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NPD Manager

Remuneration:Market related 
Location:Cape Town
Job level:Management Jnr-Mid

Job description

To develop food products which can be produced safely and legally according to Vital quality standards, in line with the company’s food strategy. An innovative specialist that can work independently, who can assertively initiate, drive and execute New Product Development from concept to launch.

  • Research, identify and recommend consumer market in conjunction with the business and current product performance
  • Developing new products, with a focus on “healthier options” from concept to launch
  • Efficient and effective creating and management of new products
  • Work with internal cross-functional teams (commercial, procurement, operations, marketing and supply chain)
  • Build, identify and develop external relationships (suppliers and 3rd parties)
  • Develop the manufacturing processes and recipes and work on existing and new ingredients
  • Review existing formulations and costings
  • Run trials of new products
  • Initiate and recommend changes to improve product performance
  • Investigate and resolve customer complaints in-house and at 3rd party manufacturing
  • Compile, check and approve product specifications and labelling in conjunction with the regulatory department
  • Work closely with Packaging Technologist on new innovations
  • Carry out necessary sensory assessment, packing review and costing
  • Ensure that stringent hygiene and food safety standards are met.


Requirements and skills:

  • Relevant Food Science Degree or B-Tech Diploma in Food Technology
  • 10 years experience in the food industry
  • Five to eight years of extensive experience in product development, initiating formulations in taking it from concept to launch
  • Strong technical knowledge of product development, shelf life testing and packaging
  • Must be a self-starter with good decision-making skills
  • Must be able to take initiative.

Posted on 15 Apr 14:03

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