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Culinary Technologist, R&D
C. H. Guenther & Son, Inc. - San Antonio, TX

 

C.H. Guenther & Son, Inc. is a dynamic, growing, family privately owned corporation that has delivered high quality grain-based products, traditional flavors and our just “baked from scratch” taste for more than 160 years. We continue to be a leading supplier of gravies and sauces, baking mixes and other value-added grain based food products to Food Service and select consumer markets in North America and Europe.

Job Title: Culinary Technologist, R&D

Summary:
The Culinary Technologist provides a bridge between R&D Food Scientists, our Sales Team, and our customers. Duties are equally divided amongst product training (both internal and external), product development, and customer support. The Culinary Technologist is responsible for the development of culinary gold standards as part of the product development process and recipe development supporting both our customers’ and our sales and marketing channels’ needs. Additional responsibilities include working directly with our customers’ culinary and menu teams and coordinating and developing appropriate product presentations.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Participate with the R&D team, executing projects for new product development, cost savings & development of formulas, recipes and applications.
  • Develop and execute training and education programs for the internal and external (broker) sales force to demonstrate best practices for preparation, handling, and serving of our products.
  • Actively engage on the new product/innovation process by creating opportunities with existing or new customers. Scout new business opportunities and bring to the attention of the sales channels.
  • Assist Sales & Marketing departments in providing technical information necessary for customers, conduct product presentations, and troubleshooting technical problems.
  • Develop productive working relationships with key suppliers’ key customers’ Culinary/Menu/R&D staffs to engage them in collaborative work to generate new commercial opportunities.
  • Develop culinary gold standards for new R&D projects and assist in development of viable, manufacturer-friendly products.

Minimum Job Requirements:
Education/Certifications:
*A.S. degree from accredited culinary school.
*B.A. or B.S. degree from an accredited institution a strong plus
*Degree in Food Science, Baking Science, or other technical field from an accredited institution a strong plus.
*Valid driver’s license.

Experience:

  • Minimum of 3 years work experience in culinary role including back of house restaurant experience and the food manufacturing industry OR national restaurant chain / national distributor “corporate chef” experience.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
*Strong knowledge of and expertise in a wide variety of food preparation methods and cuisines.
*Strong knowledge of food ingredients and their functionality.
*Passion for food and the restaurant industry.
*Comfortable speaking in front of groups, leading presentations, and communicating directly with customers and salespeople.
*Ability to work effectively in multi-functional project teams to achieve business goals. Must be a strong team player.
*Ability to develop strong working relationships with customers and supplier partners to help develop new business opportunities.
*Ability to effectively manage multiple projects and assignments simultaneously.
*Strong verbal and written communication skills and problem-solving skills.
*Must be proficient in MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort:

  • Standard office environment, but will spend time in manufacturing plants which can be cold/hot environments.
  • Up to 30% travel will be required.

Expectations:
*Must demonstrate, promote and exemplify the Company’s Core Values in People, Quality and Growth
*Must be a team player who freely and openly exchanges ideas with colleagues and key contacts in other departments.

We will demonstrate high integrity, a commitment to excellence, and a positive attitude in all that we do. We are results driven, lead by example, communicate openly and honestly, value diversity and foster long-term relationships. We offer extremely competitive compensation and benefit programs that include medical, dental and vision benefits, 401K savings plan, and more. For additional information about our company, go to www.chg.com.

AA/EEO/Drug-Free Employer

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