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Food Product Developer - Biscuits

Woolworths Limited

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Product Development Specialist - Biscuits

  • 12 months Secondment

  • Inclusive culture with a focus on creating genuine career opportunities 

  • Norwest Support Offices with WFH work arrangements

About Us

Woolworths Food Company (WFC) is one of the four divisions of the Woolworths Food Group. This new centre of expertise is set to establish a world-class FMCG business and change the landscape of the Australian food industry.  WFC will drive a clear competitive advantage for the Food Group through increased innovation in its own and exclusive brands, expansion into growth markets, building manufacturing excellence and the establishment of strategic, long-term partnerships.

We partner with dynamic suppliers to provide a range of owned and exclusive branded products to meet the ongoing and changing needs of Woolworths and Countdown customers. 

We have a passion for food. Our integrated teams of Buyers, Developers, Quality, Welfare & Sustainability Specialists, Customer Insights & Sensory Specialists, Chefs, Nutritionists and Marketers work closely with suppliers to deliver the best mix of quality, taste, innovation, nutrition and value for our customers. By focusing on our customers and providing them with passion and integrity, we maintain a sustainable and competitive offering for Woolworths, Countdown and our supply partners.

We’re going to move fast and there’ll be change along the way. We'll leverage, nurture and grow our talent to drive points of difference and create a sustainable, collaborative and agile culture where we continue to evolve and put the customer at the centre of everything we do.

About The Role

We are looking for a passionate & experienced Product Developer to join us to develop and refresh a seasonal portfolio of products that are great tasting, great quality and innovative. The role sits within our WFC Food & Exclusives portfolio and requires an experienced candidate with commercial awareness and a passion for your products and ensuring we have the best products in the market for our customers within our cost and quality expectations.

We are looking for candidates with experience in product development, and project management with a good level of sourcing experience locally & internationally.

You will be responsible for developing and refreshing a portfolio of products that delight customers and align with the category strategy. You will work collaboratively with our suppliers and internal stakeholders right across the product life cycle. You will be responsible for developing strategic plans with our category teams and bringing these products to market. 

Key responsibilities:

  • Ensuring customers are at the centre of all decisions by utilising all available customer insights and data, including participation in customer focus groups and forums. 
  • Working collaboratively with our supply partners, the Buying Team, Category Marketing, QA & Packaging Design teams to ensure products are developed in line with brand guidelines and launched on time every time
  • Partnering with all relevant stakeholders to build an effective strategy that will serve beyond the immediate future, that is reflective of category role, customer demographics, customer needs, emerging markets and product trends. Prior experience with Mintel and Quantium is an advantage.
  • Collaborating with the Brand Management Team for all projects to understand brand strategy & guidelines, and support and manage the design process to timely execution to contribute to development of the final Packaging (marketing) artwork brief
  • Partnering with suppliers, assessing submissions and driving the sample review process internally.
  • Investing time with Category Manager/ Own Brand Manager /Category Heads in stores, visiting manufacturers, conducting competitor analysis through store visits and interacting with customers to contribute to longer-term NPD planning.

About You 

You are currently working in a Product Development or Sourcing role in a complex & customer-centric environment. 

  • Min 3 years in Product development or experience in a relevant discipline within a complex/matrix environment
  • Strong understanding of product, ingredients, processing and cost makeup of goods. 
  • Knowledge of manufacturing processes and impact on Cost of Goods.
  • Solid organisational and project management skills.
  • Demonstrated experience with diverse stakeholder interaction
  • Ability to identify risks, gaps and potential opportunities for sustainable business growth
  • Ability to create seasonal development plans, with a focus on innovative products.
  • Knowledge of, and ability to identify upcoming trends, analyse, interpret and apply, as well as identify potential gaps/ opportunities  in the market 
  • Ability to identify new development formats and ideas, as well as brief new concepts

Want to connect? Connect with us on LinkedIn. We’re also social! - connect with us at #WOWcareers through LinkedIn or via www.wowcareers.com.au

Grow with the Group

Woolworths Group has announced it will be requiring Australian team members to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (subject to medical and religious exemptions).

As an inclusive, team-first company, our people are at the core of everything we do. 

We care deeply about creating a workplace where our team members feel valued, respected and empowered. We are committed to providing equal opportunity regardless of gender identity, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation or life stage. We are proud to be recognised as a Gold Tier Employer in the Australian Workplace Equality Index for LGBTQ+ inclusion and as an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency.

As our Group continues to evolve, innovate and support our communities, we encourage our team members to do the same with their own careers, by providing ongoing opportunities to grow and make a real difference. 

We value flexibility, and encourage our team members to work in ways that meet their work/life commitments and support their wellbeing. 

We work hard to create a safe and inclusive environment for all, and most importantly, we're all about creating better experiences – for our customers and for each other.

We’d love to hear from You

If you meet a number of the requirements, but not all, we encourage you to submit your application. You can learn more about working with us on LinkedIn.

Our Talent Acquisition Team and Hiring Leaders kindly request no unsolicited resumes or approaches from Recruitment Agencies. Woolworths Group is not responsible for any fees related to unsolicited resumes.

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Job details
Date posted
24 May 2022
Marketing & Advertising
Product Manager & Product Developer
$90k ~ $100k
Contract type
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Full time
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Private business

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