Careers Senior Product Developer
Senior 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. Centred 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 Senior 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. Pro-actively keep abreast of legislative developments. Drive execution of legislative updates as required.
-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.
-Support to other product developers and project managers to ensure procedures are adhered to and internal processes are executed accurately (BOMs and artwork)
-Manage Food Technologists for Spice and Gifting to ensure NPD compliance to continuously updated certifications.
-Manage shelf-life testing process.
-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.
-Training of NPD team on departmental procedures and update procedures as required.
-Food Tech degree and 5-10 years’ working experience
-Food Science, BCom Marketing/ Business, Project management
-Advantageous Experience in: Technical, Customer account management, People management, Project management
Qualities and attributes required:
-Fluency with excel
-Strong research and Analytical ability
-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
-Keen interest to grow within the company
HR Contact:Mary-Rose Wrigley
Telephone:021 701 5140