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Product Developer

Dept: New Product Development

Location: Westlake

11 December 2019

Cape Herb and Spice has grown from entrepreneurial roots into a global player, employing over 500 people and operating over 3 sites in Cape Town. Centered around innovation and quality, Cape Herb and Spice gives any candidate a great opportunity to gain extensive experience and build an exciting career across a variety of categories including Spice, Tea & Gifting.

The Spice Division is looking for a dynamic Product Developer to lead projects for key export and local customers to continue the growth of this innovative business.     
Challenges abound in this fast-paced role that offers the opportunity to learn about international business, food and what it takes to be at the top of your industry.

Duties and Responsibilities: 
-Keep abreast of, and research new concepts, trends, market activity and innovation within the tea and herb and spice categories
-Manage sustainable sourcing of new raw materials and packaging from compliant suppliers with long term innovation projects and short term developments.
-Develop successful, commercially viable products that are sustainable and in line with the trends and intended target market 
-Ensure product conforms to country specific regulations on product and packaging
-Manage and execute all stages of the product development process within given deadlines to ensure product is launched on time and detail recorded is accurate and product meets customer requirement.
-Manage Food Technologst to ensure NPD compliance to continuously updated certifications.
-Technical support and problem solving to internal departments.
-Thorough communication related to new products between internal customer focused and  operational departments on all new projects to ensure effective launches
-Report back on project status during weekly meetings.  Periodic attendance of production meetings to communicate on developments.

-Food Tech qualification and 3-5 years’ working experience 
Advantageous Qualifications:  
-Food Science, BCom Marketing/ Business, Project management
Advantageous Experience in:  Customer account management, People management, Product Development, Project management

Qualities and attributes required:
-Deadline driven
-Fluency with excel
-Commercially minded
-High attention to detail
-Ability to work under pressure on multiple projects
-A passionate and knowledgeable foodie
-A good communicator
-A creative thinker
-Team player
-Strong interpersonal skills
-Optimistic solution finder

HR Contact:Mary-Rose Wrigley


Telephone:021 701 5140