Shoprite: Technical Product Developer
Purpose of the JobThe Technical Product Development role is a highly specialised, operational role within the national private label development team that participates in various activities related to the technical specifications and actual production during the products development phases within the factory environment. Whilst an integral part of the process includes technical quality assurance of the product, this role works alongside the QA Technicians who manage the quality aspects whilst this role focuses on the broader aspects of development and production. The purpose of the role is ensure that the product developers work according to the development plan and ensure the product is delivered within the approved time, quality and costing assignments/standards approved for the product.Job Objectives- Deliver a product development plan that delivers leading innovation, maximises core growth.- Manage and implement the product development process within the category to ensure that product ranges.- Conduct strategic product research and portfolio development and give input to and implement category and supplier strategies.- Integrate with cross functional team in commercial, technology and planning wrt the launching of competitive, profitable ranges. Experience and Qualifications- BSc - Consumer/Food Science or BTech - Food Technology and/or other relevant Nutritional Sciences, Dietetics and Culinary related or equivalent.- Minimum 5 years experience in a similar role.- 2-3 years Research and Development / New Product Development in a food FMCG.- 1-2 years experience developing food products from inception, through production to the launching stage, improving new and existing products. Knowledge and Skills- Self-motivated and driven with strong integrity - take accountability for actions and mistakes.- Collaborative partnering build relationships both internally and externally.- Open, honest and direct, is comfortable in giving and receiving constructive feedback.- Think and act independently as well as collaboratively.- Operational efficiency someone who can spread themselves across multiple tasks simultaneously by working smartly, efficiently and effectively.- Diligently staying on top of the details and understanding how they fit into the big picture.- Time management - ability to prioritise a high volume of projects simultaneously in a fast-paced unpredictable environment.