Job Description


We are now looking for someone to join our NPD team as a Development Assistant. This role will be responsible for assisting in the creation and development of NPD & EPD, commercially successful products.



The day to day role of the Development Assistant will include:



  • Manage repeat specially made sample request procedure end to end (including sample collection and despatch to the customer). Liaise with marketing on mock up packaging.

  • Participate in kitchen QAS’s for new product launches before handover to gate 2

  • Log new raw materials entering the kitchen onto the tracker

  • Kitchen trial raw materials for NPD and EPD projects. Organise panels, record results and feedback to Concept Development Manager and procurement team

  • Support in completing kitchen micros and organoleptics

  • Attend and input into benchmarking sessions

  • Update concept recipe sheets including photos

  • Awareness of current food trends and packaging. Feed ideas into NPD/EPD product development

  • Support in presentation of product concepts and input ideas at weekly NPD meetings

  • Assist with preparation of lunches and prepare and serve huddle food

  • Assist Product Developer with management of Food Ideas box and make up concept ideas for staff

  • Support the food team as required – Process Team and Development Team

  • Shopping for ingredients and benchmarks

  • Prepare kitchen and samples for weekly tastings

  • Practice clean as you go

  • Ensuring kitchen meets GMP & HACCP standards through liaising with technical

  • Re stock kitchen as required and ensure all ingredients are labelled with traceability

  • Update Sage system & other relevant paperwork in a timely fashion

The right person will have:



  • An interest in food   

  • Planning and organisational skills to manage own workload

  • Ability to juggle more than one thing at once

  • Work to tight deadlines and can cope with pressure

  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written

  • Attention to detail

We’d also love it (but it’s not essential!) if:



  • You are proficient in Microsoft Excel, basic Word and Outlook

  • You have Level 2 Food Safety & Hygiene

  • You are able to present in front of a small audience

In return, we can offer you a competitive salary and bonus package, an online benefits programme via our Higgidy Hub, access to our Bupa Employee Assistant Programme, as well as a generous annual leave allowance which increases with every years’ service.