Virtual Event - Wednesday, 24th March 2021

The commitment to sustainability within Gen Z generates a huge amount of power and drive just waiting to be harnessed in the next cohort of employees. To take advantage of this, you must promote the opportunities and rewards of sustainable new product development (S-NPD) to this dynamic group as an important and exciting career path.

 

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Event Schedule:

 

Session 1

09.00 – 10.00

Sustainable new product development: a wealth of opportunity

NPD is at the heart of what makes the food and drink industry an exciting place to be. As we shift to prioritising sustainable diets, NPD is crucial to adapting our food systems to make that a reality. But do new graduates who are passionate about environmental issues see the sector in that way? What are the barriers faced by NPD professionals when communicating why the sector is so rewarding and getting the right people into the right roles? What do the rewards of success in S-NPD really look like?

Speakers:

Maria Fernanda Vazquez Nicolini, researcher into Sustainable Food Systems and former Head New Product Development, Pasta Foods Ltd

Anna Richey, Director/Founder, Two Chicks

Simon Waite, Innovation Director, Addo Food Group

10.15 – 11.45

Virtual 1-2-1 networking meetings

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10:30 – 11:00

Personal interview: my food career

Suzanne Davies, R&D Lead, PepsiCo Future Brands

11:00 - 12:00

Career at DOHLER 

Find out more about the fantastic career opportunities at DOHLER

12.00 – 13.00

Student personality and profile: joining the next generation of sustainable product developers

Beyond a commitment to creating sustainable food systems and healthier eating, how crucial are skills and attributes such as creativity and business acumen to new recruits aiming to flourish in this demanding and innovative environment? What should students and applicants be looking to demonstrate in their approaches to food businesses? What experience and attitudes are employers looking for?

Speakers:

Emma Weston, Associate Professor in Food Sciences, University of Nottingham

Johnny Durant, Assistant Product Development Manager, Plant Protein Green Cuisine Team, Nomad Foods and recent Food Science graduate (2017)

13.15 – 14.45

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14.00 – 14.30

Personal interview: my career journey to establishing a start up brand

Jenny Costa, Founder and CEO, Rubies in the Rubble

 

14:30 - 15:30

Planet Organic - Careers and NPD

Take a look inside Planet Organic and what a career in their company could look like.

15.30 – 16.00

Ensuring academic training is fit for purpose: from apprenticeships to university

With seismic shifts taking place in employment and working patterns across the globe, there has never been a more important time to ensure that education is meeting the needs of industry. As climate concerns intensify, the S-NPD sector is heavily aligned with the values of young people but school and university careers services often lack the necessary information and understanding to effectively promote this synergy. What needs to be done to square this circle? What possible routes exist directly from school to NPD roles? And how can relationships between industry and academia be strengthened?

Speakers:

Dr Simona Grasso, Senior Research Fellow, University of Reading

Emily Chater, Technical Services Manager, Pilgrim's Pride Ltd and Food Manufacture Apprentice of the Year Finalist 2021

Michaela Eschbach, MD, Founders4Schools

 

16.30 – 17.30

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