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Development Account Manager - Cardiff

Full Time, Managerial / Executive
Job Sector:
Engineering / Technical, Manufacturing / Warehouse, Mech. / Electrical / Maintenance, Science / Analysis
South Wales
Salary description:
Start Date:
Finsbury Food Group
Job Ref:

Development Account Manager

Location: Cardiff
Contract: Permanent
Industry: Food Manufacturing
Shift Pattern: Monday - Friday (37.5 hours)

We are excited to be offering an excellent opportunity for an experienced Development Manager to join Finsbury Food Group. The successful candidate will be joining a successful manufacturing company who are investing in business opportunities and growth.

Purpose of the Role

The role will join a new team in Cardiff. The role will be managing all new product development for the site, proactively plan, organise and control new product and process development activity. This is a broad role, and we’re looking for someone that has strong experience in this area and has a strong desire to be part of an exciting opportunity with the business.   

It is an excellent time to join this growing business as further investments are planned for 2018 and beyond.

Some of the Role Key Accountabilities (including but not limited to) are:

  • Management of NPD projects from first concepts through to launch in accordance with customers development processes codes of practice
  • Complete product specifications internally and externally and hand over of product to the production team
  • Develop knowledge of raw materials, factory processes and baking skills to help develop new prodcuts or make suggestions to improve existing products
  • Develop a good working relationship with the retailers maintaining customer focus and using good influencing skills in order to protect the busines
  • Supply complete customer documentation required for tasting panels, reviews and benchmarking
  • Ensure briefs are approved for Development and organise and run plant trials.
  • Organise and run plant trials.
  • Generation, evaluation and trial new recipes / product formulations from initial bench work through to factory trials and acceptance into production
  • Ensure the HACCP is completed for each NPD and EPD product and the relevant risk assessment is carried out prior to any factory trials, to ensure all elements of food safety are adhered to
  • Involvement in generation of packaging artwork, approvals and co-ordination with the customer, Design and buying teams.

Skills/Knowledge and Experience


  • Has practical and technical knowledge of bread, confectionery and/or cake.  
  • Have broad set of skills in a development capacity
  • Food Science or related degree or further education i.e. A Food Degree, Micro Biology Degree, HND
  • NPD Experience within the Food Industry
  • Experience of managing multiple NPD projects simultaneously
  • Concept to launch development experience.
  • Experience of working on NPD projects with the UK’s major retailers
  • Experience in effective leadership and management of bakery resources to deliver the operational requirements
  • Experience of working with multiple departments and stakeholders
  • Experience in completing food safety and quality checks as part of development
  • Experience in process evaluation to reduce cost and maintain quality
About the Person
  • A self-starter, and able to perform independently
  • Experience of implementing new ideas, processes, and systems
  • Desire to develop themselves and grow with the business
  • Excellent interpersonal skills - able to motivate others and build effective relationships
  • Ability to liaise and build relationships with external suppliers

Application method: CV & Cover Letter  

Selection process: Interview & Skills Assessment

Closing date: Monday 13th August 4pm

If you are interested in this position please click the ‘Apply Now’ button below and send us your CV and covering letter

Company Description

Finsbury Food Group is a leading speciality bakery manufacturer, producing a diverse range of cakes, bread and bakery snack products for the major UK multiple retailers, and for the foodservice channel. Finsbury acquired the Fletchers Bakery Group in 2014 and Johnstone Just Desserts in 2015 making Finsbury one of the largest speciality bakery groups in the UK, with annualised revenues of approximately £300m.

The Group includes the following brands and companies: Lightbody, Memory Lane Cakes, Campbell’s, Fletchers, Kara, Grain D’Or, Nicholas & Harris, Johnstone’s Food Service and Lightbody Europe.

Memory Lane Cakes site in Cardiff is one of the UK’s leading suppliers of pre-packed cakes, producing under the Thornton’s, Disney, Weight Watchers and Universal brands, as well as its own brand. Memory Lane is one of Cardiff’s largest Private employer, with around 850 staff fulfilling a round-the-clock operation at its eight-acre site, producing millions of cakes, tray bakes and seasonal treats each year. Our vision is to ‘be the leading specialty bakery group in the UK’ and we achieve this through recruiting people that deliver against our core values of Teamwork, Honesty, Communication, Ownership and Respect.

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