Nandos Careers: Food and Innovation Student Opportunities 2024

The Food and Innovations Student is responsible for supporting the Food and Innovations Manager who creates new innovative product concepts incorporating new and/or existing ingredients and packaging to deliver a product that serves customers’ needs and is operationally executable.

Closing date: 08 July 2024

Location: Johannesburg

Minimum Requirements
Education (Formal Qualification Required)

  • In progress to achieve a Degree in Food Science or Technology Diploma or Food & Beverage Operations
  • Legal Requirements (e.g. Driver’s License, etc.)

  • Driver’s License
  • Travel – local


  • Knowledge of food microbiology (Basic)
  • Knowledge of food processing (Basic)
  • Knowledge of qualitative and quantitative research methodologies (Basic)
  • Knowledge of regulatory food legislation (Basic)
  • Experience in Food Photography for food shoots (Basic)
  • Understanding a student may not have all the above experiences

Duties and Responsibilities
Concept Development

  • Develop concept plans as aligned with the Brand Plan
  • Based on concept development strategies, investigate food trends, innovations, and consumer needs to identify any unmet food needs
  • Build concepts and review through research funnels to identify the top concepts that get approved for taste research
  • Conduct quantitative concept research
  • Product Development, Research and Costing

  • Develop product prototypes through technical investigation into raw ingredients and interactions
  • Conduct qualitative taste and sensory research analysis with the current target market to identify the most preferred product
  • Follow Nando’s stage gate process taking the product from ideation to launch

  • Apply SA legislation relating to food safety
  • Develop and sign off specifications with Suppliers, including ingredients, packaging, equipment, and small wares
  • Compile allergen booklet, and regularly update food nutritional & allergen info for all meal items
  • Cross-functional collaboration

  • Collaborate with Operations to establish the feasibility of product execution and additional requirements that may be needed
  • Collaborate with Supply Chain to source required ingredients and packaging within cost parameters

  • Work on product enhancements or changes to existing products
  • Work with Learning and Development to create product training approaches
  • Trial Preparation, validations, and Monitoring

  • Support Brand experience at photoshoots to create point-of-sale photography
  • Check standard operating procedures to establish a match between the recipe and methodology developed

  • Monitor trial roll-out through observations to establish that defined product protocols are being applied
  • Confirm full product packing process is in place and ready for launch

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