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Product & Process Technologist

Yorkshire and the Humber

  • Reference: 384082
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Salary: £Competitive + Bonus + Pension + Relocation
  • Location: Thirsk

Our Client

Nigel Wright are delighted to be working with Inspired Pet Nutrition, who are a highly successful and growing manufacturer of leading pet foods. Privately owned and very ambitious, this inevitably creates an environment with a lot of pace, challenge and opportunities. IPN have two powerhouse brands in Harringtons and Wagg, with the former being the fastest growing brand in the pet food category in the UK. They are the number one manufacturer in the UK for dry dog food and are expanding fast into new categories, such as premium, wet food, treats, cat and beyond.

IPN have invested more than £55M in their supply chain facilities over the last fifteen years and have impressive facilities near Thirsk, North Yorkshire and in Kinmel, North Wales. They have a track record of doubling in size every five years, with the next step to grow from £110m to £200m. 

The Opportunity

Reporting to the Director of Product & Process, you will lead the continued drive to deliver high quality products by providing that crucial link between Nutrition & Marketing and Production.  You will take ownership for the launch of new products from initial concept through full commercialisation whilst ensuring that an exceptional product is achieved throughout the whole process.  You will work closely with production to support production process optimisation of existing products and continue to pro-actively provide input in innovative technologies to optimise yield and throughput whilst ensuring delivery to customer expectations.  Working closely at all levels within the dry extrusion plants, you will develop strong relationships with all departments to be able to effective schedule and manage production line trials. 

On site at Thirsk the main technology is dry extrusion cooking, whilst there is also opportunity to help develop baking, fresh meat processing & retorting.  You will be joining an energetic, collaborative, innovative, passionate and committed team that has achieved significant success and growth in recent years, but they are also focussed on continuing their journey of expansion in the future and delivering an exceptional quality product effectively is at the heart of everything they do. 

About you

Degree qualified, you will have a successful track in the launch of innovative new products from concept through to full volume manufacture in an automated food manufacturing facility (experience in extrusion would be advantageous).  You will be passionate about product quality and demonstrate experience in improving existing product manufacturing processes to increase volume, whilst ensuring the delivery of a great product for customers.  Commercially and data oriented, you will be able to understand and drive performance to ensure business profit margins are achieved.  With well-developed communication skills you will be able to communicate effectively at all levels within the business from Director to Operator. 

This is an exciting opportunity to join the UK’s #1 brand for dry dog food; IPN is ambitious and truly passionate about innovation with fresh human grade qualities and exceptional customer service. You will be pivotal in the ongoing success of the business as product & process development is critical to the growth plans to become the UK’s largest pet food manufacturer.   

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