NPD Manager – 884456

The Company

Our client is a high end manufacturing business that supplies retailers with their quality products.  The business is people orientated, respects staff and promotes values aligned to the business ethos


  • To aid defining the range strategy to ensure we strengthen the value proposition.
  • To manage the whole product development lifecycle from brief to successful launch.
  • Range planning process including upkeep with range amendments, deletions and product introductions.
  • Running the weekly NPD meeting to progress report range development and critical path decision making.
  • Critical path timeline management to success launch.
  • Successful on time development of new products, accessories and point-of-sale materials and displays.
  • Present new product ideas for assessment along with feasibility costings.
  • Direct briefing and liaison with 3rd
  • Ensuring all new products meet quality, technical, and production requirements.
  • Drafting and signing off specifications in line with the new products being developed.
  • Working with the Purchasing team to firm up costings and liaison with factories.
  • Brainstorming new ideas to meet customer requirements.
  • Studying customer requirements to develop new ideas.
  • Competitive set and benchmarking analysis with presentations to the internal team with proposals.
  • Sampling requirements with factories to meet concepts briefed.
  • Undertake trials and assist customers in achieving successful technical performance.
  • Ensuring all products are fully compliant and legal including FSC, EUTR etc.
  • Signing off samples requirements and handing over to the Quality team to ensure compliance to specifications.
  • Manage sample requirement to meet photography, development sign off, internal launch and play a hand in first-off gold seal sign off.
  • Work with the Quality Manger and undertake risk analysis with FMEA and other such tools.
  • As the product owner, determining which product features should be highlighted, ensuring that product features in scope are ready for development and carrying out acceptance tests on developed features.


Key Skills

  • Creative thinking skills
  • Project management skills
  • Facilitation skills
  • Research skills.
  • Product knowledge.
  • Great communicator for all levels, across cultures and can sell the product vision and benefits.
  • Negotiations, influencing and persuasion skills.
  • Commercial skills (costing and numerate).



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