Compile product costing information and adapt recipes to balance food quality with achievement of commercial brief targets within customer brand standards.
  • Present benchmarking, existing (EPD) and new products (NPD) at internal and customer presentations, passionately demonstrate good market and food trends awareness, to achieve product approval.
  • Follow the critical path time lines as directed, escalating incomplete tasks and deficiencies in testing, to ensure that mitigating action can be taken to prevent delays in product acceptance and launch.
  • Assist the process team with the scale up production trials, as required, to ensure production quality matches the kitchen quality signed off by the customer.
  • Provide leadership and direct to ensure that across the team people are kept safe, engaged, focused, developed an delivery to their potential.

What We’re Looking For

  • Previous experience of working in a fast-paced environment
  • Analytical; comfortable with producing and reviewing costings
  • Proficient in all elements of product development from concept to launch
  • Proven track record of successfully validating products and producing high quality documentation
  • Confident in presenting to all levels within the business and directly to customers
  • Experience in people management

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. 


If this sounds like you join us, 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
  • 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.