Product Development Technologist

Position Overview:

Reporting into the Innovation & Technical Director, along with the support of a strong Technical & Quality team, this role offers the opportunity to work in a wide variety of product areas and will see you liaise closely with Technical, Engineering, Production, Sales and with customers to create new products and manage change across 2 sites including the Yatton site which operates a a GMP environment.

Location:

Yatton, North Somerset

Company Overview:

Pets Choice is a leading Pet and Animal Products Manufacturer. Sites based in Lancashire, North Somerset and Cardiff, the Pets Choice portfolio of Brands offers a variety of products for Pets and Wild Animals from Dogs to Ducks! Our Brands include; Webbox, Bob Martin, TastyBone, Meatiful, Spike’s, WildThings, Feathers & Beaky and Vitakraft.

With a broad range of capabilities, Pets Choice are proud to be a supplier to UK Grocery, Discount Retailers, Pet Specialists,  Independent Retailers, Wholesale, Ecommerce and Export markets!
With ambitious plans to continue growth, Pets Choice proactively responds to change and continue to be quick to adapt to market demands.

At Pets Choice, we are investing into the development of our people. Entrepreneurial spirit is encouraged and our team is empowered to make decisions whilst having ownership of their work. As a business we are always looking at more ways to build an engaging, rewarding and collaborative workplace culture.

Role:

  • Working alongside the Marketing and Technical team in driving NPD decisions across the business
  • Host NPD meetings with internal / external stakeholders as required
  • Develop new products both proactively and in partnership with customers
  • Coordinate and support the NPD process from concept to launch on assigned projects
  • Ensure all projects are managed under the umbrella of a Quality Management System and all change documentation is clearly communicated across the business
  • Liaise with new suppliers or suppliers of new materials to ensure they deliver clear benefits and are introduced with relevant controls
  • Liaise with engineering and Operations to trial new materials / components and present the business case for change
  • Inform the business of any legislation or environmental change impacting on product or materials
  • Artwork checking and approval ensuring legal requirements of labelling are met as required
  • Develop and maintain a Label Copy Sheet library and communicate any necessary label amendments in line with legislation
  • Develop and maintain a packaging waste database for the Yatton / Cardiff sites in line with the current Pets Choice processes
  • Lead the product set-up and product change administration
    • Create and maintain data matrices for all licensed and biocidal products
    • Create and communicate accurate BOM structures
    • Manage packaging specifications
    • Create and manage pallet specifications
  • Working alongside the customer marketing teams in private label projects including, but not limited to:
    • Proofreading design files and manage the revision process with the artwork agencies
    • Maintaining customer product specifications on online portals

Key attributes and skills:

  • Degree educated
  • Technical product background
  • Project management experience essential
  • Used to working under pressure and managing multiple deadlines/projects
  • Knowledge of NPD processes
  • Experience of operating within a Quality Management System
  • Highly driven, can do attitude and an eye for detail!

If you would like to apply for this position, please send your cv to recruitment@petschoice.co.uk