The Role

Hain Daniels Chilled and Frozen is an FMCG business with a number of leading household brands (Linda McCartney’s, The Unbelievable ALT, Meatless Kitchen, New Covent Garden Soup, Yorkshire Provender and  Cully & Sully) and own-label contracts supplying the leading retailers.  The company operates across multiple channels and numerous categories including:  Frozen Plant Based Meals, chilled Plant Based Meals, Chilled Soups, Chilled Hot Eat Desserts and Chilled and Ambient Plant Based Drinks.

We are looking to recruit a Head of NPD for the Plant based business unit.

The Head of NPD is responsible for the overall management and development of the Plant Based NPD team, taking products from concept through to launch, including the factory trial process.  The role encompasses the management of those products manufactured at Fakenham, as well as control of the NPD process of co-manufactured goods.  The stage and gate process, with all associated procedures, needs to be strictly enforced and improved where required.

Key Responsibilities

  • Development and Implementation of global innovation strategy for Plant based.
  • Process and procedure improvement
  • Developing food values and expanding knowledge
  • Team leadership and development
  • Building and maintaining working stakeholder relationships
  • Budget management

What you will need for the role / what it will take

  • Degree or equivalent in Food Science or related discipline
  • Experience in chilled or frozen food industry
  • Experience managing teams
  • Mandatory experience within plant based development or process
  • NPD Concept and process is essential

What can we offer you?

  • Competitive salary
  • 25 days annual leave, plus 8 Bank Holiday
  • Option to purchase additional annual leave
  • Flexible working options
  • Pension
  • Medical benefit and access to a 'Wellbeing' portal
  • And access to a HUB that offers many discounts from a range of suppliers and retailers

About Us

The Hain Daniels Group is one of the UK's leading food companies. We create food and drink products with natural goodness at their core. We're the business behind a host of household brands - Hartley's jams and jellies, Sun-Pat peanut butters, New Covent Garden Soup Co., Linda McCartney's meat free food, and Yorkshire Provender to name a few. Nearly half of our business is private label - we create quality freshly prepared fruit and juices, desserts, soups, sweet spreads and meat free products for our retail partners. 

Our Vision 

To make it easier for everyone to lead a healthier, balanced lifestyle. Without our great team of people, this vision couldn't be our reality. 

Top Talent across the UK

Over our 12 sites up and down the UK, we employ circa 3,100 people in roles within Production, Supply Chain, Product Development, Sales and Marketing, and through to our Finance, HR, IT and beyond. Each of our colleagues is vital to our continued success. That's why we target the best talent, and help to develop them through the ranks. In fact, almost a third of our vacancies were internal promotions and transfers last year. 

Our Business behaviours

As a business we strive to promote from within and our underlying business behaviours really enable us to drive this strategic objective. We believe we can provide an opportunity for all individuals to grow and achieve with Hain Daniels through demonstrating core behaviours such as ambition & energy, collaborative working, honest communication, innovation, delivering excellent quality, embracing versatility and equality

If Hain Daniels sounds like the company you'd like to contribute your energy and enthusiasm towards, and come on an exciting journey with us, then we can't wait to hear from you!