Careers Product Developer
Dept: New Product Development
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
-Food Science, BCom Marketing/ Business, Project management
Advantageous Experience in: Customer account management, People management, Product Development, Project management
Qualities and attributes required:
-Fluency with excel
-High attention to detail
-Ability to work under pressure on multiple projects
-A passionate and knowledgeable foodie
-A good communicator
-A creative thinker
-Strong interpersonal skills
-Optimistic solution finder
HR Contact:Mary-Rose Wrigley
Telephone:021 701 5140