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Sr. Manager, Research and Development, Bakery - Canton, MA







Canton, MA, US

Department Description

Dunkin Brands is one of the world's leading franchisors of quick service restaurants with more than 19,000 points of distribution in more than 60 countries worldwide, Dunkin' Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN) is one of the world's leading franchisors of quick service restaurants (QSR) serving hot and cold coffee and baked goods, as well as hard-serve ice cream. At the end of fiscal 2015, Dunkin' Brands' nearly 100 percent franchised business model included more than 11,700 Dunkin' Donuts restaurants and more than 7,600 Baskin-Robbins restaurants. Dunkin' Brands Group, Inc. is headquartered in Canton, Mass.  All of this remarkable success is due to the hard work of our motivated and dedicated team of approximately 1,100 employees.

We are poised for even greater success, and we need enthusiastic people who are looking for career growth at a company that encourages innovation and nurtures entrepreneurial thinking.  We are expanding our brands – Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin Robbins and need hard working, energetic people to help us reach our goals.  If you enjoy a fast-paced environment, have a positive attitude and are looking for a company that invests in its employees, then please apply!

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Brief Description

Purpose of Position:


Lead team in the development of a robust pipeline of innovative products and platforms for all donut, bakery and sweet snacking occasions that meet the needs of our target consumers and the financial objectives of Dunkin? Brands.  Work strategically with cross functional partners in developing and executing a long term test calendar that delivers new innovations to market.


Day to Day Accountabilities:


This position leads a team of research chefs responsible for the development of new menu items and product platforms.  Essential duties include:


·         Researches and identifies food trends relevant to our target consumers and leads team in applying knowledge to new products and innovations.

·         Collaborates with category partners in building a robust test calendar

·         Presents new menu items and how they support brand strategy at key leadership meetings and franchisee committees.

·         Works with cross-functional partners in the testing and approval of new ingredients or operational processes.

·         Leads team members in the development of the ?gold standard? bench prototype and ensures relevant qualities and attributes are maintained throughout the commercialization process

·         Reviews and approves product specifications and specification manuals

·         Leads team in seeking out new technologies or ingredients for innovation

·         Ensures the team understands business direction and is developing menu items that support brand strategy.

·         Coach and mentor team members in their professional development



Detailed Description



·         6-8 years? experience in R&D

·         Experience with people management required

·         Experience with food manufacturing

·         Prior baking and pastry experience

·         Culinary or Food Science Degree preferred




Prior Positions

Research Chef

Food Scientist


Future Positions

Director of R&D

Director of Commercialization

Director of Operations


Key Competencies:


·         Planning

·         Functional / Technical

·         Managing and Measuring Work

·         Organizational Agility

·         Dealing with Ambiguity


Physical Demands/Working Conditions:


The work environment of this position may include, but is not limited to, the following:


·         Extended time seated at a computer or while attending meetings

·         Prolonged times standing during presentations, sampling events, and product showcases

·         Occasional days, beyond normal business hours, leading and assisting with preparations for franchisee or licensees meetings.  Duties may include, but are not limited to

§  Lifting

§  Extensive walking

§  Working in cold environments (eg. In and out of freezers and refrigerators)

§  Working in hot environments (commercial kitchens)

§  Working in wet environments (commercial kitchens) with wet slippery floors


Physical Demands/Working Conditions:

Office Based Roles:

Position is 100% performed in climate-controlled internal office environment working under office conditions.  Approximately 20% travel will be required in support of the position?s responsibilities. 



Job Requirements


Additional Details

How To Apply

To be considered for this position, please apply by clicking the link below. You can also view all jobs on our career site at  


Dunkin’ Brands, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, and considers all applicants without regard to age, race, color, religion, creed, national origin, citizenship status, gender, disability, genetic information, sexual orientation or veteran status or any other legally protected category.


We are committed to providing reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities.  If you require a reasonable accommodation in the application or hiring process, please email us at and include the nature of your request, your name and preferred method of contact.  Requests for reasonable accommodation are considered on a case by case basis.  Any application materials submitted will not be considered and we will not respond to any inquires made that are unrelated to requests for reasonable accommodation by individuals with disabilities.



Professional Area

R & D (Product & Concept)


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