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New Product Developer FTC – Amaro Foods / Cape Town

New Product Developer FTC – Amaro Foods / Cape Town

We are looking for an innovative, passionate and meticulous individual to join the NPD Team on a Fixed Term Contract at our Amaro Foods Central Office, Epping.


To interpret customer needs and lifestyle trends for the development of a product development plan that delivers consistent high quality, value for money and exceeds customer expectations; whilst contributing to the respective category’s profitability and the company’s strategic goals and objectives.

Key Performance Outputs

  • Interpret and utilize customer and food trends to develop proposals aligned to trends and business objectives
  • Conduct market research for benchmarking, including range reviews locally and internationally
  • Develop products aligned to customer requirements and briefs, business objectives and legislative requirements
  • Responsible for creating and validating recipes/recipe processes/packaging through kitchen and factory trials
  • Manage and implement the product development process within the category to ensure product ranges are delivered in line with product direction and brand values
  • Continuously look for ways to upgrade existing product ranges according to customer and business requirements
  • Conduct the planning, organizing and monitoring of trials with the relevant teams
  • Sample submission to the customer
  • Attend / set up meetings as required
  • Liaise with Procurement Department to ensure that raw materials are available for production trials within the allocated timeframes
  • Raw Material stock management
  • Coordinate role players impacting timelines for product launches
  • Conducting product presentations to the customer
  • Maintain a project tracking sheet (CPA), to ensure that the status regarding current projects are reported on regularly
  • Update and maintain necessary project documentation
  • Document and file the confirmed recipes for easy access
  • Reviewing and approving artwork via OPAL
  • Ensure feedback forms and recipes are updated timeously, according to the CPA milestones
  • Responsible for submitting the recipes to the Finance departments’ Cost Accountant
  • To complete day to day administration timeously
  • Produce high quality, innovative product samples and ensure these are delivered to the customer
  • Review, set and continuously improve quality standards of existing product ranges through local and international benchmarking
  • Comply with the necessary Occupational Health and Safety requirements
  • Ensure NPD compliance is in line with company certifications, food safety regulations, allergen control, housekeeping and pest control
  • Participate in personal hygiene checks

Technical Skills and Experience

  • Degree or diploma in Consumer Science or relevant Culinary qualification or 5 years’ experience in a similar position
  • Experience in food product development or related foods experience
  • Previous work experience with a Top End Retail supplier is advantageous
  • A superior palate and sensory evaluation skills
  • FPI, Opal and Syspro experience advantageous

Application and Enquiries

To be considered, please apply with a copy of your most recent CV to by 19th July 2024. Please quote the following reference number on your application in the subject line: AMAFTPD001
Successful applicants shall receive communication from the Human Capital Office by 31st July 2024.
If no communication is received to this regard, please consider your application as unsuccessful.
The position will be filled in line with Amaro Foods Employment Equity Policy and plan.

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New Product Developer FTC – Amaro Foods / Cape Town

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