The Role

Here at Hain Daniels we are currently recruiting for a Head of NPD for our meat free range. We are a leading player in the fast paced ‘meat free’ market with the license for the Linda McCartney brand and multiple OL contracts. Our meat free site is based in Fakenham (Norfolk) and our commercial office gravitates towards Histon (Cambridgeshire). The Head of NPD is responsible for the overall management and development of the meat free 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. Working alongside the Senior Management Team, the Head of NPD is expected to have a high level of input into the business’s strategic direction. A collaborative working style is essential in order to realise the ambitious business targets, in delivering successful NPD into the market. This role will ideally be based at Fakenham and travel to Histon will be required.

Key Responsibilities

  • Managing the existing Meat Free Launch Procedure (Stage & Gate Process)
  • Team Leadership and development
  • Working closely with Head of Marketing and Sales Controller in, creation and maintenance of an integrated development strategy, in line with overall business objectives
  • Developing food values and expanding knowledge
  • Building and maintaining good 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 working at a similar level in FMCG or similar environment within the food industry, with experience of managing teams.
  • Experience of both NPD concept and process is preferable.  A good balance of creativity and innovation versus process and pragmatism.
  • Full driving License
  • Must be able to travel

About Us

The Hain Daniels Group is one of the UK's leading food companies. With sales of c£500m, 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. 

Learning and Development 

We offer Management and Leadership Development programmes appropriate to an individual's role and skill level, as well as a broad range of other training and development initiatives, including an extensive e-Learning suite to help self-serve your own development further.

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!