Head of Development

  • Product Development
  • South West
  • £negotiable
  • W5974
  • If you would like to discuss this job, please contact:
    Dhrutee - 0345 2600 737

The Company

A great business who continually aim to make a big impact with their discerning customers are now going through exciting new changes. To help them achieve their ambitions, they are now seeking a talented Head of Food who can drive and deliver the food innovations strategy.

The Role

In this fast paced environment you'll take responsibility for managing the Innovations Team, taking full accountability for all products. Inspired by new food and consumer trends, you’ll work tirelessly to achieve commercial growth whilst developing new ranges that embody seasonal trends and a plethora of diverse customer tastes.

As a key member of the Senior Management team you’ll be able to influence the NPD strategy and help develop the innovation pipeline to ensure the category stays way ahead of its competitors. You will skillfully build and maintain customer’s product portfolio, creating a solid working relationship with the major retailers. You will also work closely with marketing & commercial teams to drive long and short-term NPD initiatives, bringing first to market products.

You will manage and develop your aspiring teams with your superb mentoring and people management skills as well as building influential relationships with retail customers, driving forward inspirational ideas to help deliver NPD and commercial strategy to support business growth.

The Person

Ideally, you will have worked in a similar position within food manufacturing and can utilise your wealth of experience to make an impact quickly. You’ll be adept at using your trend conscious mindset to strive for success and ingenuity in the development process to deliver business targets and initiatives.

You’ll need to have proven team management experience and enjoy mentoring, motivating and coaching teams to achieve success. You will have credibility in delivering NPD strategy within a fast paced food category as well as experience of working closely with the major multiples.

Finally, you will be commercially savvy and naturally at ease demonstrating how your experience and personal attributes have netted significant results throughout your career and now make you a shining prospect.


Although we do our utmost to respond to all applicants, there are times when this is just not possible due to sheer volume so if you have not heard from us within 5 working days then we are sorry to say your application for this role has not been successful.

Also, please note that we are only able to accept and respond to applications from candidates with eligibility to work in the UK and those who hold valid work visas.