The role and department
We are seeking a Product Development Technologist with a proven track record of delivering innovative new products and continuous improvement . The successful candidate will be seeking a challenge and the opportunity to make a real difference.
The role of Senior Development Technologist will allow you to ‘make your mark’ and contribute to sales growth through multi-functional team working and a creative and customer focused approach to product development.
Reporting to the Senior Product Development Manager , you will take ownership of projects at all stages of the development process from concept through to launch.
The successful candidate will have a key role in transforming our Wiltshire Farm Foods product range and supporting accelerated growth.
Who we are
apetito is the UK’s leading supplier of food to the health and social care sectors. Servicing over 400 hospitals, 450 care homes and thousands more through our work with Local Authorities, we produce delicious, nutritious and sustainable meals for people at home or in care. Through our food we look to ‘make a real difference’ to all our customers, up and down the country.
Established in 1958, as a family-owned business, our values sit at the very heart of what we do. We are proud to be a business that ‘makes a real difference’, committed to producing ‘great food to be proud of’. We have developed a range of products designed to ‘enhance health and well-being’ for all our customers. We are proud supporters of British food and farming and focus on using the best ‘ethical and sustainably’ sourced produce.
We are driven by a ‘passion for service’, dedicated to feeding some of the UK’s most vulnerable people, offering healthy and delicious meals to customers across the UK.
Ethical & Sustainable
As a business which operates within food manufacturing, we believe we have an obligation to make a positive contribution on society. With over 300 products in our range, we ensure our produce is ethically and sustainably sourced, working only with suppliers who share our commitment to making a positive impact.
We’re a proud member of the Ethical Trade Initiative (ETI), a leading alliance of companies, trade unions and NGOs, that promote respect for workers rights globally. All our new suppliers now operate under the ETI’s guidelines.
We are also a member of The UK’s Plastics Pact, an initiative looking to transform the plastic packaging industry in the UK. As part of the initiative, we have committed, along with other ambitious targets, to eliminate unnecessary single-use plastic completely by 2025.
We have also made a commitment to our employees – we’re recognised as an accredited Living Wage employer by the Living Wage Foundation. Joining an elite group of FTSE 100 companies and public sector organisations.
Here at apetito, we take our duty to give back to our local communities and chosen charities very seriously. In 2018, we raised over £30,000 for Alzheimer’s Support and Alzheimer’s Society alone, thanks to the incredible efforts of our employees and charity committee. We also support our communities through the apetito Staff Foundation, which gives financial support to the chosen charitable causes of our staff and their children. Since 2005, we’ve raised over £175,000 for these charities.
The succesful candidate will use their project management, creative and commercial skills and experience to manage and deliver market leading product development from the concept stage through to launch .
Ensuring development projects are delivered to agreed timescales, standards and meet project objectives.
Proactively identifying new opportunities and innovations to improve our food , enhance our customers experience and create competitive advantage.
Provide support to the Product Development Manager and the broader team with shorter term tasks and longer term strategic initiatives.
Drive continuous product improvement including cost, quality and nutrition
Lead cross functional teams to deliver agreed project objectives.
Produce kitchen scale samples to agreed quality standards.
Prepare accurate product costings.
Develop commercially viable and innovative products
Employing best practice, continually striving for improvement and supporting our aims to deliver world class service and results.
Support the Product Development Manager with team development.
Conduct market reviews to identify food trends, market activity and identify new opportunities
Build strong relationships with external organisations such as suppliers and professional trade bodies to support our business objectives.
- A successful track record within food product development
- Experience of working with others to achieve demonstrably successful project outcomes
- Experience of successful multi-functional project management
- Degree level qualification
- Experience within frozen or chilled food manufacturing
- Experience within prepared meals
- Experience of identifying and delivering cost savings
The successful candidate will be innovative, proactive , adaptable and conscientious, with good communication and team working skills. They will be tenacious with the ability to drive projects forward to successful completion and will work well with others to achieve this.
This is a great opportunity for a candidate who is passionate about food and looking to make a significant positive impact for our customers and our business.
A genuine passion for food, with a can-do attitude, ability to influence others; good team working skills, drive to challenge and improve .
Excellent culinary skills, can demonstrate commercial awareness, good presentation skills