Head of NPD & Innovation

Location
England,London
Salary
£75000 - £90000 per annum
Posted
04 Sep 2019
Closes
02 Oct 2019
Ref
14044584/001
Contact
Leroy Marke
Job Discipline
Innovation & NPD
Experience Level
Director
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time
Outstanding opportunity to lead the NPD & Innovation programme for a brillinat quick service resstaurant brand.


Client Details

Our client is the largest restaurant group in Europe with over 4000 sites.

They've been a powerhouse of Quick Service Restaurant category known for marrying quality with value.

Having achieved a huge presence and instant brand recognition, they are shifting their focus on profitability and are betting on investment in marketing as a key lever to drive this.

The Head of NPD & Innovation will be the latest addition to the rapidly expanding UK team.


Description

Reporting into the Marketing Director, the Head of NPD & Innovation will form a part of the leadership team with full responsibility for all product development and ensuring all NPD is aligned with market trends and consumer requirements,

You'll be expected to:

* Focus on developing UK&I exclusive products with a long lead & short lead strategy
* End to end cross-functional project management - delivering innovative, delicious products on time & within budget, from concept to customer testing and instore launch
* Works closely with Suppliers, Supply Chain & Packaging team to ensure exclusive products are briefed to suppliers correctly & feedback on submissions is properly provided
* Supports Marketing Director, UK & I across multiple senior stakeholders workstreams.
* Works collaboratively with a cross-functional team including marketing, advertising, customer care, CSR and internal communications
* Develop exclusive NPD strategy with the support of Global and European NPD teams, that maximizes the UK&I Calendar & delivers 24month pipeline of products across premium, core and value range
* Works closely with Suppliers, Supply Chain & Packaging team to ensure exclusive products are briefed to suppliers correctly & feedback on submissions is properly provided


Profile

The Head of NPD & Innovation will need to demonstrate excellent, commercial understanding of food along with a track record of bringing NPD to market in a leadership capacity.

You will have worked within Quick Service Retail ideally and have the ability to balance a strategic mindset with a willingness to be hands-on with the process.

As you'll be managing multiple projects and stakeholders within the UK and wider European business, it's essential that you have held a leadership position preferably owning the NPD & Innovation agenda.


Job Offer

£75,000 - £90,000 + Package