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Product Development Assistant - 10211

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£24-26K pa

Job Type: Contract

Our Client based in Medway, Kent is seeking to recruit a Product Development Assistant (this role would suit candidates from Marketing/Project Manager/Buying backgrounds) this position would suit someone with creative flair.The role is to work with internal and external departments sourcing and building brands (packaging) which are sold to retailers.

The role of Product Development Assistant is offered as a one year’s maternity leave contract.

Working Monday to Thursday 8.30am to 5.00pm, 9am to 3pm on Fridays – 28 days holiday + BH + , free parking + other benefits.

Ideally, candidates will be educated to a minimum of A Level standard or equivalent with excellent numeracy and literacy skills.Suitable backgrounds would be marketing, product development or purchasing.The ability to work under pressure and to very tight deadlines is essential as is possessing excellent project management skills.Full job description is available upon request.

Once operational the successful candidate will have responsibility for;

  • Project Management, ensuring all key milestone dates on the critical path of the product development cycle are met on time.
  • Working with Sales team & Customer to create a range of innovative & commercially viable products.
  • Researching the market, (previous seasons, current market trends, future trends) to inform creation of new product development.
  • Create briefs for Design Team
  • Sourcing of new components, negotiating costs, managing minimum order requirements
  • When required attend development meetings to gain greater understanding and ownership of the product development and requirements
  • Forecasting stock requirements for season ahead.
  • Sample management
  • Requesting necessary product/ingredient specifications for back of pack copy.
  • Creating pack copy templates & briefing in final artwork.
  • Continuously reviewing the market, identifying & communicating any new innovations, key trends as well as threats from competitors.

Experience required:

·Experience of sourcing new components and cost negotiating

·Experience of working within Design and Product Development or Buying is preferable

·Experience of presenting to a senior audience would be an advantage but not essential

Skills and aptitude required:

·Self-motivated and enthusiastic

·Efficient, accurate and disciplined administrator

·Creative and innovative

·Ability to prioritise and manage multiple tasks and projects with potentially conflicting requirements

·Excellent communication and interpersonal skills with the strength of character to keep self and colleagues focussed on objectives

·A passion for successfully negotiating a mutually agreeable project outline

·Adaptable and flexible to cope with the changing needs of clients and brand owners

·Ability to identify opportunities for the company

·Determination for “right-first-time” processes and resolve to understand breakdown/ failure root cause and prevent reoccurrence

·Strong organising and coordinating skills

Qualifications and education required:

·Preferably A Level or degree qualified (or equivalent).It is essential to have good numeracy skills as well as good written and oral communication abilities, therefore a Grade C or above in Maths and English GCSE’s is required

·UK driving licence

Equipment and Software used:

·MS Office ( Excel, Outlook, Word, PowerPoint)

To apply, please email apply@reactrecruitment.co.uk

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