Product Development Technologist - FTC

Posted 27 June 2024
Job type Fixed-Term - Full Time
Discipline Commercial
Job FunctionCommercial
Contact NameJade Cook
Expiry date 27 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 taste better.

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.


What you'll be doing


We have an interim opportunity for a Product Development technologist to join our team at Spalding for 6 months. 


As a Product Development Technologist your role will be to validate product developments and provide appropriate documentation and support to promote customer acceptance through to seamless product launches.


Key Responsibilities:

  • Input recipes onto the recipe management system to assess the cost and nutritional information and ensure delivery against the brief
  • Brief new, revised and repeat material requirements to the NPD buyers and packaging innovation team to ensure the correct resources are available for product development
  • Prepare all necessary documentation (feasibility forms, customer submission forms, concept to process handovers etc.) to ensure their accurate prior to product developer approval
  • Assist with the preparation of kitchen made samples as required to support the chefs/product developers in preparation for internal panels, nutritional testing and customer presentations
  • Plan, set up and prepare product, coordinating the ordering or purchasing of products for all sample requests booking courier transportation as required, document the findings and action plan for next steps to deliver a professional internal product panel for EPD, NPD and benchmarking
  • Complete kitchen organoleptic testing throughout the product shelf-life cycle documenting the findings and making suggestions for recipe reformulations to ensure the required shelf-life is achieved and quality standards are maintained
  • Follow the critical path timelines as directed, escalating and mitigating incomplete tasks and risks to prevent delays in product acceptance and launch
  • Consideration and inclusion of sustainability to all NPD and EPD applying rationale to development of products and supporting data input and collation
  • Accurate labelling of products and boxing of samples to be sent externally
  • Buy ingredient supplies and benchmark samples when required

This role will also require some travel to customers and retailers and therefore you must hold a full UK driving license and have access to your own vehicle.

  • Ideally educated to degree level with a specialism in a Food/nutrition Science, have entered via an apprentice route or has equivalent work experience in a similar role / environment
  • Has some experience / knowledge of food and the food environment
  • Demonstrates analytical skills and is fully numerate
  • Has good communication skills
  • Full UK driving license

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.


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


  • 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.