Associate Innovation Specialist

Fixed Term Contract

York, YN, GB, YO91 1XY

Position Snapshot

Business: Nestlé Product Technology Centre (PTC)

Location: York, North Yorkshire

Associate Innovation Specialist – 6 months fixed term contract

Salary: £18,600 plus  fantastic benefits


This is a full-time temporary opportunity, but we are always open to discuss individual’s flexible working needs so please speak to use during the recruitment process to understand what this could look like for you.


Position Summary

Here at Nestlé Product Technology Centre (PTC) we are recruiting for an Associate Innovation Specialist to join our accelerator team on a 6 months fixed term contract based at our York offices. The accelerator team are a forward-thinking, creative team responsible for developing new product ideas and turning them into real products that are sold to consumers as part of real-world shop tests .The team are responsible for understanding consumer trends and market insight to identify the next big things consumers want. This really is a unique and exciting opportunity to be part of something that is pushing the boundaries of how innovation is done in the confectionery space.

A little bit about us

Nestlé is the world’s largest food and beverage company, operating in 187 countries worldwide. Part of Nestlé’s global network of research centres across the world, our NPTC York site focuses on developing and delivering excellence in confectionery innovation worldwide. Our aim is to lead the way in how confectionery and healthy snacks are developed, manufactured and packaged. It’s a place where creativity and practicality meet to turn fantastic concepts into exceptional industrialised products for our consumers.

A day in the life of an Associate Innovation Specialist

We are looking for an individual who is truly excited by innovation and has a passion for developing new products that will delight consumers. Working as an integral part of the accelerator project team no two days will be the same; you may find yourself interviewing consumers, launching social media experiments, analysing insights, generating product ideas; doing whatever it take to develop successful products to sell to consumers in a shop test. We will bring your speciality skills to our innovation process, strengthening the ideas we build. 

What will make you successful?

We’re building a multi-disciplinary core team for our next accelerator project and are open to candidates qualified to degree level in a wide range of disciplines such as innovation, entrepreneurship, marketing, design, engineering, business, food science etc. What is really important to us is finding a candidate with a pro-active, tenacious and results-focused attitude. A lot of the work will be new to you so a can-do attitude and a willingness to learn are essential. You will love to embrace new ways of working and bring new perspectives to our core team. If you have some experience working in the innovation space this is a bonus but not essential - we will support your learning on the job. 


This really is a fantastic opportunity to join a newly created team that’s acting as a pioneer for our confectionery business to drive world class innovation whilst giving you experience into the front end ideation and innovation processes of how some of the world’s most love brands are created. 

What do you need to know?

What can we offer in return? Great benefits you’d expect from a business the size of Nestlé – in the shape of a competitive salary and benefits package, potential bonus scheme, flexible working scheme, 25 days holiday plus bank holidays plus flex leave, pension scheme and a real focus on personal development and growth.

The closing date for this role is Sunday 18th April 2021. Please note if successful through the recruitment process you will need to be able to start in role at the beginning of July,

We will be considering candidates as they apply and we will occasionally close job advertisements early in the event we receive sufficient applicants, so please don’t delay in submitting your application.

At Nestlé, our values are rooted in respect – for our employees, our customers and our consumers.  That’s why championing diversity and inclusion is so important to us; when we embrace different perspectives and give everyone the chance to be the best they can be, we can think in new, creative ways that grow and enhance our business. We are committed to equal opportunity for all and we may collect relevant data for monitoring purposes during our candidate registration process.  Be yourself, everyone else is taken!

Right to work in the UK 
In accordance with Home Office guidance successful candidates will be required to evidence their right to work in the UK before commencement of employment.  We have assessed this role and do not consider that we would be able to sponsor a successful candidate under the Skilled Worker route as the role does not meet the relevant Home Office criteria; the successful candidate therefore must be able to demonstrate their own right to work during the recruitment process without Nestlé sponsorship.



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