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NPD Director

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    25 days ago

NPD Director - 12-Month Contract

Location: UK/Ireland (Flexible), Must be flexible to travel

We are currently representing a prominent food manufacturing company with expansive operations in the UK and Ireland, seeking a dynamic and experienced NPD Director for a 12-month contract. As the NPD Director, you will play a pivotal role in shaping the future of the company's product development strategy.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Leadership: Directly manage a team of 5 managers and oversee the entire product development function, encompassing 30 professionals.

  • Strategy Development: Formulate and execute innovative NPD strategies aligned with the company's goals and market trends.

  • Cross-functional Collaboration: Work closely with other departments to ensure seamless integration of new products into the existing portfolio.

  • Budget Management: Take ownership of the NPD budget, ensuring efficient allocation of resources to drive optimal results.

  • Quality Assurance: Uphold the highest standards of product quality and safety, adhering to industry regulations and internal guidelines.

  • Market Analysis: Conduct thorough market research to identify opportunities for product improvement and development.

  • Stakeholder Engagement: Collaborate with internal and external stakeholders to gather insights and feedback, fostering strong relationships.


  • Proven track record in a NPD leadership role for a complex Multi-site Food Manufacturing (or related) operation

  • Strong team management and interpersonal skills

  • In-depth understanding of food manufacturing processes and industry regulations

  • Demonstrated ability to drive innovation and meet project deadlines

  • Excellent communication and negotiation skills

If you are a seasoned NPD professional ready to take on a challenging 12-month contract with a leading food manufacturing company, we invite you to apply. Join us in shaping the future of our product development and contributing to our continued success.

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Interested in this role? Please send your CV to Kate Curran at Next Generation Recruitment by clicking on the Apply button!

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