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Product Development Manager

Nov 9, 2021


This is a great time to join All About Food, a rapidly growing £70M+ turnover SME with high growth ambitions. With over 20+ years’ experience in licensing, we are the business that makes restaurant brands successful in retail. You may not have heard of us, but we are confident you will be aware of the brands we market in the UK & Ireland.


We manufacture and sell restaurant and coffee shop brands under licence in Grocery. Our portfolio of brand partnerships includes Nando’s, Costa Coffee, PizzaExpress, Pret-a-Manager, Wagamama, Gourmet Burger Kitchen, Red’s True BBQ, and Wahaca.


At the heart of our business is a set of core values that underpin everything we do.

An example of this is our ambition to become B-Corp certified within the next 12 months, and we are on-track to achieving this goal. Having a positive impact and creating change means creating the right culture and climate. We believe we succeed as a team, and strive to get better, be better and achieve more together every day. Our team know we are in it together, and it always feels like it


The role of Product Development Manager is a full-time role with flexible working and a new exciting office location based in Central Manchester!

Your Primary Role

  • Develop recipe, food, and packaging as per the brief provided by the Brand Team
  • Manage the operational relationship with our manufacturer’s Product Development Team to ensure our products are:

a. the right quality

b. at the right scale

c. in the right packaging

d. at the right cost

  • Lead consumer validation of our products through research (quant, qual, IHUT) and sensory testing
  • Attend all factory trials
  • Approve product quality through to first production
  • Manage communication of progress on development of products to all teams within AAF to ensure it is:

a. Accurate

b. Timely

c. Relevant

  • Ensure all day to day internal and external admin is completed in full, on time and where appropriate is filed to enable efficient retrieval
  • Proactively keep up to date with food trends and feed these into the Brand Team and the rest of the business




The successful candidate will have:


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Food Science, or Engineering discipline
  • Food experience & product development with as strong record of delivering results in FMCG and Consumer Packaged Goods
  • Ability to lead product development via understanding of technology, consumer, and sensory sciences, as well as Food Safety and Regulatory Standards
  • Experience in using a stage gate NPD / EPD process & product lifecycle management
  • Manage complexity and analytical thinking.
  • Commercial awareness
  • Strong team player and ability to influence via direct and indirect relations
  • Relationship builder with strong communication and influencing skills
  • Technical expertise – Sauces & relevant Category product knowledge.
  • Executional Excellence – Timely decision making & prioritises
  • Building and strengthening relationships – Customer focus, & Approachability
  • Personal Leadership – Learning and development, Ethics and Values


Now is your chance to join our team of bright, creative and delightfully different foodies

All applications welcome. Please email us at iwanttowork@allaboutfoodltd.com with reference: PDM