We are looking for a passionate Development Chef to join our dynamic team. As a Development Chef, you will be at the forefront of all new product innovation and existing product renovation working closely with the management team to bring new products to market – from inspiration sessions to new concepts, right through to product launch. You’ll work closely with the NPD Manager to research consumer trends and concepts for future products.
Leading idea generation to develop new product prototypes and improve existing ones
Working cross-functionally with Sales, Production, Marketing and Technical teams to ensure successful product innovation and development
Conducting trials to check for consistency and training production staff on new products
Working with relevant teams to ensure product launches meet production and quality standards
Ensuring all recipes and processes are up to date on internal systems
Making samples for customer / internal requests
Troubleshooting with Production and Technical teams to ensure quality of products
Conducting market research, innovation days and trend analysis.
Ensuring the NPD kitchen operates to a high standard, including in compliance with food safety and hygiene standards at all times
Working alongside the NPD Manager and purchasing to source and analyse new ingredients and / or packaging
Working closely with NPD Manager on new packaging designs
Diploma in Professional Cookery, Food science degree or equivalent
Proven experience in NPD within the food manufacturing industry, with a track record of successful product launches.
Experience ideally with development of sweet food products within a food manufacturing environment.
Excellent culinary skills and creative flair
Ability to work cross-functionally and influence key stakeholders
Ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment
Organized and willing to support on impromptu requests
Passionate about food and commercially aware