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New Product Development Manager

Location
Leeds
Posted
11 May 2024

Job Title: New Product Development Manager

Location: Leeds


Overview: We are looking for a Product Development Manager to drive strategic competitiveness, positioning, and portfolio management within my client's product team. In this role, you'll identify opportunities for product renovation and new product development. Under the direction of the Associate Director of Product and Business Development, you'll collect consumer insights, conduct analysis, develop business cases, and manage project delivery from concept to market launch. You will be joining a lean team with big opportunity for development and growth. You need to be agile, entrepreneurial and enjoy flourishing in an autonomous environment!


Essential Functions:

  • Market & Competitor Analysis: Analyse competitor activities, pricing strategies, product offerings, and market positioning to discern trends, customer preferences, and commercial opportunities.
  • Consumer Research: Plan and analyse consumer research, including studies, surveys, focus groups, and interviews, to understand buying habits, preferences, and behaviours and evaluate product concepts.
  • Product Development: Own and lead multiple NPD projects to ensure the delivery of projects on time, to budget and specification. Ensure all project documentation is in place for New Product Development (NPD) projects to progress through development stages, substantiate claims and satisfy regulatory requirements
  • Report Generation: Create reports, presentations, and visualizations to effectively communicate insights and recommendations to stakeholders.
  • Collaboration: Develop and maintain collaborative relationships with internal stakeholders (Marketing, Sales, Graphic Design, & Packaging) to achieve project goals.

Requirements:

  • Bachelor's or Master's degree in Materials Science, Engineering, Biological sciences, or similar
  • Minimum 5 years' experience in FMCG, Healthcare, or Medical Device product development
  • Desire to learn, develop and grow within the team
  • Strong presentation and networking skills; both internally and externally


Skills:

  • Strong organisational and project management skills.
  • Analytical and critical thinking skills for data-led decisions.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, especially Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Technical writing skills for documentation.
  • Ability to interpret data and present insights to non-technical stakeholders.
  • Excellent written, verbal, and presentation skills.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Collaborative mindset for cross-functional teamwork.

Benefits:

  • 25 days annual leave (plus bank holidays)
  • Paid day off for birthday
  • Private healthcare scheme (+ 3 months)
  • Occupational sick pay scheme
  • Death in Service scheme (+ 3 months)
  • Social events and engagement activities
  • Bonus scheme - 10%
  • Workplace pension scheme with 6% employer contribution
  • EAP (Employee Referral Programme)
  • Hybrid working.
  • Flexible working hours (core hours 10.00 - 16.00)
  • Salary on request

Join our team and contribute to a high achieving, growing and fun environment!

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