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Culinary Product Development Technician - Rubio's Restaurants

Carlsbad, CA


Be an innovator of savory flavors!

Rubio's is looking for a Product Development Technician!

The Product Development Technician is responsible and accountable for Rubio’s culinary test kitchen, assisting product development managers with product innovation, conducting yield studies, new product test training, store audits and formatting questionnaires and data analysis for consumer insights testing.


Culinary Test Kitchen
• The following are shared responsibilities with another technician. Must organize, maintain, clean and stock all areas on a routine basis 

    o Maintains current inventory of all stock items (ordering through USF) 
    o Orders additional food products and smallwares upon request 
    o Keeps a detailed log of all in-coming samples from suppliers/vendors 
    o Responsible for prepping and cleaning for showings, presentations and sample cuttings 
    o Compliance and training of recipes within the Rubio’s test kitchen

• Maintains all equipment and small wares 
    o Prep the kitchen for all “kitchen working” sessions including turning on all standard equipment 
    o Responsible for “closing” the kitchen on a daily basis. Ensuring all equipment is turned off.

Assist Product Development Managers
• Assists Product Managers with cook, hold and yield studies; records data and prepares detailed analysis
• Assists Product Managers with training and in-store auditing of new products
• Assists in the development of project plans and materials for distribution to all levels of management including planning and coordinating meetings with company and non-company personnel

Consumer Insights
• Format questionnaires with input from Project Managers and Marketing for Buyer Reaction Studies, Sensory Panels and other types of Consumer Insights testing
• Using Survey Tracker and Scantron, download all questionnaires into system and create reports for Project Managers and Marketing to support a variety of team efforts
• Statistical skills and ability to analyze sensory data and create reports. Emphasis on analytical skills and statistical understanding.


Performs similar and incidental duties as required.


Education: Food Science or Culinary Arts related degree preferred

Experience: Two years kitchen management and assisting with studies involving food and packaging. Computer experience in Excel, Word, PowerPoint, etc.

: Good computer skills with Excel, Word, PowerPoint. Capacity to learn Survey Tracker and Scanton systems.

Language Skills: Good oral, written and presentation skills. Good organizational skills.

Math Skills: Overall skills and knowledge of mathematical principles and practices.

Abilities: Ability to rely on his/her judgment and experience to accomplish goals. Ability to solve practical problems. Ability to manage time effectively, especially when presented with multiple tasks. Ability to ask questions and seek additional information when necessary to get the job done. Ability to work in a team environment. Ability to effectively present information to all levels of management and outside vendors.

Reports to the Senior Manager, Product Development

Weekly contact with vendors to obtain samples and product specifications. Ability to communicate clear and concise directions to vendors, peers and restaurant personnel to achieve desired outcome. Interacts with all other Restaurant Support Center departments. Works independently on several projects, requiring self-discipline and motivation.

Flexible work environment. Time split amongst a variety of jobs and tasks. Requires regional travel approximately 10 - 15% of the time.

Working in the test kitchen, sitting at a computer and regional travel a part of each week.

If this sounds like the awesome opportunity you have been waiting for, apply today!  We offer a competitive salary, excellent benefit package and fun work environment.

Rubio's is proud to offer equal employment opportunities to minorities, females, veterans and individuals with disabilities.


Rubio's participates in E-Verify


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