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The first Woolworths store opened its doors to the public in Cape Town in October 1931. And it was founder Max Sonnenberg who captured the public’s imagination with dynamic store policies that set Woolworths apart from its competitors.
Three years later, a second branch opened in Durban, with another two in Port Elizabeth and Johannesburg a year later....
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To interpret customer needs and lifestyle trends to deliver a product development plan that delivers leading innovation, maximises core growth, ensures consistent high quality, value for money and exceeds our customer’s expectations, whilst contributing to the category’s overall profitability.
Give input to and implement category and supplier strategies
Identify, analyse and interpret lifestyle, retail and food trends to ensure that the Core Fruit & Prepared Fruit categories continue to deliver strategic leading edge innovation and profitable sales growth
Manage and implement the product development process within the category to ensure that product ranges are delivered in line with agreed product direction whilst adhering to brand values, within a set CTP
Using lessons learnt to analyse catalogue and identify product eliminations, upgrades and new opportunities to maximize the category
Integrate with cross functional team in commercial, technology and planning wrt the launching of competitive, profitable ranges
Integrate with marketing and sales management teams to ensure maximum product exposure and implementation of initiatives
Implement a product development strategy to support customer needs and to deliver to the foods directional framework
Drive the strategic direction for ranging and positioning products for the customer
Develop and maintain sustainable, mutually beneficial long term relationships with suppliers
Set the product benchmarks for the category
In conjunction with technical team, set and continuously improve the quality standards of the product ranges, through local and international benchmarking
Initiate and manage design brief and packaging development for the range, ensuring briefs communicate customer facing messages and tier of product
Adopt a customer - facing way of working and gain an in-depth understanding of the various customer segments through research and customer focus groups
B.Sc Consumer Science or relevant qualification preferably Culinary or relevant Culinary experience
5 to 8 years experience either in Foods product development experience – preferably in the Prepared and/or Fruit industry; or in Marketing in FMCG industryTeam leadership ability
Ability to drive and interpret innovation strategy across category
A superior palate and sensory evaluation skills
Understanding of foods, lifestyle trends and target market.
Passion for food/ high level of culinary skills with ability to transfer passion into commercially viable product