Product Developer
Swift Recruitment (Pty) Ltd
Cullinan, Gauteng, ZA
18h ago

Job Purpose :

Innovating and executing multiple new product development projects and trials from initial concept to launch and aligning existing products to relevant legislation and customer specifications.

Reporting to : New Product Development Manager

Output :

New Product Development

  • Identify and develop new product initiatives in accordance to the 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 wrt product labelling across the group 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 trials

  • Execute 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 system

  • Develop 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 Liaison

  • Liaise and build strong relationship with suppliers, building on :
  • Continual innovation, i.e. new flavors and product / process ideas
  • Compliance to raw material requirements (quality / procurement / availability / cost)
  • Ensuring raw material is available for all trials and initial launch
  • Minimum Requirements

  • Diploma : Food Technology (Required)
  • Degree : Consumer Science / Equivalent (Preferable)
  • 2 4 years’ relevant technical experience (Fresh Meat / Fish)
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