Food & Beverage Senior NPD Manager 

GFIC is recruiting for a Regional leading FMCG company, Producing Powders, Culinery Products and Beverages, private owned with a long history, with a strong export, beeing present in almost 100 countries the


Senior NPD Manager 


Location: Southern Europe/Mediterranean Sea


Reporting to the Head of R&D, the Senior NPD Manager is the major product development specialist and leads a group of skilled product technologists. The NPD Manager is usually focused on one category and is a technical expert in his/her area and covers raw material, food processing as well as sensory knowledge. The Senior NPD Manager leads a small team of (senior) product technologists and technicians.


Key Accountabilities

Product I&R

  • Lead the  Product Development pipeline by ensuring effective collaboration with other departments to build strong concept briefs for assigned brands and leading projects from conceptualization to industrialization in the respective category

  • Leading the ingredient knowledge database by planning, organizing and performing a broad range of ingredient research and/or development activities utilizing, specialized knowledge to create differentiating technology and serving as a subject matter expert in the particular area whilst capturing all the information in an organized manner

  • Excellent ability to deduct conclusions from sensorial, consumer reports

  • Ability to create a climate of innovation – has passion for new knowledge, experiences and challenges

  • Keep abreast of technical development for ingredients, colours, flavours etc.

  • Build technical knowledge in area of emulsions, gelling, hydro-colloids, stability and processing

  • Ensure adherence to stability program in the respective category

  • Ensure lean product design is applied throughout the whole process


Technical Leadership

  • Develop ingredients solutions, design, and manage trials and experiments as required to deliver project solutions that meet the requirements defined across markets

  • Lead trials/experiments in kitchen/lab/pilot and factory scale to achieve all briefed objectives on time

  • Develop robust product specifications (from a nutritional and ingredient stand point) to ensure sustainable and flexible formulas that will meet consumer, quality and process needs

  • Work with in close relationship with leading suppliers and maintain supplier network

  • Participate and contribute as a member of a cross-functional team. Actively drive product and process conceptualization, development and scale-up. Interface on a project implementation team by assisting with hand-off from development to start-up and providing operational training as required


Team work

  • Demonstrate technical leadership by searching constantly for new opportunities

  • Challenge constructively at all levels

  • Orchestrate the definition of targets for the R&D project

  • Maintain and improve upon the communications between R&D and external contacts

  • Continue development of project leadership skills and technical expertise


Ideal Candidate


  • PhD or Master degree, preferably in Life Sciences



  • >5 years of Project Management experience preferably in R&D and/or Food & Beverages

  • >7 years of experience in R&D, Operations and/or commercial functions in Business Units

  • International experience/exposure to multinational environment


Technical skills

  • Food and beverage industry experience

  • Proven ability to understand ingredient interaction with processing parameters and packaging interactions

  • Solid understanding of nutrition and ingredient attributes

  • Advanced ingredient functionality, process knowledge across diverse food categories

  • Successfully managed small to medium sized groups of people

  • Good sensorial/consumer understanding

  • Excellent project management skills


  • Analytical thinking and problem solving

  • Planning and organizing

  • Creativity and innovation

  • Attention to detail

  • Building the brand

  • Drive for results

  • Verbal and written communication

  • Facilitation and Presentation



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