Development Chef

Development Chef 
Bakkavor Group is a leading manufacturer in the fresh foods market, specialising in developing private label products for top global grocery retailers and well known international foodservice operators.
In the UK, our customers include some of the UKs best known grocery retailers who sell our products to consumers under their respective retail brands.
A very exciting opportunity has arisen at our site in Bourne for a Development Chef to work across a variety of 
retailers and categories.

We are looking for a creative chef who has enthusiasm, a love of food and passion for the industry.


  • Effective internal working relationships across key functions to support the development process activity
  • Manages and supports the team to effectively deliver the development activity to the highest standard
  • Manages hospitality for customer and high-profile visits. Customer support as required.
  • Ability to present product to internal and external customers. Demonstrates culinary knowledge, expertise passion and flair. Is able to convert feedback into appropriate action
  • Supports the customer pipeline through inspirational and innovative product and process ideation. Has the ability to translate food trends into relevant and commercially viable product Development. Supports sector-led innovation opportunities
  • Fully understands relevant site capabilities and has an understanding of broader group capabilities
  • Responsible for ensuring the development kitchen facility operates to a high standard
  • Develops NPD and EPD, to an agreed quality and timescale, based on a strong understanding of all Development and commercial parameters. Seeks opportunities for margin enhancement
  • Kitchen assistant as direct report

Required Skills & Experience:


  • Qualified chef – restaurant or manufacturing experience
  • Passion for food and inherent interest in the food industry
  • Culinary skills, passion, creative flair & tenacious nature
  • Willingness to learn and grow into the role and business




  • Competitive salary
  • 25 days holiday + Bank Holidays
  • Access to MyRewards (Company scheme offering local and national benefits & discounts)
  • Group Pension (including employer contributions)
  • First class training, fast moving environment & excellent career progression prospects




Bakkavor is the leading provider of fresh prepared food in the UK, with a growing international presence in the US and China. We are number one in the UK in the four product categories of meals, salads, desserts and pizza & bread, providing high-quality, fresh, healthy and convenient food. Our customers include every major UK grocery retailer, including Tesco, Marks & Spencer, Sainsbury's and Waitrose, and some of the world’s best-known food brands. We have over 19,000 employees, our headquarters are in London and we have 23 factories in the UK, 5 in the US and 9 in China.


Category:  Development

Bourne, GB

Date:  03-Aug-2022