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R&D / Animal Nutrition / Human Nutrition

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Recruiter Name:
Parkside Recruitment
Job Type:
Marketing, Product Manager
£42,500 per annum
England, Surrey
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European R&D Technical Product Manager (1 Year Maternity cover) - West Byfleet - £42,500

I am currently recruiting for a European R&D Technical Product Manager for a global market driven consumer products company based in West Byfleet.

Role & Responsibility


The role acts as both Technical Product Manager and technical communication bridge from R&D to Marketing and Sales influencers and the Consumer directly. As a dual role you are responsible for project management for initiatives; but also act as the R&D communication representative responsible for taking complex technical information and finding unique ways to effectively communicate key messages. It requires effective project management, flexibility in language and style, and tailoring messages based on the target audience whilst maintaining technical credibility. You will also need to respond to queries and requests from the industry to provide guidance at a good scientific level.


  • Provide technical support for projects within Pet Food - both Commercial and NPD projects
  • Lead communications projects (non-NPD) related to companion animal food, chews & treats projects spanning all brands from an R&D perspective.
  • Be the go to person within R&D to answer Brand, Trade, Digital and European subsidiaries' questions on our total portfolio of products
  • Identify potential claims development work to strengthen current brand positions and develop new ideas for communications/commercial projects.


  • All companion animal brands (EUKANUBA, IAMS, 8in1) - food, chews & treats for Europe


  • Design and Support the Brand/Trade and Digital teams with all their initiatives that are not product development related but still require R&D support, claims development and substantiation.
  • Also to :
    • Support the consumer eCRM programme
    • Develop content for infographics, technical education materials and product stories
    • Provide trade teams with product comparisons
    • Develop centralised Q&As for all pre-existing products and develop broader Q&As/FAQs not attached to one particular project but cover the nutritional philosophy for each product.
  • Gather product feedback from digital and Customer Services feedback to help develop future product initiatives.
  • Develop further the link between R&D and breeder/VET programmes

Skills & Experience Required


  • Veterinary Science Degree or equivalent science degree (BSc minimum) in a relevant field to companion animal product development (i.e. Animal Nutrition, Human Nutrition etc.)

  • The ability to clearly and concisely communicate complex information in simple terminology
  • Managing multiple stakeholders
  • Adaptable approach
  • Initiative, self-motivation, attention to detail, and excellent communication skills (particularly written)
  • Knowledge or Experience of Animal nutrition (or food/human nutrition)
  • Excellent command of English
  • Excellent interpersonal skills


  • 2-5 years of experience in Pet Food product development/Pet nutrition &/or care
  • Ability to effectively manage multiple projects of varying magnitude, complexity and tight timings
  • Knowledge of other European languages are very useful (French, German, Spanish etc.).
  • Experience of Product development in an FMCG company

Parkside Recruitment Ltd is acting as an Employment Agency in relation to this vacancy. Parkside Recruitment is an Equal Opportunities Employer.

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