KFC Corporation, based in
Louisville, Kentucky, is one of the few brands in America that can boast
about having a rich, 60-year history of success and innovation. In fact,
KFC is the world's most popular chicken restaurant chain and a division of
Yum! Brands, the world’s largest restaurant company. Yum! Brands consists of KFC, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut with
more than 40,000 restaurants in over 125 countries and territories and more
than 1 million associates. Yum! is ranked #216 on
the Fortune 500 List and generated more than $13 billion in revenue in
More important than
our size is our commitment to breakthrough innovation and the success of
our employees. We're proud of the unique culture we've built, one that's
filled with energy, opportunity, and fun. We believe in our people, trust
in their positive intentions, encourage ideas from everyone, and have
actively developed a workforce that is diverse in style and background.
Yum! is a place where anyone can, and does, make a
This position designs,
plans and manages complex or major research and development projects
resulting in new or improved products and processes. This position works
directly with Brand Managers and cross-functional teams and suppliers to
develop new menu items for KFC.
This position is responsible for product development, consumer validation,
commercialization, market test, national launch and post-launch support of
4-5 new products per year for entire domestic KFC system.
R&D leadership and representation on cross functional project teams.
Attends weekly team meetings, updates and discusses deliverables, barriers
and solutions. Acts as liaison between team and Senior Manager. Develops
new products with support and input from cross-functional areas. 15%
and recommends products from suppliers. Performs research guidance consumer
tests and in-market research tests, interprets results and recommends next
steps. Evaluates overall consumer acceptance of new products. 25%
& conducts research as needed to approve new product ideas, procedures
or products. 10%
operational procedures and specifications for new products which yield a
safe and consistent quality product. Researches and establishes equipment set
points, cook and hold times. Evaluates and validates consumer acceptance of
products throughout the cooking and hold times, across all approved holding
and supports technician's efforts against project objectives. Provides direction
to vendors and consultants. 15%
cross-functional teams. Structures, prepares and delivers presentations
with confidence and impact to Sr. Management. Coach cross-functional team
required - as project related.
This position will
regularly interact with all suppliers. They will regularly interact with
RSCS program managers and buyers, cross functional team members of all
levels, members of the Define and Explore team, Core Products, Engineering,
QA and International teams. This position will be accountable to present
their research to Leadership, reporting data, supporting direction and
defining next steps. This person will also interact with members of
Franchise community, such as the Operations Sub-Committee.
Bachelor of Science in
Food Science or related scientific field. M.S. Preferred.
7-9 years food industry experience.
Strong product/project management experience. Poultry industry experience
preferred. Some people management experience a
plus. Strong interpersonal skills and strong personal initiative. Must have
strong collaborative nature and be a team player. Must be able to present
material in composed and confident manner. Accountable to build know how of
peers and leadership by discussing the contradictions. Must be able to
apply data-driven hard facts with business acumen and judgment. Ability and
rapport to coach and direct technical and non-technical associates. Ability
to plan and prioritize multiple projects while delivering breakthrough
results. Must be able to execute projects within timelines and budgets.
Must be able to quickly anticipate and identify potential challenges and
proactively recommend course of action to resolve. Must be resourceful to
find new sources of information and innovations.