The Role

Hain Daniels are currently recruiting for a Student Product Developer for Histon. In Histon, we manufacture a host of ambient sweet spreads and jellies for our grocery brands. These includes Hartley's jams and jellies, Gale's honey, Rose's and Robertsons marmalade's.


A member of the NPD team working to support the delivery of Hain Daniels Grocery Targets.  To ensure that the effectiveness of factory processes are in line with the needs of the business and to continually meet, improve and exceed customer expectations.

To develop and deliver ‘best in class’ commercially viable new or improved products from product briefs to launch, ensuring that the Hain Daniels Group Stage & Gate Launch Procedure is followed.

Key Responsibilities:

Safety, Quality, Hygiene

Personally demonstrate the correct safety behaviours, ensuring safe operating practices are followed. 
Complete Near Miss reports
Contribute to risk assessments when required.
Support a culture that enhances behavioural awareness to reduce accidents and near misses
Follow all necessary food product safety guidelines to produce high quality trial recipes and test samples for sensory evaluation so as to ensure their acceptability, food safety and quality to standards specified by retailers and Company

Product Development

Develop recipes in response to product briefs, creating and preparing test samples in the kitchen and pilot plant to key critical path dates under the direction of Senior NPD Technologists and NPD Managers.
Adhere to the Hain Daniels Group Launch Procedure.
Develop recipes and prepare samples in line with the relevant food legislation and food safety requirements.
Send recipes to Finance for costing and develop to target raw material costs.
Source new raw materials and specifications  in conjunction with Procurement and Technical functions
Arrange for samples to be dispatched to the relevant locations for review.
Generate the supporting paper work for internal or external product panels/presentations.
Co-ordinate and carry out factory trials with timely issue of recipes, briefing all appropriate site functions
Record, collate and provide recipe details for samples as requested, maintaining comprehensive product files for each product due to be launched.
Assist in the preparation, issue and document control of product specifications for new product launches and modifications to existing products
Co-ordinate, when required, sensory analyses of products against competitor products and provide appropriate summaries and data analyses 
Provide information for QAS  on sensory attributes and shelf life studies to schedule, as required by customers
Maintain awareness of relevant new ingredients and technologies.

Continuous Improvement

Drive initiatives for improving product quality and innovation, supporting new ingredients and identifying recipe developments to challenge competitor products
Promote a continuous improvement approach to enhance/improve product development


Internally within the NPD team, e.g. ensuring priorities and concerns are communicated.
Liaise with colleagues across site regarding relevant product development and product improvement activities
Develop positive business relationships with internal and external stakeholders
Assist the Senior NPD Technologists or NPD Managers with internal NPD meetings and customer presentations as required.
Communicate with other support functions to ensure controls required by customers are implemented.
Plan and organise your workload to achieve demanding deadlines.  ‘Working at pace’ and delivery of your SMART objectives.
Together with your manager, identify your training needs and put in place a time plan in order to achieve them. 

What you will need for the role / what it will take:

Education Level (i.e. Degree, Prof. Quals., etc) Essential: A Level in scientific subjects
Drivers licence Desired
Degree in Food Science or Food technology or working towards it
Years Experience (i.e. Relevant experience, Industry Experience, Management level experience, etc)
No experience necessary 

Key Capabilities and Characteristics (Interpersonal skills, specific competencies, specific skills, etc)
Full driving licence
Bright, able to think ‘outside the box’
Administrative skills, IT skills – word processing, spreadsheet & data analysis
English Numeracy
Good written English and report writing
Good communication and organisation skills
Ability to be flexible
Creative & foodie, basic culinary skills
Enthusiastic and Positive
Willingness to: 
Visit and work out of different factories across Hain Daniels sites, Stay away over night on business when required, Work longer hours when required
The post holder is expected to carry out the following duties in order to fulfil the position to a satisfactory level :

Adhere to the Company’s Equal Opportunities and Health & Safety policies
Ensure high quality standards and hygiene are maintained
Adhere to Company Financial procedures
Respect individual and Company confidentiality rights
Demonstrate a positive and committed attitude
Support a culture of continuous improvement
Show commitment to personal and team development
Demonstrate a flexible approach

What can we offer you?

  • Competitive salary / rate of pay
  • 25 days annual leave, plus 8 Bank Holiday
  • Option to purchase additional annual leave
  • A day off work to support our charity partners
  • Flexible working options
  • Pension
  • Medical benefit
  • And access to a HUB that offers many discounts from a range of suppliers and retailers

About Us

The Hain Daniels Group is one of the UK's leading food companies. We create food and drink products with natural goodness at their core. We're the business behind a host of household brands - Hartley's jams and jellies, Sun-Pat peanut butters, New Covent Garden Soup Co., Linda McCartney's meat free food, and Yorkshire Provender to name a few. Nearly half of our business is private label - we create quality freshly prepared fruit and juices, desserts, soups, sweet spreads and meat free products for our retail partners.

Our Vision

To make it easier for everyone to lead a healthier, balanced lifestyle. Without our great team of people, this vision couldn't be our reality.

Top Talent across the UK

Over our 12 sites up and down the UK, we employ circa 3,100 people in roles within Production, Supply Chain, Product Development, Sales and Marketing, and through to our Finance, HR, IT and beyond. Each of our colleagues is vital to our continued success. That's why we target the best talent, and help to develop them through the ranks. In fact, almost a third of our vacancies were internal promotions and transfers last year.

Our Business behaviours

As a business we strive to promote from within and our underlying business behaviours really enable us to drive this strategic objective. We believe we can provide an opportunity for all individuals to grow and achieve with Hain Daniels through demonstrating core behaviours such as ambition & energy, collaborative working, honest communication, innovation, delivering excellent quality, embracing versatility and equality

If Hain Daniels sounds like the company you'd like to contribute your energy and enthusiasm towards, and come on an exciting journey with us, then we can't wait to hear from you!