Development Manager

Development Manager

Salary – Competitive 

Location –Boston

37.5 hours per week 

We're the biggest name you've never heard of. You've probably eaten our food - you just didn't realise it. We make innovative fresh products, with around 18,500 colleagues working across the UK, US and China. We’re the market leader in the UK fresh prepared food industry supplying meals, salads, desserts, pizza and bread to leading grocery retailers (including Tesco, M&S, Sainsbury's and Waitrose). We’re ambitious. We’re full of ideas. And we’re ready for more people who share our values and passion for quality to join us.

This is a great opportunity for a Development Manager to join the team in Boston

As a Development Manager you will work as an integral part of the development team at pace in a fast moving environment, by producing innovative food products - that can be mass produced without any loss of quality or taste, which reflect our customer's trends and requirements. 

You will provide support at all key stages from concept / ideation to handover to the Process Team ensuring a smooth transition. 


  • Business Communication: Has effective internal working relationships across key functions to ensure the delivery of the Development process activity. 
  • Leadership: Manages and supports the team to effectively deliver the development activity to the highest standard, ensuring delivery of projects through critical path management 
  • Customer: Has good overall awareness of retailer development requirements and their relevant brand standards. Has effective customer relationships. 
  • Culinary: Has the ability to present product to internal and external customers. Demonstrates culinary knowledge and expertise 
  • Category Management: Has an understanding of category management principles and the ability to apply them. 
  • Product Innovation: Has a good awareness of relevant food trends, uses all mediums to generate ideas and has the ability to funnel and prioritise. 
  • Business Knowledge: Fully understands relevant site capabilities and has an understanding of broader Group capabilities. 
  • Product Development Cycle: Manages the internal business development process ensuring product development delivers in line with customer and business expectations. 
  • Market Awareness: Has an overall awareness of relevant product ranges in the market. Monitors and benchmarks product quality and escalates issues. 
  • Pipeline Management: Responsible for ensuring all product development is clear and accurate on sector pipeline document. 
  • Behaviours: Attention to detail, fast paced, positive, dynamic, creative, tenacious, resilient, alignment to BV values. 


You will ideally have 

  • 1-2 years experience from a similar FMCG role with the food industry 
  • Excellent organisational, investigative problem solving and communication skills 
  • Drive, energy and enthusiasm 
  • Previous experience of working within a results orientated team 
  • Good standard of IT skills to include power point, word and excel 
  • Customer experience
  • People management skills 
  • Innovative 
  • Critical thinking skills 
  • Critical path management  
  • Full UK Driving licence {Location dependent} 



What you can expect from us

When joining us you can expect a highly competitive rewards package including group pension, private medical insurance, and other flexible benefits - alongside excellent career progression prospects across the Bakkavor group.


Proud to be Bakkavor.

We’re proud to be the leading UK provider of innovative, high-quality, fresh prepared food. We’re proud to be driven by the hard work and passion of our people. And we’re proud to offer a wide range of careers full of support and opportunity. Join our team and we’ll make you proud too.



We are the leading provider of fresh prepared food in the UK, and our presence in the US and China positions the Group well in these high-growth markets. We leverage our consumer insight and scale to provide innovative food that offers quality, choice, convenience, and freshness. Around 18,500 colleagues operate from 44 sites across our three markets supplying a portfolio of over 2,900 products across meals, pizza & bread, salads and desserts to leading grocery retailers in the UK and US, and international food brands in China.


Category:  Development

Boston, GB

Date:  1 Apr 2024
Req ID:  17606