Research & Development Chef- Lisle, IL(
: Aug-06-2015, 8:59:00 PM
: United States-Illinois-Lisle-Lisle -2200 Cabot Drive
: Day Job
: Yes, 10 % of the Time
Research & Development Chef
The world of foodservice is transforming and the pace of change is increasing. As part of our Food Solutions R&D Team you will be part of a dynamic and flexible team where people are empowered to take ownership and responsibility in order to deliver results. As an organization we provide a highly professional and entrepreneurial environment. We have a strong culture with passion for food and chefmanship and for living our brand promise of bringing inspiration every day to our customers.
To provide fully culinary expertise in formulation and chefmanship within R&D in order to develop and deliver on time in full products for Food Solutions projects and support to key activities.
Build network with the Food Solutions business chef team ; ensure effective collaboration focused on project deliverables with emphasis on benchmarks & culinary requirements to ensure seamless delivery of quality innovation projects on time in full.
Own quality of prototypes within R&D to ensure highest quality is always achieved; Push the boundaries of quality within R&D.
Inspire culinary and creativity within the R&D team including management of showcase/presentation/lunches for visitors to R&D and for R&D events.
Duties & Responsibilities:
Work with Foodservice business chefs to understand a) new innovations- benchmark developments b) category trends and c) product trends.
Convert chef gold standards into working culinary prototypes using combination of industrial and semi-commercialized ingredients; effectively hand over and communicate to food scientists for further design and deploy activities.
Own the quality of R&D product development ensuring it meets chef benchmark, by supporting and challenging Food Scientists during product & process development.
Drive culinary and creativity within R&D department through individual as well as team training & events and establishing strong links with Food Solutions business chefs.
Drive customer/BOH/FOH understanding within R&D team to raise the bar in foodservice understanding.
Maintain overview of new ingredients available from suppliers that are applicable to relevant cross categories for future developments; use to inspire and push the boundaries within R&D.
Responsible to establish network with other R&D formulation chefs especially those in (Retail, Regional; Deploy Centers) and Europe (esp. Global Design Centers).
With QA: to flag product performance issues and to provide culinary knowledge in the assessment of customer complaints.
Provide culinary evaluation and sign off approvals to solve supply chain emergencies, VIP Projects and factory transformations.
Provide culinary guidance to assist cross functional project teams to deliver on time in full.
Associate Degree in Culinary Arts.
Bachelor of Science preferred.
C.C.S. preferred (Certified Culinary Scientist).
Expertise in Food Science/Culinology.
Cross-Category Product development experience.
Knowledge/experience in Foodservice preferred.
5 year minimum product development experience.
Enjoys Hands-on/practical work.
Enjoys experimenting with food.
No dietary or food allergy restrictions.
Unilever offers a competitive compensation package which includes: Medical & Dental Plans, Life Insurance, including eligible spouses, domestic partners & children; Health Care Flexible Spending, Dependent Care, Retirement & Savings Plans, Tuition Reimbursement, Paid Vacation and Holidays.
Please note: as part of the job application, you will be asked to complete pre-screening questions. Completion of the pre-screening questions are mandatory in order to be considered. Please allow yourself plenty of time to complete both the application and pre-screening questions. If the pre-screening questions are partially answered or not at all, it will adversely affect the progress of your application. Please be aware that you will have to complete the pre-screening questions at once as you will be unable to return to it later.
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, or other protected class in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local laws. Unilever takes affirmative action in support of its policy to and advance in employment individuals who are minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.
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