North West England
Excellent Basic + Benefits

Process Technologist

Ref: 92| Posted: 1st Feb 2019

Bonfire Recruitment is currently working on a retained exclusive basis with Park Cakes Bakery to recruit a Process Technologist.


Company Background

Park Cakes is a c£160million business which supplies cake and desserts in Own Brand to the Major Multiples. There are two sites in the North West at Bolton and Oldham. The Oldham site is a craft bakery supplying cake products and mainstream desserts mostly to Marks & Spencers. The Bolton site manufactures more commodity based products making for example slab cakes, and top tier unit cake for a variety of retailers including Sainsbury’s, Tesco’s, Coop and Morrisons, and also features some brand products.

The Bolton site has almost doubled in turnover in the last 5yrs following a distinct strategy to develop growth with the Major Multiples. This has been highly successful.

The success of Park Cakes has further been recognised both by its peers and within its sector by being awarded a variety of awards including the Bakery Food Manufacturer of the year.

This is an exciting opportunity for a experienced candidate or graduate at the start of their career with two plus years experience in a technologist position or NPD environment to join our business and gain a thorough understanding of working closley with NPD, Operations and with the Major Food Retailers.


The Role (based in Bolton) :

This is an exciting time of growth for Park Cakes, and this role will offer you the opportunity to join a customer focused team working on innovative ideas. Reporting to the NPD Manager onsite, your accountabilities will include: -

  • Identifying plant trial requirements including planning and organising labour
  • Planning & executing factory trials in accordance with critical path timings
  • Updating the critical path and liaising with all project team members to ensure effective knowledge and understanding of progress 
  • Trouble shooting on any concerns or issues
  • Lead Technical handover of Concept to Process and Process to Operations.
  • Liaise and communicate with customers and departments across the business.
  • To work with and lead the operational teams to develop new ways of working and product/ process improvements.
  • To work with the customers Technical and NPD teams to present new ways of working and product/ process developments


Skills Technical Knowledge:         

Baker, Emerging trends e.g. Health/ nutrition etc, Problem solving and Continuous improvement to improve margin.

Plant and Process Knowledge:

Reduce variation in our products, CI, Drive consistency, industrialisation of NPD/Innovation concepts, identify emerging trends and deal with them.


Candidate Profile :

  • Experience within a food manufacturing ideally in a bakery related environment.
  • Evidence of new product development skills/ideas at a high quality standard.
  • Proven project management skills in order to plan and organise 
  • Comfortable working with other departments and transferring products developed in to industrialised processes.


Package :


  • Excellent Basic Salary - Depending on Experience
  • 25 days holiday a year and 8 statutory holidays
  • Money purchase pension scheme 
  • Discount scheme on purchases from high street retailers


Disclaimer: Bonfire Recruitment or Park Cakes Bakery (Bolton) are not seeking or accepting unsolicited assistance from search and selection firms or employment agencies for this employment opportunity. Please, do not contact any our employees by phone, email or otherwise about this position. Any resume submitted by a search and selection firm or employment agency for a position to any employee via email, social media or any other means without the existence of a valid written search firm agreement for this position will be deemed deemed the sole property of the Company. The Company will not be obligated to pay any cost or fee in the event it offers employment to or hires a candidate that came to its attention through such unsolicited referral.

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