Head Development Chef

The Addo Food Group
Market Drayton
13 Sep 2017
28 Sep 2017
Contract Type
Full Time
Head Development Chef (manufacturing)

Palethorpes Bakery, an award-winning and market-share leading 'Chilled Savoury Pastry' food manufacturer, is currently looking for an experienced Head Development Chef to complement an existing passionate and enthusiastic team.

Our Vision as a business is to inspire our customers through excellence in quality food, innovation and integrity. As a member of our Development Team you will be directly contributing to this vision through your core tasks and responsibilities. These will include, but are not limited to:

- Effective delivery of the Palethorpes strategy and Customer Category plans
- Innovative interpretation of Customer briefs delivered via effective research and presentation skills
- Direct line-management of the Development Kitchen Team (Innovation Chef and Kitchen Assistant)
- Understanding the Chilled Savoury Pastry market to enable identification of new trends to improve existing products or inspire new
- Value engineering of ingredients, packaging and processes to ensure we maintain our market leading offering
- Accurate use and upkeep of development resources and documentation

The successful candidate for this role will need to demonstrate the following skills, qualifications and attributes:


- Experienced Development Chef with a demonstrable understanding and delivery of innovation from kitchen concept to factory production
- Multi-stakeholder team-working experience (Customer, Development Team, Production Team)
- Excellent presentation skills and great communicator
- People management experience
- Project management experience
- Educated to at least a City & Guilds level 3 or NVQ level 3 in a relevant qualification
- Competent in Excel/Word and Retailer spreadsheets


- Lives within a 30 mile radius of Market Drayton (TF9 3AL)

In return for the above the successful candidate will receive a total reward package that includes:

- A competitive salary between £35,000 and £45,000 dependent on experience
- Company Pension
- 33 days holiday entitlement
- Formal and informal learning and development opportunities
- Salary sacrifice opportunities for Childcare Vouchers
- Heavily discounted staff shop
- A progressive working environment that puts its people at the heart of what it does

So who are we? If you haven't heard of us before we are one of the largest employers in Market Drayton, Shropshire and part of the wider market-leading and UK based Addo Food Group. As part of this award-winning Group, we produce chilled savoury rolls, savoury hot pies, pasties and slices.

Our business has been producing products in this category since 1852 and the Palethorpes Bakery has operated from its current Market Drayton site for nearly 50 years, a milestone we are looking forward to celebrating with the local community this September.

Palethorpes Bakery's success is driven through our team of passionate people who inspire our customers through excellence in quality food, innovation and integrity. Recent examples of this vision bought to life include our recent investment of £2 million to develop a unique cooking method, inspired by one of our Chef's, which produces consistently succulent meat. This is the first use of this technique in the market and has enabled Palethorpes to grow its market presence by winning substantial new business.

If you would like to join our award-winning, market-leading team please use the 'apply now' link and follow the on-line application instructions.

We look forward to welcoming you to our team soon!

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