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  • Posted: Oct 12, 2020
    Deadline: Not specified
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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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    Senior Product Developer: Prepared Fruit

    Main Purpose:

    • 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.

    Key Responsibilies:

    • 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

    Key Competencies:

    • 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
    • Customer orientation
    • Organisational, planning & project management skills
    • Results driven
    • Innovative / continuous improvement mind-set
    • Team player with appreciation of diversity
    • Computer literate
    • Strong communication skills (both written and verbal)
    • Proven commercial aptitude – ability to understand and use financial indicators
    • Ability to incorporate product strategy into supplier base
    • Proven ability to work with design team to ensure appropriate visual imagery is developed within the corporate brand identity
    • Strong integrator – proven ability to work within in a matrix and lead and drive cross group projects.
    • Strong presentation, communication and negotiation skills
    • Ability to set and improve quality standards in a complex supplier base

    Method of Application

    Interested and qualified? Go to Woolworths on www.linkedin.com to apply

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