A world leading, family owned, luxury gifts and toiletries company are looking for a New Product Development Manager to oversee and manage the development and introduction of new product concepts and product upgrades from concept through to market by utilising strong project management skills for their brands and licenses. The company manage export of their products to over 40 countries worldwide. The post holder will explore potential new market opportunities and deliver exciting, ground breaking products, generating growth across the business whilst developing excellent relationships internally and maintaining key relationships externally with suppliers and licensors.
Previous experience within the beauty category, with toiletries experience is advantageous as well as knowledge of Far East sourcing and development.
This is a 1 year+ Maternity Contract, full time, paying up to £50,000 per annum for the right candidate.
Core duties of the New Product Development Manager:
-Create and develop commercially viable concepts through to launch
-Initiate and implement creative and market driven product stories which provide a distinctive competitive advantage
-Project manage relevant developments from concept, brief and to launch. Develop critical paths, time lines for all relevant projects and ensure successful completion.
-Sourcing new packaging and review of trends, managing external agency activities where necessary. (Design, printing etc).
-Carry out or supervise all administration duties relevant to this role
-Responsibility for target costing and commercial feasibility and viability for new projects
-Responsible for the planning, management and tracking of project budgets and cost constraints
-Report and control cost primarily for artworks
-Pro-actively solve problems relating to design, development and production
-Daily liaison with far east teams to ensure projects are on track
-Develop strong relationship with licensors, stakeholders for on-going new product development, to include monitoring and reporting on activities, progress etc.
-Manage artwork laydowns with designer, and creating cutter guides
Essential Skills of the New Product Development Manager:
-Project management experience essential and competent with the new product development cycle
-Commercial understanding, competency with margins and costing
-Excellent MS Excel, Word and PowerPoint skills essential
-Working knowledge and experience of packaging and printing process
-Attention to detail is essential with technical packaging experience preferred.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.