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Research & Development Manager
Kahala Management LLC

Scottsdale, AZ, US




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Worker Category :Full Time


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Assist Tastemaster and/or R&D Chef with development of new products and provide operational procedures for preparation.

Work with internal teams and suppliers to make improvements to existing products. Work closely with Operations and

Purchasing to procure products as needed. Monitor current industry trends, consumer insights and competitive

restaurant/menu strategies. Assist with the setup, execution and breakdown of headquarters meetings, events and employee activities. 



•           Create and develop new products, menu items and product lines

•           Meet with suppliers for prospective new products and ideations for new items

•           Lead product development ideations for individual brand tastings

•           Provide technical expertise and resolve any technical, operational and performance issues that arise during product


•           Develop and refine specifications for new and/or existing products

•           Manage the execution and evaluation of projects while maintaining food safety and regulatory requirements specific

to the menu development

•           Complete accurate food costing and ingredients for developed products 

•           Assist with product photoshoots by completing pre-shoot preparation of builds and products, working with food stylists

and ensuring accuracy of builds on shoots

•           Work with multiple departments on all aspects of test programs and product rollouts, including Purchasing, Distribution,

Marketing, Operations and Training

•           Complete nutritional analysis using ESHA Genesis nutrition software

•           Monitor current industry trends, consumer insights and competitive restaurant/menu strategies

•           Support various Ops Services team responsibilities and assist with headquarters events such as dry run fundraisers,

employee lunches and employee activities (e.g., planning/setting up/hosting/breaking down headquarters events)



•           Passionate about food and food service



•           Culinary Arts degree; preferred Bachelor’s in culinary, foodservice, food science or hospitality

•           Minimum 1-3 years of experience in restaurant back of house 

•           Basic knowledge of food production and processing

•           Thorough knowledge of food safety standards, HAACP and Serve Safe Certification

•           Basic culinary knowledge, technical skills and understanding of restaurant equipment and services

•           Thorough knowledge of food products, recipes and procedural writing, and food costing

•           Strong knowledge and experience with ESHA software and data entry is a plus

•           Excellent verbal and written communication skills

•           Strong skills in Microsoft (e.g., Word, Publisher, PowerPoint and Excel)

•           Ability to handle a variety of different tasks at once, prioritizing and sequencing actions/decisions to move tasks toward


•           Organized, detail-oriented and able to work independently, as well as part of a team

•           Enthusiastic, optimistic and service-minded team player

•           Demonstrated desire for continuous learning and improvement


Requisition ID: 1028


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