Midrand, GautengUnderstand the Marketing strategy and align with all new product development and trends, both locally and internationally Develop the menu to ensure the Brands remain the most exciting, innovative menu offerings aligned to consumer demands Responsible and involved in Menu sign-
offs and promotional shoots Stay abreast of national and international competitor product / innovation trends. Conduct regular competitor visits and report back to brand teams on product and price.
Implement and manage the entire new product development (NDP) process obtain products, product testing, price negotiations, stock level projections, forecasting, quality checks, distribution, discontinuations, risk stock and write offs Maintain supplier relations and collaboration in developing new product ideas and driving strategic price points and profit optimisation Development of pricing strategies and accountability for recipe integrity Handle all product related queries from manufacturing partners and Franchisees ensuring clear communication to the Franchise network on any products / recipes or product / recipe changes Ensure a complete 18-
month pipeline of new menu and promotional line items at any given point in time for the Brands Full accountability for the Brands menu pricing and profitability.
Need to be familiar with menu analysis based on profitability and sales thereby creating a menu mix that will drive maximum profitability for Franchise partners, whilst still adhering to consumer needs Responsible for customer complaints which are product based Take full accountability for packaging development and driving innovation in packaging including design relevance, competitive, environmentally friendly Manage uniform and crockery development from concept to final rollout Interface with Marketing, Training, Supply Chain, Forecasting, Manufacturing and Operations Prepare presentations and present at National Franchise Council, Brand Conferences and Brand Strategy sessions Conduct monthly & quarterly OPS visits Matric with a Hotel School qualification Strong record of accomplishments of successfully developing and launching new products Minimum of 5 years’ experience in product development side of the FMCG, Retail or the Fast food industry Must have experience presenting and selling your own concepts and new product ideas Preferably previous franchising experience