As a result of some recent changes within our Own Brand team, we are looking for a Product Development Manager (known internally as  Product & Brand Manager) which is a new Band 4 role to our business, to be based at our Wellingborough Head Office. This is on a fixed term contract basis for up to 18 months. 

There will be some flexibility to work from our other Support Centres (Watford, High Wycombe, & Eccles) as well as some limited home working. The role also comes with a car allowance. More details about this can be discussed at interview. 

In this role, you will define & deliver the proposition for your product area in line with the overarching brand plan as well as support the strategic roles and intent/category planning process to drive growth.

You’ll be a custodian for our Own Brand, owning and developing, implementing and oversee the brand keys and guidelines, pro actively assessing and driving the quality agenda of our ranges and have accountability for the end to end delivery of any new products.

Develop & drive the plan for your area that feeds into & compliments the overarching brand plan.

Supporting the creation of compelling and insight led concepts.

Working with cross-functional teams to turn concepts into propositions across the 6P’s.

Supporting the roles and intent planning process for category building pipelines and platforms for growth.

Visiting our supplier partners to understand their production capabilities for future opportunities.

Keeping updated with trends in product & packaging, competitor activity & market dynamics & sharing with the team

Actively using the Tesco platform of Insight Out as a key data source

Lead the natural work teams to lead and deliver the propositions in your work area, working with them to identify and address any product under performance

Leading the product development process with my natural work team & suppliers, ensuring quality for customers and all new products have clear customer & business rationale.

Ensuring all our products are formulated in line with our product rules, corporate initiatives & brand guidelines.

Owning & managing the critical path and artwork process using our product development systems, effective stakeholder management and communication to ensure all products are launched on time.

Pro-actively seek opportunities to elevate the customer & colleague exposure and understanding of our brands.  Your passion for product shows up at all occasions.

Establish clear project plans and budgets to ensure successful delivery (pro-actively managing risk)

Actively lead design agencies from briefings through to delivery, developing the design strategy and always ensuring creative excellence

Govern any changes in the packaging to be implemented by the packaging team

Ensuring our products are always great quality by regularly reviewing and reformulating them where needed.

Operational skills relevant for this job:

Influencing and stakeholder engagement

Innovative and conceptual thinking

Data analysis & decision making

Customer/ market insight/commercial understanding

Communications management including Presentation skills

Project & change management  


Experience relevant for this job:

Project Management

Strategic Brand Management

Collaboration & Leadership skills

Range & Category Management, in a fast paced environment

Experience of translating business need into design strategy

End to End product & proposition development

Experience of working in the food/product industry and/or formal qualification.

Experience of working in wholesale, retail or catering sectors

People management (desirable)

Shift Hours: 38 hours hrs per week (Monday – Friday)

Salary: Competitive

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