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Product Developer

Dept: New Product Development

Location: Westlake

15 January 2020

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.

The tea division of Cape Herb & Spice is looking for a dynamic project manager to lead tea, and herb & spice projects for a key local customer as well as help grow the tea business internationally by working closely with customers across the globe, with a common goal to deliver innovative tea, and herb & spice products which South Africa has to offer.  

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
•    Develop successful, commercially viable products that are sustainable and in line with the trends and intended target market
•    Manage and execute all stages of the product development process within given deadlines 
•    Ensure product conforms to country specific regulations on product and packaging
•    Manage sustainable sourcing of new raw materials and packaging from compliant suppliers
•    Ensure NPD tea compliance to continuously updated certifications
•    Liaison between customer and internal operational departments on all new projects to ensure effective launches
•    Schedule, lead and monitor customer weekly meetings and minutes
•    On-time product launches
•    Effective execution of launches within internal departments

Either an equivalent of the below degrees and 3-5 years’ experience or 5-10 years’ experience will be recognized
Advantageous Qualifications:  
-Food Tech
-Food Science
-BCom Marketing/ Business
Advantageous Experience in:
-Customer account management  
-Project management 
-Product Development

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

HR Contact:Mary-Rose Wrigley


Telephone:021 701 5140