The Role

Hain Daniels are currently recruiting for a Senior Product Developer to lead exciting new plant based initiatives within a dynamic team.  Whilst the plant based category continues to grow we are looking to extend our team.  This is a great opportunity for you to work in a fast paced environment, with great exposure on our core offering, the  Linda McCartney branded products.

An original food pioneer, Linda McCartney believed in great tasting, honest, meat free food and the shared pleasure that eating well could bring. Those involved in the brand today, including The McCartney Family, are dedicated to sharing Linda’s passion for wholesome cooking with everyone. We are inspired daily by Linda’s enthusiasm for celebrating life through good food. And so our unique range never compromises on taste or quality and is made with care and compassion.

The role of the Senior Product Developer is to work with the Head of NPD and Global Plant Based Steering team to create a catalogue of products that delights our consumers and customers.  Leverage deep consumer understanding and raw material knowledge within the business to build a range of base recipes designed to deliver competitive advantage to Hain across multiple geographies, brands and price points.  Support the NPD Manager in the UK by leading a number of NPD briefs from brief to concept sign off

Key Responsibilities

  •  Develop understanding of the sensory attributes that matter and drive liking for consumers by key market segment and region
  • Development of Global catalogue of base recipes that meet sensory clusters need states by price point
  • Build relationships with relevant outside suppliers, customers & agencies in order to understand the latest trends and how to interpret them and feed key insights and implications to the global plant based steering team on a quarterly basis
  • Responsible for product development & all it entails from the initial concept/ brief stage to post launch review
  • Ensure the Launch procedure is adhered to & all paperwork is completed  accurately  & in a timely manner

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

  •  Food related degree or course or studying towards one
  • 2-3 years + product development experience ideally gained within alternative proteins
  • Good communicator
  • Ability & willingness to be flexible

What can we offer you?

  • Competitive salary 
  • 25 days annual leave, plus 8 Bank Holiday
  • Option to purchase additional annual leave
  • A day off work to support our charity partners
  • 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 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 6 sites up and down the UK, we employ circa 1,200 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!