Process Technologist

Reports to:

Rob Sivell (NPD Manager) / Ruth Fingleton (Head of NPD) TBC


Bristol Innovation Centre, Farleigh Church, Old Weston Road, Flax Bourton. BS48 1UL.


As per FSC benefits scheme


Full time, Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm

(occasional work outside these hours are required to travel to manufacturing sites, including weekends and night shifts)

Company background:

FSC is a family business with 30 years of award winning experience in creating, rolling out and managing bespoke customer food-on-the-move solutions. Our customers include a selection of blue-chip companies in various industries, such as Shell, Debenhams, Thornton’s and Dunelm. We offer a range of consultancy services drawing on our in-depth knowledge of the food-on-the-move sector and have managed projects in South America, North America, Asia, Scandinavia and several European countries.

Our Head Office is located in the world-famous village of Cheddar and we have an Innovation Centre near Bristol in Flax Bourton. Although many of the team are based throughout the UK and Europe, we regularly get together to review performance, share best practice and socialise! As well as working in a challenging and fast-moving environment, we believe it’s important to have a big chunk of fun and no day is ever the same at FSC.

The role will involve…

  • Driving the development of products from chef handover to launch, focussing particularly on the manufacturing aspect of the process
  • Building relationships with the manufacturers, understanding their capabilities and spending time on site with their development/process teams to create exciting products in an efficient way, following the products through to the launch and beyond
  • QAS agreement and sign off
  • Signing off ingredient/product specs with the supplier
  • Attending factory trials, pre pros and product launches at various locations across the UK and Ireland
  • Liaising and communicating with the manufacturers, other members of the NPD team, ops team, technical team and account managers throughout the development and launch process
  • Creating and managing manufacturing specifications using the NPD system
  • Ensuring NPD processes required are completed on time
  • Managing timings and prioritising to meet File to Print (FTP) dates
  • Assisting in the sourcing new ingredients where appropriate
  • General team support and admin including daily use and upkeep of the NPD system, ensuring the ingredient/product information is accurate, up-to-date and ensuring consistency across different ingredients and suppliers
  • Reviewing the market and keeping up to date with current food trends and issues
  • Performing any other duties and objectives as required from time to time to contribute effectively to the achievement of the business aims and objectives
  • Generating/formatting/checking information for product labeling including descriptions and ingredients in accordance with current legislation
  • Proof reading of artwork against pack copies ensuring consistency across all cutter guides/product type

Qualifications (academic and work-related):


  • BSc Food Science/Technology
  • Valid driving licence


  • Understanding of HACCP


Experience required:

  • 3+ years’ experience in NPD/process within FMCG, and having visited/worked in several different food manufacturing sites
  • Experience in working in a fast-paced environment, working with a high volume of SKUs
  • Knowledge of UK labelling legislation
  • A strong interest in food outside of work and awareness of market trends

Key skills:

  • Computer literate, particularly EXCEL
  • Meticulous attention to detail
  • Excellent organisational skills
  • A self-starter
  • Able to work independently and as part of a team
  • Relishes working in a fast-paced environment in a hands-on capacity
  • Has a natural can-do attitude
  • Shows initiative
  • Has ability to learn to use new software quickly
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Ability to multitask

We can offer a friendly and dynamic working environment. We are a family business which values a good work-life balance, but also personal development.

To apply for this role please send a CV and covering letter to Toril Simpson: