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Product Developer

Product/Project management
Cape Town – Western Cape

ENVIRONMENT:
Our client, a global FMCG leader with three Cape Town sites and over 500 employees, seeks a seasoned Product Developer to join their team focusing on international trade and customer service. This role requires a blend of commercial expertise and project management skills, ideal for a food enthusiast. Responsibilities include spearheading projects for a major local client and expanding the tea business globally with a focus on innovative South African products. The position offers challenges and learning opportunities in international business and the food sector, aiming for top-tier performance. Key objectives encompass project management and product development.
 
DUTIES:
  • 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
  • Project 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 compliance is in line with company certifications, for both tea and spice
  • 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
 
 
REQUIREMENTS:
Education and Required Knowledge:
  • Either an equivalent of the below degree and 3-5 years’ experience or simply 5-10 years’ experience in the industry will be recognized:
    • Food Technology
    • BSc Food Science
 Advantageous experience in:
    • Project Management
    • Product Development
    • Commercial exposure
  • Computer Literacy (Microsoft office)
  • Excel Fluency – Intermediate level
  • Excellent verbal and written communication in English
  • Driver’s license essential
 
ATTRIBUTES:
  • Deadline driven
  • Proactive and enthusiastic
  • Commercially minded
  • High attention to detail
  • A passionate and knowledgeable foodie
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • A Creative thinker
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Positive Mindset
  • Solution-orientated

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