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Head of New Product Development

Food and FMCG

Dorset £50k – £60k + Bonus
permanent Job Ref: 6251


A leading consumer goods company has an exciting opportunity for a Head of Technical to join its senior management team. You will be responsible for the UK team, providing leadership and technical expertise to the beauty and household product development division. To be considered, you must have proven experience in NPD from commercialisation through to market delivery. You must also have proven experience in leading a team.

The Role

Key Responsibilities:

  • Technical leadership position accountable for quality and development of non-food health, beauty and household products
  • Senior technical point of contact for all customers
  • Quality assurance – giving direction to factory compliance team
  • Quality control – giving direction to quality inspectors
  • NPD – driving technical NPD and helping deliver innovation
  • Driving product innovation internally & with external partners
  • Leading & delivering Solent sustainability programmes
  • Directing product performance testing and standard setting
  • Implementing lean manufacturing and value optimisation
  • Developing skills and capabilities of the technical team
  • Managing a remote team in the Far East and travelling to China at least once per year
  • Where necessary escort customer visits to factories and oversee audits and/or quality

Key Competencies:

  • Leadership
  • Communication – internal, external, inter-disciplinary
  • Decision maker
  • Results driven ‘Can do’ mentality
  • Remote influencing


  • Proven record of managing teams and delivering success
  • Proven record of product delivery to market, ideally consumer goods
  • Retail technical development or retail supplier experience
  • Preferred degree educated in a technical subject but proven experience and credibility in product technical sign off, factory compliance and quality control is essential

For the right candidate, there is the opportunity to work 1-2 days from home.

Salary £50k - £60k + bonus and benefits

Job Ref: 6251