Development Chef, Somerset

Salary: £40K
Sector: New Product Development
Location: Somerset
Job type: Permanent

Job Description

?? Join Our Culinary Innovation Team! ??

Are you a passionate and creative Development Chef with a flair for culinary excellence? Do you have a taste for innovation and a desire to shape the future of food? If so, we have an exciting opportunity for you!

About my client:
We are a leading food manufacturing company based in the heart of the UK, dedicated to crafting delicious and high-quality food products. My client is a family business with more than 30 years of award-winning experience and as they continue to grow, they are on the lookout for a talented and dynamic Development Chef to join their innovative team.

The Role:
· Creative development of new recipes aligned to customer briefs, demonstrating understanding of customer policies/ brand standards.
· Understanding of operational capabilities with key customer outlets with a view to improving operational simplicity through concept offer
· Identifying gaps and opportunities leading to pro-active ‘blue sky’ development creating solutions to stretch our categories and business growth
· Sourcing of new ingredients from national and international suppliers & understanding supplier capability.
· Manage the NPD kitchen ensuring excellent standards are always maintained including food safety and hygiene standards are maintained and all records are well documented and up to date.
· Responsible for kitchen stock control liaising with suppliers, managing sample requests and supplier feedback.
· Motivates and inspires the business to new higher levels of food & ingredient quality.
· Creating and presenting products with confidence at customer tasting meetings and taste internal taste panels.
· Having final product sign-off from a quality perspective.
· Participate in brainstorming sessions and bring to life a bank of ideas & focus development.
· Lead product tasting to provide the team with feedback & thought suggestions for improvements where needed.
· Participate in brainstorming sessions and bring to life a bank of ideas & focus development.
· Support the NPD teams with repeat sampling when required and conduct relevant shelf-life testing and heating trials.
· Completion of accurate recipes within internal systems, working with the NPD teams to ensure product feasibility for manufacturing sites
· Establish & build relationships with key customer contacts.
· Attending and contributing to the daily stand-up meeting within the Agile framework to discuss planned and completed work tasks, and assist the team by removing blockers where possible
· Promoting a positive friendly ‘can do’ attitude within the department
· Attendance at selective food exhibitions/ shows/ seminars and summarisation of interesting ingredients/ trends/ products found that could be of use across the business. Then share inspiration & findings with key customers.
· Attendance of corporate events and functions, as and when required.
· Ability to identify and forecast new food trends within market categories.

What they Offer:
· Competitive basic salary
· 20 days holiday (pro rata)
· Your birthday off
· Health care scheme
· Enhanced maternity and paternity pay
· Other company benefits
· 9am-5pm Monday-Friday (with flexibility)

Desired Skills and Qualifications:
· Education from a food-related college e.g., NVQ Level 2 in Professional Cookery.
· Food Hygiene & Food safety qualifications up to Level 3.
· Previous experience as an NPD chef in a leading role.
· FMCG industry experience.
· Strong understanding of a food manufacturing environment.
· Customer-facing presentation skills.
· Passionate about food and ingredient quality.
· Food photography experience.
· A valid UK driving licence is essential.
· Permanent Right to Work in the UK

Personal attributes/Skills
· Inquisitive approach to food and manufacturing with an ability to identify new food trends.
· Excellent organisational skills.
· Computer literate.
· Highly numerate.
· Good food presentation skills.
· A self-starter.
· Ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
· Relishes working in a fast-paced environment in a hands-on capacity with a problem-solving mindset. Supports a culture of continuous improvement.
· Has a natural can-do attitude and attention to detail.
· Shows initiative, enthusiastic and positive.
· Creative/Innovative personality.
· Ability to cost a recipe.
· Can learn to use new software quickly e.g. recipe costing.
· Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal.
· Willingness to travel to suppliers/clients or between offices.

Join us on this culinary journey as we redefine the future of food together!

Meet your consultant
Emily Greene
emily.greene@drnewitt.com

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