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Date Posted: 26/Feb/2014
Deadline: 10/Mar/2014

Global Profilers is a Recruitment & HR Services firm specialized in recruitment in Africa; we are currently looking for a New Product Development Manager for our client who is a Multinational FMCG.



As a member of the middle management team, the role will involve:

  • Building a team capable of meeting current and future company product development requirements


  • Leading the development of new product ideas from concept to launch with an

Understanding of manufacturing processes, customer requirements, market trends,  and packaging and costs

  • Identifying product needs, assisting in developing products to fill those needs, and disseminating product information throughout the organization.


  • Working closely with the companies and sister companies Operations and Sales teams to ensure delivery of products in line with customer requirements


  • Reviewing and completing internal and external customer specifications and briefs


  • Overseeing and generating new label designs which meet required legislation but also eye catching to support brand marketing and sale


  • Owns the New Product Development Process from concept through fulfillment.


  • Builds and develops recipes to fill marketing matrix.


  • Defines and owns all related collateral materials for new and existing products.


  • Writes all product instructions, determines product labeling and packaging



  • Provides vendor follow up, assists in prototype and first sample evaluation. Co-ordinates all New Products with Operations for testing, set up, process and cost evaluation.


  • Briefs product positioning to creative team for use in catalogs, website, emails and retail.


  • Works with Marketing, Customer Service, Operations and Retail departments to develop launch plans for new products across all channels.


  • Monitors product reviews on website and takes appropriate action.


  • Submits trademark & patent applications includes developing supporting rationales.  Tracks and monitors progress.


  • Leads product development committee(s). Gathers staff input and customer feedback on existing/ new products.


  • Brings potentially systemic problems that require immediate action to the attention of Marketing.


  • Supervises the New Product technologist and team while carrying out responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees, as well as planning, assigning and directing work, appraising performance, rewarding and disciplining employees, and addressing complaints and resolving problems.


Qualification and Experience:

  • Bachelor's degree from four-year College or university strongly preferred with a focus in engineering or project management.


  • Four to six years of related experience and/or training, or equivalent combination of education and experience.


  • Have at least two years product development experience at management level in a leading food manufacturing industry ideally with a track record of launching new products to market


  • Be able to demonstrate a record of achievement in a similar role



  • Be passionate about innovation and creativity in the food sector


  • Should  have excellent communication skills and the ability to mentor the NPD team to achieve success


  • Knowledge of manufacturing equipment and software including, but not limited to: Excel spreadsheets, word processing, email, and Internet applications and packaging development software.


  • 4-6 years project management experience - prioritizing projects by importance and deadline, ensuring that deadlines are met, and keeping stakeholders informed of project/program status. Ensuring the projects’ or programs’ goals, purpose, and criteria are clearly defined.  Delegating project assignments and matching the responsibility to the person.


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