A most reluctant new job opportunity at nomu

New Job Available
A NEW POSITION has opened at NoMU for a Junior-Mid-Level Product Developer.

We are looking for a young, energetic, motivated and committed person with some experience in New Product Development in food. We need someone urgently with an appetite for a serious challenge and a skin thick enough to deal with all sorts of curve balls, hurricanes and even ocassional slippery surfaces.

A professional qualification in Food Technology is essential as is your own transport and verifiable references. An ability to handle constructive criticism is vital and ‘precious’ as a character trait will not score points. Being able to bake a good chocolate cake will help though…

You need to live in Cape Town or surrounds. You will need a valid passport. You will need a sense of humour. You will not need a torch or a change of clothes. Enjoying Monty Python could help too but being able to quote from The Holy Grail every now and then is useful..

The hours are long and the conditions are often strange, bordering on peculiar – we work on an ‘Anything is possible. Anything can be done‘ basis. If your glass is half-empty, don’t bother, you won’t last.

The post is available for training and handover immediately.

We TRULY wish we did not have to advertise this now though. The boots that require filling are very special, very unique and very difficult to replace. You can expect lots of ‘Oh, we all miss (that person).’ That said, if you are regarded by your friends as extremely talented, a little bit crazy and boundlessly energetic, and you love the idea of creating and developing new food products more than you need oxygen, then apply within.

Email a ONE PAGE CV to info@nomu.co.za

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaand………. GO!

Posted by Paul in Events, NoMU musings, The background stuff on March 6, 2013.

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  1. Allistair commented

    Just read your job posting for Junior-mid-level product developer and I must say I have never in my life come across a job ad that was this honestly and this SAD. I would be very surprised if anyone who read this ad would apply.

    As eloquently as it is put, all I see is a poor soul that will be working him or herself to stand still to try and meet unachievable expectations with absolutely no rewards.

    I’m really glad I’m not applying.


    March 30, 2013 10:08 pm
  2. Paul commented

    Hi Allistair
    Thanks for the note and for taking the time to reply.
    Unlike a lot of other brands, we pride ourselves on being honest and open about what we do and how we do it. The ‘ad’, such as it is, is meant to reflect the reality of a ground level position in a very small company where it is all about opportunity and not necessarily reward. Not immediately anyway…
    Tracy and I understand this trade off in the scope of how we both started our careers which meant (typically) taking on a tough and challenging post with the intent of proving ourselves worthy of reward only later on.
    The ad is *meant* to dissuade people who want it all to easily, too quickly and ironically, actually, we have had several positive responses already, one of whom we have already appointed!
    That said I do hear you but perhaps your comments reinforce the point of how I positioned the opportunity in the first place.
    What I couldn’t say is that the job also entails overseas travel, extra ‘birthday’ leave, a fantastic and supportive, family-style workspace, unparralled in South Africa, as well as highly unusual levels of responsibility and independence to directly influence NoMU’s future product development strategy etc. etc. All in all, if you were a young development professional, this post ought to be a dream come true with an appropriate amount of toil involved to justify (and earn) the longer term advantages.
    Still, it’s patently not for everybody even if it does look as if we have already found the right kind of person. So it all worked out well in the end :)
    Thanks for taking the time to reply and all the best

    April 2, 2013 6:05 am

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