Product Development Lead (Maternity Cover)
Closing Date: 2nd May 2021
Contract: 12 month fixed term
Are you an expert in developing natural products with experience in health and wellbeing? Do you aspire to play a key role in a purposeful, sustainable and growing ethical brand, where your expertise will directly shape product development and innovation across a growing portfolio of teas, supplements, liquids, and other plant-based innovation? Based in our inspiring Bristol head office, this is a fixed term position to cover maternity leave (12 months) working full-time. The role comes with a competitive salary, alongside a benefits package designed to nurture your wellbeing and personal development.
About the opportunity
This exciting opportunity calls for an inspiring candidate to work closely with the Herbal & Sustainability Director on both the leadership of the Product Development team (known internally as the Herbal Development team) and the delivery of industry-leading product development and innovation across our teas, supplements and other new herbal creations. With the support of two Herbal Developers and a Lab Technician, you will partner with key stakeholders across Pukka to drive diversification and growth across our exciting organic range. You’ll be an expert in product development, with a strong knowledge of manufacturing, sustainability, packaging design, quality, and safety standards. From this foundation you’ll guide new and existing ideas through Pukka’s product development process and consider how we can best evolve in line with our strategic business plan and commercial objectives.
You’ll have proven experience leading R&D projects with a cross-functional team, demonstrating innovative, creative, blue sky thinking, underpinned with a technical mindset and awareness of organic, Fair for Life and FairWild certification. An expert in product development, with an interest in healing traditions and science, you’ll also be qualified with a relevant degree in Herbal Medicine, Food Technology, Nutrition or other health-related discipline that underpins your industry experience. With a history of commercial success in product development, you’ll have outstanding commercial acumen and the ability to influence, engage and partner successfully with internal and external stakeholders. You’ll be adept at stepping agilely between big picture thinking and detailed project planning, and successfully discern the most effective solutions for delivering herbal expertise in the field of development. Highly organised with strong project management skills, you’ll also have an immaculate level of attention to detail, the ability to proactively problem solve, and be able to discern the most effective solution for delivering herbal expertise. If you are to join us a Product Development Lead you’ll thrive at pace, be resilient and turn challenge and obstacles into decisive and purposeful action. You’ll be someone who seizes opportunities to benefit the wider business and communications goals and be passionate about contributing to a purpose-led mission – everything you do is designed to inspire people to nurture healthier, happier lives through powerful organic plants.
About Pukka Herbs
Pukka Herbs harnesses the incredible power of nature through its award-winning organic and ethically sourced herbal teas and supplements.
Founded in 2001 by Tim Westwell and herbalist, Sebastian Pole, Pukka’s mission is to create a world where plants play a central role in human health and wellbeing.
Pukka is a beacon for sustainable and ethical business. All Pukka’s teas are certified Fair for Life, one of the highest independent fair trade standards in the world and many of its teas use FairWild herbs. Pukka is a B-Corporation, signifying its ongoing commitment to put people and planet ahead of profits. And over one percent of its sales are given to environmental causes around the world every year through 1% for the Planet.
How to apply
If you’re intrigued and excited by what you’ve read so far, let’s see if you have what it takes to thrive at Pukka. To apply please use the link below and attach your CV, complete our application with your written answers to the four questions below, and your responses to our two written or video questions.
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Pukka supports, facilitates and promotes equality of opportunity and a culture which celebrates diversity and inclusion. The diversity of our people is important for Pukka and we value and celebrate individual differences.
Closing date: 2nd May 2021