International New Product Development Manager

As International New Product Development Manager (NPD Manager) you are responsible for the coordination of a selection of international innovation and renovation projects for the different categories (Bread, Viennoiserie, Sweet on the go, Savoury) within the Frozen division of LLBG. As a result, you have a strategic impact on the further development of the company.

You will cooperate closely with the Category Managers and Brand Managers as well as with other departments, such as R&D, technology, sales, production, quality, finance and the NPD managers from Eastern and Western Europe.

As part of the international NPD team, you will apply appropriate procedures and processes and will monitor and report on the status of your NPD projects. The common goal of these activities is the fast and successful introduction of new international products in the market.

Your function

Your main responsibilities are:

  • In close cooperation with the International Category managers, you will further develop & renovate the categories in line with our product leadership strategy.
  • Translation of the project brief into clear product briefs including the physical & qualitative product characteristics, needed claims & ingredients to use.
  • Defining the location of production depending on the feasibility/needed investments and possible timeline in close cooperation with group R&D and the operations team.
  • Accountable for the overall coordination of the prototype development, from the collection of the raw materials, over the development of prototypes up to the validation of the product & parameters (including claims, shelf life validation & prices).
  • Close cooperation with the international brand team to provide the needed info & samples in the different stages of the project to help building the concept.
  • Accountable for the onboarding of the local team (NPD/Local technologists) & the overall coordination of the line scaling up to the product creation and validation of the final product & quality in line with the initial briefing.
  • Assessment and performance measurement of the central innovations in close cooperation with the category manager for the identified categories.
  • Project manager in different strategic LLBG group projects.
  • Build positive relations with other members of the NPD team, share best practices, encourage them to act and influence them to comply with the required procedures and processes.
  • Track industry trends and show interest in new technologies and processes. Organize status meetings with our main suppliers to be informed about the latest products/ingredients they can offer and to follow up on ongoing developments.

In this position you report directly to the International NPD Marketing Manager.

Your profile:

  • You hold a Master degree in science (eg. Bio-engineer, Food technology engineer, …).
  • You have experience in coordinating projects in the FMCG industry, preferably in the food industry.
  • Excellent communication skills in English (spoken and written); other languages are an asset.
  • Open to change and innovate and you are able to motivate other departments to cooperate/deliver in the development of new products.
  • Pragmatic and systematic approach, good organization skills, strong sense of responsibility, resistance to stress and effectiveness in making decisions.
  • Creative and a passion for bakery and pastry products (trends, ingredients, processes, textures,…).
  • Flexible to travel (avg. 20% of time)

Our offer:

  • You will join a growing Belgian family business active in the European bakery sector.
  • Every day, more than 4,000 enthusiastic colleagues produce and sell high-quality bakery products to consumers, supermarkets and the catering industry. This is a unique opportunity to work within a company with a strong vision, that continues to grow and innovate in top products.
  • You will have a real impact on our product range and will be in a leading role to introduce new products to the market.
  • At La Lorraine Bakery Group, entrepreneurship is strongly appreciated and there is room to take initiative.
  • You will join a team of driven and enthusiastic (international) colleagues, who are happy to share their knowledge and help you grow and develop. Our LLBG Academy supports and develops our employees through various training initiatives. By developing everyone's talent and expertise, we can all become the best version of ourselves.
  • You will be part of an organisation with strong growth ambitions that also wants to take responsibility for the environment and society. We are committed to meeting today's expectations in a sustainable way, with our future generations in mind.
  • We value our employees and invest in a happy work environment through various initiatives such as: sports and wellbeing activities, respect for worklife balance through homeworking and flexible working hours.
  • In this function you will enjoy an interesting financial package including meal vouchers, hospitalization insurance and group insurance, complemented by 30 days of vacation that can be planned freely.
  • Our products take centre stage and you can literally taste our passion every day.


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