United Kingdom
Food Manufacturing
£38000 - £48000 per annum, Benefits: benefits
A leading FMCG food manufacturer is currently seeking a Senior Development Chef to manage and maintain the on-going development of new and existing and quality products primarily in support of the Company Sales Plan for the client accounts.
This role will work within a broad product range, branded and own label for retail, foodservice and wholesale.
Former experience within chilled, frozen, ready meals, meat or meat free innovation will be deemed advantageous.
You will require a proven track record of blue-sky innovation within a manufacturing environment to be considered for this position.

Senior Development Chef responsibilities:

Blue sky thinking – product development
Initiate and undertake market research to monitor and assess developments within the product range
Ensure compliance of all relevant Health & Safety, Food Hygiene and Environmental Legislation in the Production Development kitchens and associated locations
Identify market niches and opportunities to which existing products could be tailored and new products developed
Liaise closely with the Commercial, Production, Purchasing, Finance, Technical and other departments to ensure consistency within the development of new products, and improvement of existing products
Review and evaluate the success of new products and product enhancements and to provide feedback to Company Management to enable future activities to be more effective from experience gained
Understand the processes and capabilities and develop innovative products that fit existing site capabilities and push the boundaries for new innovative products
Undertake effective liaison with external, internal customers/contacts, to support product development activities whilst maintaining the necessary confidentiality requirements
Liaise with the buying department, including assisting in sourcing of raw materials, which add value to the product whilst maintaining the necessary margins
Co-ordinate and ensure adherence to the NPD Critical Path Planning Framework.
Effectively work within the development kitchen in formulating new innovative recipes, and improvements of existing recipes
Ensure that any new products or product enhancement is feasible, safe and takes account of the capacity available within the production areas
Be responsible for communicating recipes to Finance within appropriate timescales and responding to any queries as appropriate, liaising with the relevant function to achieve a solution and therefore closing out the query
Submit recipes with full costings on time and in full, using the company Costings Spreadsheet
Be responsible for communicating methods for product launches and recipe changes as appropriate
Arrange and co-ordinate product samples, requirements and deliveries.

You will be a Development Chef / Senior Development Chef used to working in a high speed, food manufacturing environment.
You will be creative and innovative and be used to developing products for retail and food service accounts.
To apply, please email a cv.

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