Job Title: NPD CHEF, Consett, County Durham

Job Reference: MPB-NPDC
Company: Available upon application
Sector: Food, Beverages, FMCG
Salary: Up to £33,000 dependent on experience
Location: Consett, CountyDurham
Job Type: Permanent

Job Description:

To work with the concept development team to develop creative & innovative products to enable our client to keep ahead of their competitors in their product development & innovation

Member of the site NPD team, reporting into the Product Development Manager

1. Innovative & creative concept development
2. Delivery of innovation projects
3. Culinary expert
4. Packaging & raw material development
5. Food trend knowledge

*Creative & foodie
*Team player
*Bright, able to think ‘outside the box’
*Ability to be flexible
*Enthusiastic and positive

Willingness to:
*Visit & work out of different factories across the Client\'s sites
*Stay away overnight on business when required
*Work longer hours when required.

The post holder is also expected to carryout the following duties in order to fulfill the position to a satisfactory level:
*Adhere to Company’s Equal Opportunities and Health & Safety Policies.
*Ensure high quality standards and hygiene are maintained.
*Adhere to Company Financial procedures.
*Respect individual and Company confidentiality rights.
*Support a culture of continuous improvement.
*Show commitment to personal and team development.

1.Innovative & creative concept development
*Provide culinary support for NPD team as & when they required assistance on product briefs
*Participate in tastings to provide the team with trained culinary feedback & thought suggestions for improvements where needed
*Provide direction/ advice on recipes when required by team
*Attend & present products at key customer presentations
*Participation in brainstorm session (internally & external) to build strong bank of ideas

2.Delivery of innovation projects
*Working with company briefs to deliver innovative solutions to stretch categories
*Clarify brief, research when required then develop concepts to fit

SMT & Senior NPD team presentation of innovation concepts for approval to progress
*Handover of innovation projects (concepts & associated detailed) once approved, to the relevant NPD team member
*Always be on the look out for new business opportunities
*Work with the Innovation team as a whole and the Group
*Development Chef on group wider projects

Skills / Duties:
3.Food trend knowledge
*Tracking of food news / restaurant reviews
*Study of current food and market trends to be able to determine future trends that will emerge and then draw insights for our business
*Understand and interpret industry developments in our key areas
*Attendance at selective food exhibitions / shows / seminars and summarisation of interesting ingredients / trends / products found that could be of use across the business

4.Packaging & raw material development
*Share contacts with team through up to date and informative packaging and supplier database
*Develop innovative packaging concepts for our current and also new categories
*Hold strong relationships with key suppliers to encourage development of new raw materials
*Organise and manage regular supplier presentations and workshops to the concept development teams
*Understand the new ingredients out in the market and how they can be utilised
*Build relationships with potential suppliers
*Using the contacts you have ensure that suppliers come to our client first with new / exciting ingredients

5.Culinary expert
*High profile lunches (internal and external)
*Training in specific culinary areas for wider team
*Source of knowledge for teams on all culinary areas
*Impart knowledge to wider team

* Fully qualified chef
* Full driving license

* 5+ years experience in restaurant chef role
* 1+ year experience in NPD chef role

* Primary kitchen based with work in chilled environments
*Travel will be required to other sites / supplier / customers and for comparative shopping
* Handling and preparation of food

20 days hols plus bank hol
40 hours Monday to Friday

Country: United Kingdom
Region: Durham
Salary up to: £33,000

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