Product Manager Grapes

Capespan has a long history of producing, procuring and marketing grapes from many parts of the world. We sell about 7m boxes of grapes worldwide sourced from our farms in South Africa as well as from over 50 large strategic partner growers in countries like India, Chile, Peru, Brazil and Egypt. We also market citrus fruit, apples and pears in large quantities.

We have a very experienced grape team and have an important position in Europe using historic brands like “Cape” which sets our quality apart from others.

Product Manager: Grapes 

(based in Antwerp or Rotterdam)  

What’s involved:

To do well with grapes we need a strong grape team and therefore good teamwork is a crucial part of this role. We need an all-rounder who has strong planning and commercial skills as well as a personality that can support our passion for the growers and customers that we serve.

The work involves procurement, sales, logistics, administration, planning and materials planning (eg branded boxes, labels, punnets, bags). Involvement in many aspects of taking grapes from the countries we operate in through to the market in Europe and onto the range of supermarket clients we serve. We operate a small network of offices in Europe and there is a lot of co-ordination required between the grape team and the sales and operational teams we have in other offices.

About you:

  • Minimum 3 years fresh produce experience ideally including grapes but must certainly include fruit
  • Someone from a technical and quality management background in grapes could be well suited
  • Some European retail account customer experience would be ideal (doesn’t have to be sales)
  • Strong team player who has a confident and outgoing personality
  • Detail orientated person, accurate with a love of numbers
  • Sense of urgency and willingness to make decisions and work on own initiative
  • Very good to excellent Excel skills with working experience of pivot tables
  • Ideal knowledge would include use of  “Navision” software but training is available so not essential
  • Good co-ordinator and effective communicator
  • Ability to present to customers and desire for sales activity involvement
  • Willingness and interest to travel potentially to source countries
  • Enjoy working with different nationalities
  • Flexible hours of working and keeping in contact outside office hours with what is happening in source countries and with customers. (We work in time zones that can be +5/ -7hrs behind Belgium/ Holland)
  • Driving license/ own car and mobile where necessary

Please send an English language CV to with a brief summary of what experience you believe you can bring to our grape team.

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