Short Summary:

The main task of this role is to assist with new, as well as renovation projects within the NPD department. Allocated
projects need to be managed independently and will include the below responsibilities.


 Compiling research documents for potential new ingredients, products & packaging
 Research in selected product category, to determine viability of NPD (Gated)

New Product Development

 Product formulation according to defined brief
 Sourcing of ingredients/packaging where required
 Ensuring adherence to relevant food legislation requirements
 Ensuring adherence to required endorsements (CANSA, HSFSA, Kosher, Halaal)
 Sample preparation
 Chemical, microbial and sensory analysis where applicable (internally and externally)
 Preparing cost estimations
 Optimal pack and pallet configurations
 Allocating inner and outer product barcodes
 Assisting in label development according to legislative requirements

Production Trials

 Arranging product, ingredient and packaging trials
 Documenting production trial processes and results
 Ensuring samples are allocated to internal and relevant external labs for analysis
 Arranging correct labelling and processing of product samples packed during trials

Project administration

 Creating MS project lead time documents for all projects
 Completing project check List sheets for all new products
 Updating project folders on a regular basis
 Creating new items and completed bill of materials for products
 Completing endorsement applications (CANSA, HSFSA, Kosher, Halaal)
 Completing product applications & registrations for DAFF
 Proofing product labels to ensure correctness
 Arranging invoices, purchase orders and payments of approved transactions


 Communicating and driving new product project requirements with clients (internally and externally) where
 Communicating and driving new product project requirements with suppliers where applicable

Assisting with ad hoc Commercial/New Product Development activities

Key Competencies:

Qualification and Experience

 Tertiary Qualification in Food Science/Food Technology or similar science related field
 2-3 years’ experience in a retail product development role
 Experience and understanding of the food legislation landscape including product, packaging and label
 Computer literate (MS Project, MS Word, Excel, E-mail)

Skills required

 Excellent communication skills both written and spoken
 Ability to work under pressure in a quick-paced environment
 Good problem-solving skills
 Good interpersonal skills
 Attention to detail/accuracy
 Organised /structured
 Responsible
 Takes ownership
 Initiative
 Goal-driven

We invite candidates to forward their comprehensive CV’s to the Human Resources Department via e-
mail at or hand deliver by no later than Friday, 18 September 2020.


Additional Details
Company Name
Job Title
  • Research and Development Technologist
Closing Date
  • 18th September