Product Development Manager

Posted 25 April 2024
Job type Fixed-Term - Full Time
Discipline Commercial
Job FunctionCommercial
Contact NameJade Cook
Expiry date 25 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! 


We currently have two fixed-term contract openings available at our Northampton location to cover two maternity leaves. 


What you'll be doing


In this position, we are seeking a seasoned Product Development Manager capable of making an immediate impact, supporting our Food to Go business for our esteemed customer, M&S. 


Your role will be to lead customer/category Product Development (PD) activity to achieve Greencore’s great food and commercial targets, deliver right first time launches and act as the customer’s first point of contact. 

  • Responsible for the project management of all customer /category PD activity to meet the critical path 
  • Input product knowledge and customer insight within category team to ensure product development is aligned with all key customer requirements and meets financial measurements 
  • Lead feasibility meetings ensuring that people are kept informed of all activity regularly and ensure actions are completed 
  • Lead the feasibility meetings ensuring all outputs are deliver to the right standard 
  • Ensure that technical and quality standards are achieved whilst maximising profitability 
  • Build and maintain customer relationships acting as the dedicated contact to provide accurate and consistent communication internally and externally whilst identifying and resolving issues promptly 
  • Develop the team capability through task focused coaching to ensure maximum performance and development to their potential 
  • Stakeholder management of operational peers to promote collaborative ways of working and delivery of the NPD agenda 
  • Custodian of product quality, ensuring accurate margin target delivery against the commercial brief 

What we’re looking for


A solid understanding of Product Development within food manufacturing is critical to this role. 

  • Ideally, you will be educated to degree level with a specialism in Consumer Science or equivalent knowledge gained through on the job training 
  • Experience of delivering high quality, sustainable, commercial products 
  • Demonstrable ability to lead multiple projects and prioritise own and others focus accordingly 
  • Good understanding and experience of food manufacturing principals demonstrated through feasibility of proposals 
  • An experienced leader with proficient leadership qualities 
  • Demonstrable customer service values and is well respected by customers as a food authority 

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, 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.