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New Product Developer



Job description

We have a fantastic opportunity for a New Product Developer to join our team. You will work with existing and new suppliers to develop innovative new resources for the school and nursery marketplace, focusing on those which meet the learning outcome of the child.

We’re the one-stop-shop for educational supplies; we provide all of the products schools and nurseries need, delivered when they want them, at highly competitive prices. We’re a passionate and ambitious team who offer our customers unrivalled product choice, value and quality, underpinned by exceptional service.

Some of the responsibilities of this great opportunity are:

o Develop an inspirational range of new products from concept to profitable sales, that supports teachers/practitioners to deliver the curriculum/Early Years foundation framework.

o Work with Business Intelligence, Buying and NPD team 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.

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 gain a full understanding.

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.

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

Job type
Business Development