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R&D Manager
Milk Bar - Brooklyn, NY




Milk Bar is an award-winning and high-volume production bakery. We're part of the Momofuku family. Since our opening in November 2008, we've focused on putting a playful and approachable spin on familiar, home-style desserts and savory snacks using quality ingredients. If you're looking for a challenging yet supportive environment, we want to hear from you!

The Research and Development Manager is responsible for testing new products, reworking current recipes, and innovating new items to bring to Milk Barís dynamic menu. The individual will work across all departments to ensure production is as efficient as possible while maximizing quality, creativity, and the spirit of Milk Bar.


  • Oversees research and development of new and reworked products including
  • Recipe testing, development, and management from inception to large-scale production
  • Influencing and setting timelines for product development
  • Determining techniques and ingredients usedo Ingredient sourcing and ordering
  • Analyzing product shelf life
  • Facilitating improvement of product quality and production efficiency
  • Ensuring cost goals are meto Maintaining organized tasting notes
  • Providing tasting samples as requested
  • Project manager of yearly menu change plan, coordinate offerings with all departments to ensure information has been properly communicated
  • Responsible for quarterly menu change process including providing product introductions and descriptions to all departments, ensuring serving and assembly guides have been communicated to the Front of House team, confirming production guide has been worked through with the commissary teams, and working with the Operations team to ensure logistics have been set
  • Oversee production for special events, photo shoots, and promotions as needed, ensures product consistency and quality
  • Help troubleshoot product issues as they arise from a flavor and quality standpoint
  • Conduct research on new topics, techniques, and ingredients as requested
  • Work closely with regional commissary teams to provide support including designing new recipes according to site-specific ingredient availability and facility conditions
  • Provide weekly status updates to the Director of Culinary Operations
  • Attend all commissary meetings and update the larger team on current projects
  • Travel to outside commissaries and partners as needed
  • Manage a small team of assistants including work flow, scheduling, performance reviews, food safety procedures, hiring, training and disciplining

Skills & Requirements

  • Knowledge of and experience with high volume production and corresponding equipment
  • Food science background preferred
  • Understanding of recipe costing
  • Basic computer skills and a willingness to adapt to new technology, familiarity with Compeat a plus
  • Experience managing a team
  • Ability to work independently and meet tight deadlines

Job Type: Full-time


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