R&D Manager – Branded Innovation – Full Time – Hyde

  • Permanent
  • Hyde
  • Country: United Kingdom
  • Address Region: Greater Manchester
  • Salary: £NEG


Requisition ID 25723
Position Type FT Permanent
Career Function Research and Development 

Division  Kerry Foods
Recruiter #LI-JP1


We’re Kerry Foods – a leading name in the global food industry, and a distinctly individual business. We’re home to incredible brands, over 6000 brilliant people and big ambitions. Our products, many of which are household favourites, are eaten by millions of people every day. Your energy, enthusiasm and fresh thinking could help us reach millions more.

About the role


We are currently recruiting for a Third-Party Manager within our Consumer Foods Business based in Hyde, to take responsibility for developing a Third Party Manufacturing business network to support our branded innovation agenda.  The successful candidate will work closely with the Branded Innovation and RD&A leadership teams to explore opportunities which support the 1–3 year horizon.  You’ll be developing and delivering a robust pipeline of branded innovation which will support the strategic growth platforms for the business and the brands.  

Key responsibilities


Lead and facilitate the development of the branded visions, supporting the business objectives & short-term goals

Act as a change agent with energy, passion & enthusiasm to strengthen teams, structures & culture.

Support the cross-functional collaboration:  Innovation, RD&A, Supply Chain, Quality, Regulatory, Finance, Legal

Attend internal and TPM project team launch meetings to ensure that the critical path is followed, upholding the approval and governance process.

Consideration of technical requirements; HACCP, BRC and KFMS working with internal and external Technical teams to ensure compliance.

Own the Project Management from start to finish with clear critical paths, milestones and project teams set up across 3rd party and sites.

Supporting scalability/manufacturing trials and production where necessary

Lead out the Commercial pricing, negotiation and contract set up conversations with 3rd party with support from procurement teams.

P&L responsibility on a margin level bringing visibility & corrective action where needed.

Accountable to the IQM forum reporting on a regular basis.

On-going development & management of NPD/Breakthrough Innovation to meet consumer’s needs.

Upholding the governance process for existing products launched and seeing through the 6 month temporary sign off

Accountable for third-party post launch trouble shooting and the successful handover of projects to RD&A and Technical teams at Kerry sites.

Successful influencing of commercial organization & wider R&D community to deliver the innovation agenda

Responsible for IP Protection of branded third-party products.

Qualifications and skills


Qualified to degree level in Food Science or other relevant discipline.

3 years’ experience of food innovation and concept development within either a food manufacturing or supply chain environment.

Formal project/programme management experience with the ability to manage multiple, complex priorities against demanding timeframes

Strategic approach to ensuring expected short, medium, and longterm outcomes are realised

Strong bias towards action with a proven track record of delivering results

Excellent communication, presentation and reporting skills

Highly collaborative with great interpersonal skills and the ability to work with cross-functional teams.

Exceptional stakeholder engagement skills with the ability influence others all levels of the organisation

Strong attention to detail

Experience of operating effectively within complex matrix-based organisations.

Flexibility to travel to existing and new vendors (30% of your time)

Take a look at what’s going on at Kerry Foods on our LinkedIn page or follow us on Instagram and Facebook @kerryfoodsofficial

Salary: £NEG

Job Type: Permanent

Location: Hyde

To apply for this job please visit www.cv-library.co.uk.

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