Experience

  • New Product Development Manager

    at KFC (Pty) Ltd

    November 2013 - at Present

    Gauteng

    Development of a validated innovation calendar • Explore new strategic growth opportunities • Train operations and training teams on products and procedures relating to specific projects. • Lead the test kitchen staff and manage the running of the test kitchen. • Conduct consumer research and market immersions to unpack consumer insights for new opportunities

  • New Product Development Manager

    at Sime Darby Hudson & Knight

    April 2010 - October 2013

    Gauteng

    • Lead the product development process from concept, through to factory trials and implementation • Develop new business development strategies, together with the Key Accounts Managers to acquire new business and expand into new industry sectors • Assist customers by providing application support with their existing products and processes, and in the development of new products, in the fats and oils, ice cream, spray drying, industrial and confectionery markets. • Manage the activities of the New Product Development Technologist

  • New Product Development Technologist

    at Tigerbrands Snacks, Treats & Beverages

    May 2008 - March 2010

    Province of KwaZulu-Natal

    • Formulation development and re-engineering of chocolate confectionery products • Arrange and conduct factory trials on new products. • Drawing up of recipes, work instructions, bills of materials and Product specifications • Conduct Design HACCP studies on all new product launches.

  • Regulatory Compliance Officer

    at Tigerbrands Snacks, Treats & Beverages

    October 2006 - April 2008

    Province of KwaZulu-Natal

    • Ensure legal compliance of all Snacks and Treats product artwork to relevant legislation locally and for export. • Guide development team on legally compliant ingredients. • Guide development and marketing teams on product claims. • Calculation and declaration of product ingredients and nutritional information. • Provide advice and guidance on current and promulgated legislation. • Liaising with the Department of Health and SABS Department of Trade Metrology regarding contentious issues. • Communicate regulatory/food safety issues to suppliers and Senior Management.

  • Technical Officer

    at Tigerbrands Snacks, Treats & Beverages

    February 2006 - September 2006

    Province of KwaZulu-Natal

    • Monitor R&D trials and provide technical assistance and collate data for semi-commercial and first production runs. • Assist with new product integration into manufacturing units. • Carry out mass balances to determine process losses. • Draw up flow charts of processes. • Conduct trouble-shooting when raw material or processing problems occur.

  • Research, Development & Implementation Chemist

    at Tigerbrands Homecare

    January 2005 - January 2006

    Province of KwaZulu-Natal

    • Research, Development and Implementation of new products. • Ensure new products and existing products are developed or reformulated and progressed to completion within the product development phase. • Conducting in-house fragrance and consumer evaluations. • Compiling dossiers and ensuring compliance to regulation (SABS, Dept. of Agriculture) • Ensuring suitability and stability of product to packaging. • Creating and updating project time-lines on MS Projects.

  • Development Chemist

    at Witon Chemicals (Pty) Ltd

    March 2003 - December 2004

    Province of KwaZulu-Natal

    • Research and Development of new products to meet customer briefs in the polymer compounding industry. • Optimization of existing formulations to reduce costs. • Supervising trial batch production on the plant. • Providing technical assistance, advice and support to Production and QC. • Reviewing and updating MSDS’s and Technical Data Sheets. • Conducting internal audits of Standard Operating Processes and Procedures. • Ensuring compliance to ISO9001:2000 standards.

Education

  • Post graduate diploma in business administration

    at University of the Witwatersrand

    2018 - 2018 (1 year) Gauteng

  • BSc Degree (Chemistry, Applied Chemistry)

    at University of Kwa-zulu Natal

    1999 - 2002 (3 years) Province of KwaZulu-Natal

Languages

  • English Native

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