26 Sep, 2019

Product Technologist

  • Wellness Warehouse
  • Cape Town, South Africa
Full time Health Care & Medical Management Professional Services Science & Technology

Job Description

We are looking for a Product Technologist to join our Merchandise Team based at the Support Office in our Flagship Kloof Store, Cape Town.

The successful respondent should personify the Wellness Warehouse Brand at all times and have a genuine interest in leading a healthy lifestyle.

Reporting to the Merchandise Managers, you will be responsible to ensure that all products stocked at Wellness Warehouse are aligned to the Wellness product standards and to assist Wellness to be leaders in the healthy living industry.

Main Responsibilities will include, but not be limited to:

  • Accountable for the assessment of all new products (checking formulation, ingredients, packaging, labels, supplier manufacturing process). Ensure product ranges meet the Wellness product criteria.
  • Responsible for inspecting the quality, safety & legality of all merchandise & suppliers before product is listed.
  • Ensure all products are being produced ethically & all raw ingredients have full traceability.
  • Investigate all product claims & request all certifications.
  • Ensure Wellness’s ingredients policy is reviewed & updated as needed.
  • Project manage the Own Brand & Private Label development process & ensure all deadlines are achieved.
  • The Own Brand development process will entail ensuring the highest quality products are ethically sourced, the traceability of all ingredients & that the supplier’s manufacturing facilities adhere to GMPs.
  • Evaluate future new opportunities to leverage Wellness Own Brand as well as improve existing products.
  • Manage all customer queries, relating to the quality assurance of products.
  • Manage all supplier interactions, relating to quality control & good manufacturing practices.
  • Develop product bulletins on all new products launched.
  • Responsible for the product training of all stores’ team members on Wellness Own Brand & Private Label ranges
  • Research trends within the wellness industry & keep the merchandise department informed on local and international trends to ensure that we are is at the forefront of innovation

Minimum Requirements:

  • BSc Food Science, BSc Dietetics, BSc Nutrition, BTech Food Technology
  • 1 years’ previous experience working in the field
  • Previous exposure to retail (preferred)
  • Computer literacy in Microsoft Office programs
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • People-orientated and team player
  • A keen interest in latest nutrition & food science research and labelling legislation
  • Multi-tasker with excellent time-management skills
  • Professional approach to maintaining supplier relationships

We invite all suitably experienced applicants to submit a concise CV with a letter of motivation