Carst and Walker

Wanted! Lead Manager, Speciality Foods, Cape Town

A well-known and established food company is seeking a Technical Business Manager to lead their speciality foods division.


Tertiary qualification in Food Science or Food Technology, with MBA advantageous.

Minimum of 8-10 years in commercial, sales/business development roles in the food industry. Previous experience in management of a department is critical, as is business development & knowledge in technical ingredients in food application in poultry, spices, HMR, baking & confectionery.

Location: Cape Town

Salary: Market related CTC, based on experience.

Description: This is a multifaceted role that involves various aspects of the business and reports into senior management.

  • Working with managers to assist in developing business across markets within the home meal replacement sector.
  • Building & maintaining relationships with national key accounts in SA.
  • Overseeing the division’s food scientists, sales reps, regional managers and chefs.
  • Accountable for volume forecasts and increasing sales volumes by sound business planning, pricing, costing and effective negotiating is all integral to the role.
  • The role is based in Cape Town, within various work environments including offices, food laboratories, factories and client sites.
  • Extensive travel to customers, liaising with internal and external stakeholders.

The ideal candidate:

Will be a young, experienced, dynamic individual, residing in Cape Town, with management experience and previously demonstrated success in the commercial food technology/sales sector.

Must be motivated and driven to succeed, with great people and communication skills to build strong relationships with relevant stakeholders.

Required prerequisites:  

  • Tertiary qualification in Food Science / Food Technology.
  • MBA / Business development qualification advantageous.
  • At least 8-10 years’ experience in technical ingredients food application, commercial & sales.
  • Previous experience managing a relevant department.
  • Business development, budgeting & costing experience.
  • Poultry, snack dusting, home meal replacement, baking & confectionery experience.
  • Manufacturing/FMCG experience advantageous.
  • Flexible, adaptable, creative & innovative.
  • A passion for building strong relationships.
  • Valid driver’s license and own transport essential.
  • Excellent communicator.

Commencement: ASAP

Please apply online at:

Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted


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