Job Title: NPD Food Assistant

We’re looking for a new assistant to join our Fourayes New Product Development team in Bicknor, in the heart of the beautiful Kent countryside.

Reporting to: The NPD Coordinator

Full Time Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30am-5:00pm with a 30-minute unpaid lunch break

Salary: £24,150 per annum, pro rata if part time

Holidays: 20 days pro rata plus Bank Holidays

Fantastic Rural Location in the middle of our English Bramley apple orchard. So, you will need to have own, or reliable transport to site. We are 5 mins drive from Detling Hill and 15-20min drive from Maidstone or Sittingbourne.

Plenty of Extra Perks & Bonuses:

  • Life Insurance Cover after 3 months of service

  • Contributory Pension Scheme after 3 months of service

  • Statutory Sick Pay

  • Employee of the Month +£100

  • Attendance Bonus if not off sick for 12 months from beginning of holiday year

  • Family Fun Day and annual BBQ

  • Christmas Party – for all permanent employees

  • Easter Eggs for all staff

  • Food tasting events (own products)

  • Departmental social events

  • Staff Canteen (for self catering)

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Fourayes Food Development

Great team and lots of social events throughout the year

Company perspective and background

Puratos Fourayes is an exciting new venture. Puratos has been developing innovative products for the bakery industry since 1919 and has recently acquired Fourayes, the UK’s number one grower and processor of fruit. We’re looking for someone with a passion for making things happen, real enthusiasm for the food industry, as well as a strong desire to be part of cross functional teams.

The Puratos Group’s annual turnover now exceeds €2 billion and the Fourayes acquisition is key part of our ambitious growth strategy to reach €5 billion by 2030. We aim to reach this with the creation of innovative food solutions that promote health & well-being and steadily move businesses, customers, people, and the planet forward.

Job Purpose:

The NPD Assistant will be responsible for supporting in the development of new products as requested by management or customers.

Main Duties & Responsibilities:

Essential duties and responsibilities include the following:

  • Devising and developing new products and their recipes/formulations under the guidance of NPD Coordinator.
  • Providing support in all areas of New Product Development within a fast-paced environment.
  • Assisting the creative evolution of products from initial concept to delivered goods.
  • Producing kitchen trials and pilots.
  • Involvement in establishing the product quality control parameters.
  • Preparing and despatching samples to relevant customers.
  • Observing first production of new product to ensure conformance to the established development parameters.
  • Completion of all documentation as required.
  • Accurate recording of technical data.
  • Cleaning/maintenance of new product development area and kitchen.
  • Attending customer visits as and when required.
  • Ensuring stock ingredients are replenished – stock rotation, ordering ingredients from suppliers.
  • Flexible to cover NPD Coordinator role in times of departmental absence.

The above list of duties is not exclusive or exhaustive and the role holder will be required to undertake such tasks as may reasonably be expected within the scope and grading of the post.

Education and Experience:

Essential: GCSE or equivalent in Mathematics, English and 2 Sciences
Desirable: 12 months experience in food manufacturing, product development or technical

Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by the role holder to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential tasks.

While performing the duties of this job, the role holder is regularly required to stand, use hands to finger, handle or feel: to taste or smell. The role holder is required to talk or hear. The role holder may be required to occasionally lift product. To avoid any heavy lifting, please ensure you use the appropriate trolleys provided.

Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, colour vision and ability to focus.

Work Environment:

While performing the duties of this job, the role holder is frequently exposed to moving mechanical parts. The role holder will occasionally be exposed to wet and/or humid conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate to loud.


Please complete the Summary Application Form and send it, together with a copy of your CV, to Jessica Williams at: or you can post the completed form and a copy of your CV to J Williams, Fourayes Farm Ltd, Bicknor, Sittingbourne, Kent. ME9 8BJ

If you have any questions or would like to discuss your application please email or call on 01622 884230

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Join the Bramley Apple Picking team in the Autumn

If you don’t work all week in the factory then you can join the picking team in September & October. It’s £10 per bin for the 1st pick. Also great if you are student looking for holiday work.

Learn more about Apple Picking at Fourayes