PRODUCT DEVELOPER : HOUSE PLANTS Needed

  • Full Time
  • Cape Town, South Africa

Worker24

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 respective category’s overall profitability

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

  • Relevant qualification in the Horticulture/Floriculture industry would be a benefit
  • 5 years +  product development experience in FMCG or Horticulture/Floriculture industries is essential
  • Strong planning and project management skills
  • Creativity and vision; and the ability to identify and translate product and design trends is essential
  • Ability to develop a clear strategy across categories; and to further communicate this strategy clearly and convincingly
  • Understanding of retail, & lifestyle trends and target market & range segmentation
  • Customer knowledge & understanding
  • Passion for product with ability to transfer passion into commercially viable product
  • 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 lead and influence a supplier base on strategic direction
  • 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 / drive cross group projects
  • Strong presentation, communication and negotiation skills
  • Ability to set and improve quality standards in a complex supplier base

JOB SPECIFICATIONS

  • Give input to and implement category and supplier strategies
  • Identify, analyse and interpret lifestyle, retail, design and horticulture trends to ensure that the category  continues to deliver strategic leading edge innovation and profitable sales growth
  • Together with matrix team, initiate and drive the hardware and product strategies for House Plants to support customer needs and deliver to the foods directional framework
  • Manage and implement the product development process within this selected category to ensure that product ranges are delivered in line with agreed product direction whilst adhering to brand values, within a set timeline.
  • 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
  • Develop and maintain sustainable, mutually beneficial long term relationships with suppliers
  • 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 briefs, lead 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 intimate understanding of the various customer segments through research and customer focus groups


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