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New Product Developer



Job description

Are you looking to develop your career? We have a fantastic opportunity for a New Product Developer to join our friendly team here at Findel. You will work with existing and new suppliers to develop innovative new STEM resources for the school marketplace, focusing on those which meet the learning outcome of the child.

Findel is an eCommerce educational resources supplier in the UK and International schools and nurseries marketplace. We own several general and specialist educational brands Hope, GLS, Davies Sports, Philip Harris, Spa4Schools, A-Z and LDA.

Brilliance and being able to shine is at our core and we want our people to be true to themselves, embody our values, strive for greatness, take the challenge, be different and above all care for and help others be the best they can. We look for people who want to inspire future generations and who play a part in moving Findel forward for the greater good. We want people to make our customers and suppliers glow by providing the best service possible and caring about what we do best for our business and the planet. We recruit people who stand out from the crowd, take responsibility for seeking out what adds value and think outside the box.

Your Role:

Some of the responsibilities of this exciting opportunity are:

o Develop an inspirational range of new products from concept to profitable sales, that supports teachers/practitioners to deliver the curriculum, with a focus on STEM subjects.

o Work with the Buyer to develop a structured research programme to assess future customer needs; this will involve spending time in the marketplace.

o Develop product ROIs, working within budget constraints and forecasting levels.

o Manage the budgetary/costing process for all projects in the pipeline.

o Provide clear visibility of the project process and milestones, timelines and budgets.

o Work in partnership with the Merchandising team to manage stock in-take and sales forecasts.

o Work alongside the QA team to ensure that products are compliant with all the relevant quality standards.

o Identify products within the existing range that can be re-developed to improve their sales performance.

o Contribute to product launches, working alongside Marketing, Digital & Social.

About You:

We are ideally looking for candidates with the following skills and experience:

o Previous experience in a similar NPD role in a commercial environment, with experience of delivering revenue generating and profitable products to targeted audiences.

o Management of critical path and process is essential.

o Ideally a strong understanding of the curriculum, UK education market and current teaching methods, or willingness to learn this.

o As you will be our STEM product developer, you will have a passion for science, technology, engineering and maths and will love to turn ideas into innovative products that bring these subjects to life in the classroom.

o Ability to manage complex and varied stakeholders.

o Strong communication skills, both verbal and written, with an ability to influence others and work collaboratively with other functions.

o Excellent negotiation and presentation skills.

o Strong understanding of ROI and budget management.

o Openness to new ideas, actively facilitates idea generation.

o Able to gather and report on industry information from a wide variety of sources.

What’s in it for you?

Competitive salary & benefits package including 25 days holiday plus your Birthday off. Holiday purchase scheme, contributory pension, staff discounts, Employee Assistance Programme (including online GP & well-being support) & Cycle to Work scheme. We fully support a hybrid working arrangement, with the working week split between our collaborative workspace in Hyde (Greater Manchester) and working from home.

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