Product Development Assistant

Job Type Digital
Location Bracknell Campus
Partnership Level 9
Closing Date 02/10/2022
Vacancy Type Temporary
Salary £23,200.00 - £30,800.00
Salary Frequency Annual
Hours of Work 21 per week over 3 days. Must include a Monday. To be discussed at assessment.


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Working in Partnership for a happier world – our shared Purpose that guides us in everything we do and inspires 3 important principles; happier people, happier business, happier world. The John Lewis Partnership is a truly unique business, one that seeks to make a positive difference to the lives of everyone.

Waitrose and Partners have a fantastic opportunity for a Product Development Assistant to join the Own Brand team on a Fixed Term Contract. The length of this contract is between 9-12 months.

What’s the role about?

In this role you will support the Product Development team in successfully delivering product change on own brand products.

You will ensure the day to day smooth operation of the Product Development team including the ownership and ongoing management of team documents including budget management tools. 

You will support the delivery product projects to agreed deadlines and manage samples.

You will work mainly within the Product development function with the Product developers & CPGs, Own brand packaging teams, Chef & innovation team, Repro teams, Design, Packaging & Delivery Manager, and Own Brand team. As well with external suppliers.

The ideal candidate will have an understanding of food and grocery products, a passion for product development and the ability to be agile and prioritise. 

What will you be doing as a Product Development Assistant?        

Some of the accountabilities for this role are:

  • Providing sample support, especially around key seasonal & benchmarking projects

  • Supporting Product Developers for excellent supplier briefing, including moodboard/inspiration collation,research and project scoping, market reviews and competitor shopping.

  • Supporting PDs across projects on daily activities in order to deliver the product programme on time & in full to agreed standards, for all channels, including legally compliant product naming and customer messages

  • Market & trend analysis. Sales review, analysis as directed by PD's on specific projects but also in review on launches.

  • Provide weekly panel administrative support as required

  • Support Manager, PD with team administration, including planning team meetings, coordinating with external suppliers/contacts for inspiration sessions.

Full details for this role can be found on the attached Job Outline

Existing Partners should click here to view the Job Outline.

What you'll have:

  • IT literate and confident and keen to learn new systems

  • Further education, including good level of Maths & English capability & evidence of good communication & analysis skills

  • A passion for product & innovation

  • Strong self-motivation, energy and drive

  • Good organisational skills and project management

  • Collaborative approach

  • Business related knowledge and experience, ideally in retail environment


  • The application form consists of a CV upload followed by application questions. Please ensure you refresh the page each time you complete a task to ensure you complete everything that you need to in time. (If internal, check your Workday notifications)

  • We occasionally close vacancies early in the event we receive a high volume of applications. Therefore, we recommend you apply early ​ ​

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Attachment: Product Development Assistant - Job Outline.pdf 


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