Head of R&D

Head of R&D (Europe) required for a leading Multi-site Food Manufacturing organisation.

Next Generation are currently recruiting an enthusiastic Head of Research and Development for a multi-site, multi-national, award winning food manufacturing organisation. We are seeking someone who will be responsible for managing a substantial team across the R&D function on behalf of the business. The successful candidate will be responsible for developing and implementing the Group R&D strategy and developing a team of R&D Managers and Technologists. This is an exciting opportunity for someone who wishes to develop their career in a well established food manufacturing organisation at a senior level. 

This is a permanent position. The role will be based between head office with some flexibility to work from home. Travel to other sites across Europe will be required for this position. 

Please note you must have a valid working visa to apply for this position. 


  • Develop and implement the Group R&D strategy across the business
  • Key point of contact for high level customer accounts from an R&D perspective
  • Manage multi-site Research and Development teams (20+) to ensure they are trained and a development plan is in place.
  • Develop close relationships with external customers and relevant internal functions to include Operations, Technical/Food Safety, Finance and Commercial teams.
  • Develop innovation plans to meet market needs in all customers channels and markets
  • Support customers on technical issues within the remit of Research and Development
  • Liase with sites and functions to support development and implementation of new products
  • 5-10 years' experience managing multi-site R&D teams in a food manufacturing setting
  • Experience managing high level business relationships with retail customers
  • Budget management experience
  • Degree qualified in a Food Science discipline, strong knowledge of European food safety and quality standards.
  • Proven ability to be able to liaise across a wide range of internal functions and external customers at a senior Level
  • Ability to travel within Europe (In line with Govt restrictions)
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills


The Next Step for you:

Should this position be of interest to you please forward your CV to Kate Curran at Next Generation Recruitment via the Apply button.

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