Vosges Haut-Chocolat - Chicago, IL
This individual will be responsible for guaranteeing
the innovation, the research and development, and optimization of products,
building on the company values and quality standards. They will ensure
compliance with safe food practices and will develop project plans, monitor
and report project progress against timelines. This position will interact
directly with the CEO, as well as Production, Purchasing, Quality
Assurance, and Marketing departments to deliver products that are
consistent with Vosges Haut-Chocolat business
strategies and goals.
- - Research, develop, and test
new food items and new or alternative ingredients to improve existing
- - Adjusts recipes during
culinary testing via input from Katrina Markoff/CEO.
- - Generate recipes,
procedures and complete specifications to ensure consistent execution
of products according to VHC standards.
- - Keeps current on food
trends and new product development, especially those related to
chocolate and the confectionery industry.
- - Assist in identification,
development, refinement and planning of new product concepts that will
meet business strategies.
- - Responsible for tracking
product consumption, labor hours, food cost, etc., as necessary to
gauge overall profitability of test goals.
- - Manage development of
experimental formulas, processing procedures and specifications for
new or improved products that meet project parameters, marketing
goals, food regulations and operation feasibility.
- - Develop, monitor and report
project status to ensure timely formulation changes, while working
with internal departments and external resources to develop recipes
and methods of food production.
- - Manage large batch trial
runs to validate or modify formulas and processing procedures to
ensure reproducibility of the finished product.
- - Follow new products/recipes
from conceptualization to actual production (small trial,
large batch trial, mould testing,
packaging, launch date, etc.)
- - Document, coordinate and
train internal employees on procedures to support the launch of new
and current products.
- - Responsible for sourcing
new raw ingredients, organic ingredients and secondary sources.
- - Develop a working relationship
with suppliers and recognize new trends in raw material market place
for a potential integration into a new or optimized formula.
- - Responsible to ensure
smooth execution and successful delivery of projects by applying good
practices of project management.
- - Solicit information
regarding future product requirements to collectively address
- - Work with Quality Assurance
to manage required product and validation prior to launch a product
(testing including but not limited to shelf-life, stability, retains,
analytical, raw material, sensory tasting).
- - Establish and maintain
procedures and guidelines for Research & Development from concept
idea to final product.
- - Establish and maintain
precise and accurate documents including but not limited to formulas,
processing procedures, specifications, project status reports and
- - Will have through knowledge
of Vosges Haut-Chocolat standard operating
procedures for product manufacturing
- - Will have demonstrated
knowledge of how to table and seed temper
- - Strong attention to detail
- - Strong math skills
- - Solid presentation skills
- - Able to communicate
effectively with senior management and vendors, both orally and
- - Ability to meet deadlines
- - Documentation accuracy,
organization, analytical and follow-up skills are critical
- - Ability to multi-task and
prioritize in a fast paced environment
- - Ability to recognize and
identify subtle flavour differences in
- - Knowledge in food science,
ingredients functionality and food processing
- - Culinary degree from
accredited culinary school
- - Minimum 3-5 years of
relevant work experience (chocolate preferred)
- - Outstanding communication
and work ethic
- - Can work as part of a team
- - Experience in new product
development and production start-ups and troubleshooting
- - Capable of formulation in a
- - Ability to handle pressure
and take direction in a demanding environment
- - Bilingual (Spanish)
- - Knowledge of Vosges Haut-Chocolat products
- - Outgoing, enthusiastic and
Thank you for your time and interest in employment with
Vosges Haut-Chocolat. Your resume will be
reviewed, once received, and a Vosges representative will contact you if
additional followup is needed.
About Vosges Haut-Chocolat:
Vosges Mission: Vosges Haut-Chocolat®
welcomes you to an experiential realm of storytelling through the medium of
chocolate. By means of esteemed craftsmanship and conscious innovation, we
inspire you to interact with the world in a different way.
- Value No.1 – We uphold our
brand experience as our highest priority, delivered through the
quality and craftsmanship of our artisanal chocolate, thoughtful
narratives, and flawless service.
- Value No.2 – We champion
ethical and environmentally sustainable practices, and are accountable
for our impact, as we create chocolate with a worldview.
- Value No.3 – We inspire and
model innovation, taking risks and pushing the boundaries of chocolate
- Value No.4 – We celebrate a
diversity of ideas, backgrounds, and interests in our people and our
- Value No.5 – We foster
collaboration, flexibility, spontaneity and positive, solution-driven
- Value No.6 – We approach our
guests, partners and one another with fairness, open-mindedness and
- Value No.7 – We strive to
deliver with grace in all that we do.
Vosges Haut-Chocolat offers a
challenging, professional team-work environment within a business casual,
manufacturing environment. We offer excellent career growth opportunities,
competitive salary package, profit sharing, 401(k), medical and life
insurance, as well as paid time-off. For additional information on Vosges
Haut-Chocolat please visit our website at:
Vosges Haut-Chocolat is an
Equal Opportunity Employer.
Qualified candidates please submit your resume to HR at
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