📣 A bit about the role.  

You will be joining our fast-paced and fast-growing New Product Development team who are all about bringing new products to the market that our customers are barking out for. You will report into our Head of New and Existing Product Development (NEPD) and you will lead our team of food developers inside our manufacturing kitchen to help us to deliver innovative, human-quality products which are tasty and healthy for dogs of all ages. You will have the opportunity to lead and deliver upon strategically important and ground-breaking projects throughout the entire lifecycle of the product development process. This highly visible role is vital to ensure that we continue to fulfil our mission of providing health and happiness to dogs and their humans.  

Your main responsibilities will be: 

    • Drive and deliver upon our proposition pipeline, navigating the fastest routes to market and ensuring all deliverables are met. 
    • Lead complex and strategically important innovation projects from ideation through to post-launch, managing their critical path and all stakeholders. 
    • Be an innovation hub; testing, scaling, and pushing ideas to show the art of what’s possible to the wider teams. 
    • Own our product development processes and strive to continually improve them to keep us agile as we scale. 
    • Build and elevate the team within Rudie’s Kitchen, forming and maintaining close working relationships as you go. 
    • Drive high performance through owning and improving our reporting metrics and tracking tools to ensure accountability. 
    • Maintain an up-to-date map of the market and be comfortable presenting to senior stakeholders in commercial meetings to strategise our future product pipeline. 


👋 A bit about you.

  • You have a track record in leading a high performing team
  • You love creating world-class products and have a full understanding of how the development process works
  • You pride yourself on your attention to detail and the quality of your outputs. 
  • You have strong problem-solving competencies which allow you to think outside the box to overcome hurdles. 
  • You are a great communicator; both in-person and virtually. You lead by example, and you are a great spokesman for the team. 
  • You are comfortable with ambiguity and build from the ground up quickly. Iterating as you go, constantly striving to improve each day. 
  • You enjoy developing and coaching others and are passionate about continuously skilling up the team. 
  • You are skilled in google sheets, slides, KPI reporting, dashboards, and critical paths.
  • You have at least 7 years of experience in food development
  • Experience in pet food would be advantageous


🐶 A bit about us. 

At Butternut, we put the food back into dog food. We believe dogs deserve to eat the healthiest, most natural and tastiest food with none of the nasties. That’s why we make freshly prepared dog food. Cooked like you would at home. Delivered in perfect portions.

Our goal is to help dogs live healthier, happier and longer lives whilst leaving humans smiling after every interaction. We’ve come a long way since our co-founders (Kev & Dave) hand-delivered the first Butternut Box, we now feed a lot of dogs across the UK - but we want to feed dogs everywhere. And to do this, we need a team of brilliant people who share that ambition to come and work with us. 


 🙌 A bit about what we offer.

  • 257.5 Hours Holiday inclusive of Bank Holidays
  • Butternut Box employee discount
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Pension with NEST
  • Lots of office dogs 


❗️A few things to note: 

  • There is no specific date this role will be live until but we normally experience a high volume of applications, so if you are interested we suggest applying as soon as possible. 
  • We aim to respond to all applicants personally. Our recruitment team is small so please do bear with us. 
  • Butternut Box is an equal opportunity employer and we value diversity and inclusion. We welcome people of different nationalities, backgrounds, experiences, abilities and perspectives.
  • We don’t use external recruitment agencies for assistance on roles.

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