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Senior Product Development Manager in Bradford

About The... We have a great opportunity for a Senior Product Development Manager to be based at Hilmore House, our head office in West Yorkshire. Reporting into the Director for Own Brand, this role will lead a team of Product...

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About The Role

We have a great opportunity for a Senior Product Development Manager to be based at Hilmore House, our head office in West Yorkshire. Reporting into the Director for Own Brand, this role will lead a team of Product Developers across all food categories, shaping and delivering the overall brand & trading strategy through the development and implementation of Own Brand products.

Accountabilities for this role include:


  • Set the strategic direction for innovation; NPD across Morrisons.

  • Ensure that the business is up to date with relevant trends and that these are cascaded and plans created to implement where relevant.

  • Develop ways of working across the business for innovation.

  • Lead the development of products that adhere to Morrisons technical and nutritional policies.

  • Drive innovation and product development to deliver newness and incremental sales, inputting into strategic brand plans.

  • Approval of all new products for Own Brand food category.

  • Ensure all new products are developed to required quality standards and land on time as part of agreed activity.

  • Improve nutritional content of Own Brand products – delivering robust plans for salt, sugar & calorie reduction.


  • Work collaboratively to ensure a total customer offer is developed across food and that duplication is removed.

  • Engage with trading category directors and senior buyers to drive own brand plan delivery across brand and trading plans.

  • Support internal / external PR of Own Brand.

  • Leadership of the team, ensuring key people processes delivered.

  • Ensure that the team are trained effectively with regards to product specifications, policies, standards required.


  • Ensure adherence to the Own Brand critical path.

  • Ensure adherence to all technical & nutritional policies.

  • Control and maintain integrity of all product documentation.

  • Ensure correct supplier capability for Own Brand products.

Sales, Profit and Cash

  • Deliver incremental sales with new products are launched.

  • Deliver to agreed margin targets while maintaining required product standards.

About You

We are looking for someone with the following knowledge, skills and experience:


  • Food Science / Technology background


  • Strong leadership skills

  • Strong people management and development skills

  • Passion for food

  • Creative thinking and ability to convert insight / trends into finished food products

  • Ability to break down the cost drivers of product formulation

  • Ability to prioritise and flex to the changing needs of the business

  • Ability to create right plans for delivery

  • Strong project management / organisational skills

  • Strong decision making skills

  • Strong communication skills


  • Practical experience of Product Development gained from either retail or manufacturing organisation

  • Ideally experience of technical & nutritional elements.

About The Company

Marketing is a fast-paced, high energy function that drives sales by putting the customer at the heart of everything we do. The marketing team are our brand champions, making sure we give customers what they want, at prices they like, and delivering an experience that's always unmistakably Morrisons. The team pioneers and delivers industry-leading work in a collaborative and friendly environment with a forward-thinking, people-focused culture. Work is always challenging, frequently fun, and the career prospects are exciting.

Our aim to offer more of what matters extends to our employees too. Join us and you can expect to enjoy great career prospects and a very competitive pay and benefits package. In addition to an attractive salary, we offer a discount card for you plus two more for friends or family members giving you 10% off your shopping in Morrisons. We also offer company share options, a highly competitive pension scheme, Life Assurance and more besides.

We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all sections of the community.

Extra information

Type of Job
Full UK/EU driving license preferred
Car Preferred
Must be eligible to work in the EU
Cover Letter Required

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