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Culinary & Innovation / NPD Specialist

Culinary & Innovation / NPD Specialist

  • Sector:

    Life Science

  • Job type:


  • Salary:

    Market related

  • Contact:

    Renata Kormann

  • Contact email:

  • Contact phone:

    +353 19609778

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  • Published:

    over 3 years ago

  • Expiry date:


Culinary & Innovation / NPD Specialist 

(Food Industry)


Next Generation is recruiting a C&I Specialist for a leading FMCG company based in Kildare.

You will be responsible for launching approved products through the factories and to be an active member of the innovation project team.



  • To organise product and sample submissions to customers and participate in presentations externally and internally to stakeholders and customers
  • Arrange trials and pre-production trials on new products through the pilot plant and the manufacturing unit
  • Drive the launch of new product concepts through the approved Stage Gate Process ensuring each stage is documented & signed off according to procedure
  • Completion and recording of customer trackers, product costings, sensory analysis trials, competitor benchmarking and shelf life analysis trials from an organoleptic and microbiological point of view
  • Completion of cooking instruction validation and calculation of nutrition profiles of the products
  • Sign off finished product specifications in conjunction with QA for all new lines. Design QAS documents and approve all defect standards with the teams
  • Complete 1 st production/launch sign off with the relevant teams and with the customer. Complete post-launch reviews and issue reports to the business teams
  • Work with production and QA in relation to customer codes of practise, process improvements / yields / improving process efficiencies and cost reduction projects.
  • Be part of the drive for innovation within company by participating in brainstorming, synectics sessions and trend analysis forums and market safaris


  • Third Level Degree in Food Science or Culinary Science or related subject is essential
  • 3+ years' experience in a New Product Development role within a FMCG company
  • Excellent communication skills to seniors, suppliers and customers



The next step for you:

Should this position be of interest to you please forward your CV to Renata Kormann from Next Generation Recruitment or alternatively call on the main line on +353 1 6629120.

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