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Development Chef





Posted: 10/02/2024

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Why Greencore

We're a leading manufacturer of convenience food in the UK and our purpose is to make every day taste better.
We're a vibrant, fast-paced leading food manufacturer. Employing around 13,600 colleagues across 16 manufacturing units and 17 distribution depots across the UK. We supply all the UK's food retailers with everything from Sandwiches, soups and sushi to cooking sauces, pickles and ready meals, and in FY23, we generated revenues of £1.9bn.
Our vast direct-to-store (DTS) distribution network, comprising of 17 depots nationwide, enables us to make over 10,400 daily deliveries of our own chilled and frozen produce and that of third parties.
Here at Northampton, we operate one of the most impressive facilities in Europe, based across a campus of 5 manufacturing units, and we have a team of around 2,000 colleagues making high quality premium products every day. We are the sole supplier of sandwiches, wraps, rolls and sushi for Marks & Spencer.

What you'll be doing
As Development Chef you will be part of new and exciting transformation project to create new and modify existing recipes in line with written briefs, customer expectations and financial targets to deliver products of repeatable quality.
Key Accountabilities include:
* Develop new and existing recipes, in the development kitchen, in line with the great food agenda, delivering products of consistent quality and taste
* Develop new and existing recipes, in the development kitchen, in line with the great food agenda, delivering products of consistent quality and taste
* Propose new raw material and packaging requirements, working in partnership with the product development team, to brief these out of the NPD buyer so that suppliers receive appropriate feedback on the samples and packaging provides optimum product protection in transit and creates buying appeal
* Where relevant support in presentation of products in feasibility meetings and share details on how products are made and would be produced in the factory
* Ensure accurate recording of recipes and methods, reheat instructions and relevant measures such as pH, viscosities and yields to ensure all products are of repeatable and sustainable quality for NPD handover
* Prepare samples, set up and deliver professional internal and external product panels as required for submissions and benchmarking
* Management and adherence to kitchen workplans, communicating and updating on progress and escalating any issues to line manager ensuring relevant action can be taken to prevent delays to critical path
* Attend factory trial sign off panels to ensure production quality matches the kitchen quality signed off by the customer. Where required for more complex projects, attend trials to support cook sign offs
* Work alongside the Head development chefs and sushi specialist to have creative input into innovation agenda
* Development of products that improves our sustainability position

What we're looking for
At Greencore we put our people at the core. We celebrate their differences and help everyone to be themselves at work. Together we make every day taste better.
For this role, we require an individual with a real passion for food and ideally you will have experience with translating restaurant standards to manufacturing. You will also exhibit the following qualities:
* Restaurant Training - broad experience in a fast-paced environment
* Some relevant manufacturing experience which demonstrates you understanding of what is achievable in a manufacturing environment
* Numerate and commercial; able to accurately cost and adapt to briefed recipe costs and margin targets
* PowerPoint and presentation skills; appears credible and professional with customers
If this sounds like you join us, grow with Greencore and be a part of driving our future success.

What you'll get in return
* Competitive salary and job-related benefits
* Holidays
* Pension up to 8% matched
* Company share save scheme
* Greencore Qualifications
* Exclusive Greencore employee discount platform
* Access to a full Wellbeing Centre platform
Throughout your time at Greencore, you will be supported with on the job training and development opportunities to further your career

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