Product Developer

Duties & ResponsibilitiesNew Product Development & Product TrialsIdentify and develop new product initiatives in accordance with the company's Group Strategy in the factory and butchery counters.Design and conduct new product trials, from concept to launch.Develop product specifications raw material, final product and internal.Conduct the necessary trials and develop additional product documentation as required, i.e., cooking time verification reports, 4P documentation, Pack Copy (label) information incl. ingredient declarations, Internal NPD Requests, etc.Stay abreast of, and ensure compliance to, the most recent legislation and customer specification requirements with regard to product labelling across the company's product offering.New products KPI reporting 6 weeks after product launch & continual sensory monitoring of products to ensure quality and profile is maintained.Training of production and quality teams to ensure product is manufactured according to specification.Preparation/make-up and timely dispatch of samples to customers.Project TrailsExecute relevant product trials aimed at improving existing products/protocols/ranges or new product initiates.Design project plans, communicate with relevant operational teams, capture data and compile reports.Maintenance of internal product information systemDevelop and change internal product specifications (NPD Requests) as required.Submission of NPD Requests to the IT and Master Data departments and the verification of these updates to the operational system (i.e., BOM changes or tare weights).Supplier and Raw Material Liaisono Liaise and build strong relationship with suppliers, building on:o Continual innovation, i.e. new flavours and product/process ideas.o Compliance to raw material requirements (quality/procurement/availability/cost).o Ensuring raw material is available for all trials and initial launch.Desired Experience & QualificationQualification detailsFood Technology Diploma is required.Consumer Science / Retail Management / Food Science Degree would be advantageous.Experience2 - 4 years technical experience with meat/fresh food is required.Functional CompetenciesProduct Sensory AnalysisInnovation AwarenessComputer LiteracyReport Writing SkillsAccuracyDetail FocusConscientiousnessResearch & Development
Pretoria, GT, ZA