Development Lead (Maternity Cover)

Seven Search & Selection
Closing date
27 May 2021

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Food & Drink
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You will be responsible for delivering global industry leading product development and innovation within the growing Herbal market. drive New Product Development in accordance with commercial goals and company ethos; provide best-in-field advice on development initiatives to suit target markets; support Existing Product Development.  

Our client:

  • An iconic brand and a global business, who are real disruptors within the industry!
  • Category leading business, with continued innovation and huge ambitions for continued growth
  • Excellent company culture, passion for environment and sustainability

The role:

Coordination & Leadership of Herbal Development

  • Inspire leadership within the Herbal Team and more widely in innovation and herbal development across all categories.
  • Work with Marketing to consider and help develop product portfolio to drive innovation and improvement across range.
  • Guide the delivery of Herbal Development by working with the Herbal Director and others on the overall Development Strategy, including process and formats.
  • Manage the Herbal Development budget and allocate resource effectively.
  • Nurture and develop the development team.
  • Lead strategic value-adding projects to support the 5-year business plan.

Herbal Development Activities

  • Manage the development of global market-suitable NPD and EPD blends for all formats (Tea, Supplements and new) in line with Gate Process.
  • Work with Marketing to consider how best product portfolio can develop in line with commercial objectives and the Strategic Business Plan.
  • Deliver technical reports and updates to the Herbal Director and Commercial Team regarding innovation, herbal development, and herbal markets.
  • Lead R&D activities with an eye for technical detail and a comprehensive grasp of the bigger picture of business strategy
  • Grow as an expert on products, herbs, standards, and values.
  • Create original thought-leadership within the field of natural medicine, tea, supplement, and other herbal product categories.
  • Work closely with Quality Control and Sourcing to streamline herbal product

Ideal candidate:

Qualifications, Knowledge & Experience

  • Qualified with a degree in Herbal Medicine, Food Technology, Nutrition, or another health-related discipline.
  • Evidence of commercial success working in a product development arena.
  • Experience leading R&D projects with a cross-functional team.
  • Strong project management skills.
  • Expert in natural medicine, healing traditions and science.
  • Good knowledge of the broader context of the environmental movement, especially organic agriculture, Fairtrade, FairWild.
  • Previous experience working in a development capacity within food or a food supplement business.
  • Understanding of quality systems including the principles of GACP and GMP.
  • An understanding and practical application of herbal and nutritional formulation skills.
  • Experience of leading, managing and influencing people

Skills & Competences

  • Ability to discern the most effective solution for delivering herbal expertise in the development arena.
  • Comfortable being a thought-leader in the subject of herbal development and working with industry and trade figures to deliver outstanding results.
  • Ability to translate complex subject matter into simple concepts for others.
  • Experience in prioritising workloads effectively and project managing a wide range of ongoing matters.
  • Proficient in navigating computer systems, including Microsoft office and databases.

Personal Attributes

  • Inspiring and sparky intellect, combined with an enthusiastic, positive attitude.
  • Calm and unflappable so remain clear-headed at all times.
  • Resilient in the face of changing priorities and a significant workload, whilst maintaining a sense of humour and a passion to work hard.
  • Team player, willing to help others and work cross-functionally.
  • Organised and meticulous in determining the priorities whilst working with an immaculate attention to detail.
  • Able to proactively problem-solve, easily seeing a way through problems, both individually and collaboratively.
  • Personal integrity and commitment to fulfilling your potential.
  • A genuine passion for company mission, demonstrated by personal lifestyle choices

Please send your CV using the form on this page, quoting reference. 11/15925/7 Confidentiality assured.

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