Product Development Manager

£26,953 (0.8 FTE £33,691) pa
29 Nov 2017
13 Dec 2017
Job Discipline
Brand & Product
Experience Level
Contract Type
Full Time

Product Development Manager

Food for life Served Here - Help us make Britain healthier through food.

Salary: £26,953 (0.8 FTE £33,691) pa
Contract: Permanent
Hours: 4 days (30 hours) per week
Location: Bristol, with occasional travel across UK

About us 

The Soil Association is a national environmental charity that is working to create a better more sustainable world through food and farming. A vital part of our work is engaging caterers across the country in our Food for Life Served Here (FFLSH) scheme - helping make Britain healthier through food.
Food for Life Served Here is a comprehensive framework for caterers to help them enhance the quality of their meals. The scheme sets out healthy, ethical and sustainability standards and promotes the use of fresh, local produce in meals. This has huge benefits for all involved. By engaging in our scheme and support services, caterers and diners alike can benefit from affordable meals that taste great. And engagement is at an all-time high - over 1.7 million FFLSH meals are now served every weekday and that number is growing. We are very proud of the impact our scheme is having and we are keen to expand our influence so that everyone across the country can know what it means to enjoy quality meals with fresh, healthy and local. Please follow this link to find out more about us.

About the opportunity

Food for Life Served Here goes beyond simply being a framework of quality standards. It provides caterers with packages of support and engagement opportunities to promote their brand. It also invites them to become a beacon of good food in their industry setting. This is a really exciting opportunity to play a critical role in developing our scheme into its next stage of development. As our new Product Development Manager you will lead us in a review of our current position and help us commercially prepare our scheme for the future - taking new concepts and products to market and building the foundations for their future growth.

Your role

As our Product Development Manager your focus will be on leading detailed knowledge of the scheme within FFL and customer insights, in order to grow and develop FFLSH’s ongoing success; this will involve providing key market insights and managing the development and review of all related Served Here products.

You will play a key role in managing the operational relationships connected to Served Here licensing and business development. You will be key to ensuring that we launch our current pipeline products successfully, and review our existing portfolio, making use of clear and effective project management processes to do so. You’ll also be identifying and developing the next phase of new products, building concepts and taking these to Market.

About you
To be successful in this role, we’re looking for you to come with the following experience:

  • Substantial experience of product development and management – demonstrating that you have practical experience/knowledge of the product development process in a commercial world and writing business proposals.
  • A proven track record of effectively delivering new products to market. 
  • Experience of developing products from concept to delivery – with experience of effectively testing and piloting new products.

Whilst knowledge of food and/or certification would be advantageous, we feel it is more important that you can work across diverse groups of stakeholders and develop products in an inclusive manner. Please read the full Job Description here.

If this sounds like you, we’d love to hear from you!

Talk to us 
If you would like the opportunity to speak to someone in the team about your skills and experience, please feel free to contact Ian Nutt, our Head of Development, by email at

Our Benefits
We offer a range of financial and lifestyle benefits to all our employees, including: 

  • 27 days annual holiday plus bank holidays, increasing to 30 days with service
  • A defined contribution pension scheme
  • Free membership of the Soil Association Charity
  • Discounts on organic produce, farm visits
  • Volunteer days to give back to the local community or support green initiatives
  • Family friendly policies, flexible working and childcare vouchers
  • Cycle to work, Bristol Pound scheme

Important dates

Closing date for applications: 9am, Tuesday 12 December 
If your application is successfully shortlisted, we will contact you to schedule an interview with Ian and the team.

If your application is successfully shortlisted, we will contact you to schedule an interview on Thursday 4 January, to be held in Bristol.

To Apply

Please apply by submitting your CV and cover letter (link below)

Thank you for your interest in the Soil Association, Food for Life and our job opportunities.

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