Junior Development Chef

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.


Junior Development Chef


We’re proud to offer you a career with real scope for development. To reward your hard work and ambition as a talented Junior Development Chef with plenty of support and opportunity. And empower you to drive your own success and create a career you can be proud of too.


Job Detail 


As a Junior Development Chef 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 


Salary – Competitive  

Location – London

37.5 hours per week 
08.30am - 5pm Monday – Friday



  • Business Communication: Has relationships with relevant functions to support the Development process activity. 

  • Customer: Supports hospitality for customer and high-profile visits. 

  • Culinary: Is able to support the presentation of product to internal customers demonstrating culinary knowledge. Is able to convert feedback into appropriate action. 

  • Product Innovation: Demonstrates a passion for food.  Contributes to product ideation. 

  • Business Knowledge: Has a good understanding of the relevant site capabilities. 

  • Product Development Cycle: Assists the team in the product Development process including producing samples to an agreed quality standard within the required timescales and commercial parameters. 

  • Facilities: Supports the running of the Development kitchen facility to maintain a high standard. 

  • Behaviours: Reliable, attention to detail, flexible, organised, diligent, conscientious, creative, personally accountable, fast paced, resilient, alignment to BV values. 


You will ideally have 


  • A passion for developing great food, with a proven culinary background 

  • Excellent organisational, investigative problem solving and communication skills 

  • Drive, energy and enthusiasm 

  • Good standard of IT skills to include power point, word and excel 

  • Problem solving and critical thinking skills 

  • Effective communicator 


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

London, GB

Date:  19 Mar 2024
Req ID:  17268