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Food Technologist Job - Plano, TX

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Date: Mar 11, 2015

Location: Plano, , US

Company: Yum! Brands


Food Technologist


Food Innovation


Pizza Hut Headquarters, Plano, TX





Yum! Brands, Inc. has over 39,000 restaurants in more than 130 countries and territories and more than 1.4 million associates worldwide. The Company's brands - KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell are the global leaders of the chicken, pizza and Mexican-style food categories.

Pizza Hut Global, based in Plano, Texas, is a powerful global growth engine for Yum! Brands, with more than 13,000 restaurants. Pizza Hut is a diverse, high-return business, with over 650 new restaurant openings in 2013. Our international business and growth is one of the key factors that makes us truly unique in the restaurant industry.

What makes Yum! a great place to work? It's our people. That's why we invest in people capability so they can make the most of their career. With a diverse workforce and ongoing opportunities for personal and professional success, we've built a culture that rewards and recognizes great effort while providing the work/life balance that is so important to all of us.


Primary responsibilities include in market testing of key initiatives/equipment performance on ingredients/food and supplier/product cutting program evaluation for core ingredients: dough, cheese, pizzas, meat toppings, etc.

Work will include sensory testing of ingredients and products, supporting and conducting equipment validation studies, collecting data, planning and executing food product demos and managing and supporting in market testing in key project areas. Writing technical reports outlining testing protocols used and test results will also be required.

Additional responsibilities will be assisting in the commercialization of NPD initiatives by developing and validating cook/hold procedures and the testing of ingredients from Global Core Suppliers.

The candidate will be expected to effectively work with cross-functional teams and markets to prioritize tasks. This position will also require in market testing by the candidate, requiring good organizational, communication and relationship building skills.

This position will support:

- PH Brand outside the US
- Global core suppliers

Product Technology (65%)

- Supports FIT teams on key projects, including execution of large blocks of test.
- Supports training development tools (quality guides, manuals, etc) and validation for core items and new projects.
- Supports testing of key products for nutrition program
- Assist with global application NPD commercialization by developing cooking and holding procedures
- Contribute to Quality Improvement initiatives through accurate data collection and test execution
- Product demonstration organization, supporting execution
- Leading the execution of the core ingredient cutting program including follow up reporting.

Training (35%)

- Participates in all courses including leading portions of PEC and Advanced Colleges
- Manage knowledge tool transfer to BMU’s (yumnet, etc)
- Actively participate in field training


- BMU’s R&D/QA and purchasing functions
- Global core suppliers
- Field and Dallas RSC Operations
- Engineering
- Restaurant Teams and Operations in YRI


BS in Food Science or related field with 3 years experience. Master degree preferable.

Fundamental skills

- Solid interpersonal skills
- Food safety/quality knowledge
- Interacts well with others, demonstrates cultural sensitivity
- Analytical/investigative and troubleshooting skills
- Effectively participates in cross-functional/cross-regional teams
- Understands needs of project and works to deliver accurate information and data to the team
- Logically answers questions.
- Ability to communicate clearly and concisely at all levels.
- Follows directions from supervisors and others
- Mutually supports peers and other team members. Trust in the positive intentions of others.
- Able to structure and prioritize workload
- Self-motivated. Demonstrates drive for getting things done.
- Detail orientated
- Basic project management skills
- Proficient with standard Microsoft Office products.

Nearest Major Market: Plano
Nearest Secondary Market: Dallas
Job Segment: Food Service, Engineer, Food Safety, Nutrition, QA, Hospitality, Engineering, Quality, Healthcare


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