Assistant Product Developer

Job Type Commercial
Product Development
Region South East England
Location Bracknell
Preferred Hours Full Time
Partnership Level
Closing Date 2/6/2019
Vacancy Type
Salary Pay in range £28,000 - £38,000
Salary Frequency per annum
Hours of Work
35 hours per week
Monday to Friday

We have a number of different ways to work flexibly so at your interview feel free to talk about what flexibility means to you. There are no guarantees however it may open the door to not only a new role but a new way of working.

Duties & Responsibilities

It's an exciting time to join the Commercial team in one of the UK's best-loved brands.

At Waitrose & Partners, we're reshaping our Commercial function and investing in new capabilities to secure the future of the business - creating a strong, relevant and sustainable Waitrose with a distinctive place in the market. Commercial is in a period of exciting change, leading the way in Waitrose & Partners, making it an exciting place to come and join.

Our Vision: A world-class Commercial function

As the retail world changes around us, we're continually evolving our strategy and our proposition to lead the way in meeting the needs of our customers, and to stay ahead of our competitors.

The Commercial Directorate has a key role to play, working in partnership with suppliers to deliver innovative sourcing, buying, pricing and distinctive ranging of our branded and own-label products.

This is all part of working at the heart of a sustainable and thriving Partnership that's fit for the future.

In Commercial, we are set up and work in a way that means that:
Our customers choose us first - because we offer inspiring and innovative products and services that they really want, with the best quality and price
People choose to work here - because it's where they are valued and recognised for their contribution
We work together to deliver sustainable and profitable revenue, ensuring long-term financial success

Our Commercial Partners will work in team that:
Are closely aligned with our Customer function, using data to understand customer trends and preferences
Adopt a Category Management approach, with multi-disciplinary trading teams organised around the food and products we provide
Support people to develop their skills and career paths, with opportunities for more flexibility, better movement and high-quality professional development
Are part of building the future of Commercial for Waitrose & Partners
Works collaboratively and horizontally across multiple teams and functions

Job Requirements

● Drives and delivers innovative, quality focused and differentiated NPD whilst understanding and
managing the commercial implications of development
● Builds, strengthens and owns the NPD relationships between Waitrose and suppliers and are
ambassadors of Own Brand values
● Develops and delivers first to market opportunities
● Support Category Pod to deliver individual accountabilities
● Facilitate horizontal working across Category Pods

Required essential experience skills and qualifications

Is passionate about product
Has strong communication skills, both written and verbal
Is self motivated with strong energy and drive to lead and motivate others
Has excellent organisational skills and project management experience
Works well collaboratively across the business
Food Academy (Basic and Advanced), Sensory Training, Basic project management
Educated to degree level.
Manufacturing experience; buying experience; product technical experience; a passion for product

Required desirable experience skills and qualifications

Marketing and commercial experience or a previous Product Developer role.
A proven track record in NPD product development in Food or Non-Food retail or manufacturing.
Experience in managing and launching major NPD/Brand projects.
Has a track record of high quality NPD, delivering market leading innovation.
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