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VP of Culinary (263) Ė Western Washington

MOD Pizza




Req Id 263 - Posted 09/25/2017 - Western WA - Ops Service - Operation Services - Washington

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MOD was founded on the idea that if we take care of our people and our communities, the business will largely take care of itself. We are focused on creating a workplace where individual spirits are celebrated, and our teams are empowered to go above and beyond to take care of our customers.

With more than 200 locations across 20 states and the United Kingdom, MOD is committed to creating a positive social impact in the communities both domestically and internationally, creating not only a cool place to eat, but an inspired place to work. 


Position Overview

At MOD, Culinary is home to our product innovation, R&D, QA standards, and all things Food Safety. As the Vice President of Culinary you will lead the Global Strategy and infrastructure support plan, R&D/new product development, food quality and safety management.  Reporting to the COO and with a strong dotted line to the CMO, this position will play a central role in ensuring product quality, global risk protection, and brand integrity by providing global stewardship for F&B R&D/Innovation and Food Safety & Quality issues with senior company leadership.

Prime areas of focus include leading and directing areas of quality, product enhancements, new technologies, vendor relationships as well as internal operational procedures, with oversight into strategic R&D planning. Successful candidates should have a track record of managing a continuous pipeline of products that deliver against brand strategy of health, quality, value and indulgence, ensuring, a robust pipeline of new products and innovation


Key Responsibilities:

  • Extensive experience in leading R&D food product innovation teams with effective and timely processes.
  • Work in close partnership with CMO regarding product innovation, regional toppings and LTOís.
  • Collaborate with multi-functional areas to commercialize any new product development to full rollout and ensure that the OPS/Marketing teams as well as suppliers and IPC are fully aligned on the development and execution.
  • Leverage and manager the culinary resources of vendors to supplement and enhance internal resources
  • Extensive experience in management of global Food Safety & Quality controls, set by both company and regulatory authorities.
  • Experience leading cross functional teams and overseeing a large network of partners, suppliers and vendors.
  • Interpretation of sales and research data, presentation skills, project management, communication skills.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills capable of articulating technical and complicated topics.
  • This position Reports directly to the VP of Supply Chain
  • Review feedback and respond to complaints
  • Prepare reports on food quality status to relay to owners and upper level management, keep records of all tests and inspections
  • Evaluate and incrementally improve all existing recipes in terms of flavor, ease of training, ease of operations, scalability, and food safety.
  • Develop improved food safety practices and systems, document existing protocols, and analyze for potential hazards.
  • Work with Supply Chain on sourcing of ingredients to improve quality, to audit our partners in terms of food safety and sustainability, and find new potential partners both national and local that better suit our needs in terms of ethics, quality, reliability and price.
  • Explore and test new kitchen equipment to ensure we are using the best possible cooking technology.
  • Assist training team with defining training modules as well as with training video shooting.
  • Evaluates and directs supplier partners on supplier development
  • Gathers project documentation including formulas, processing, specifications, and nutritional values


Basic Qualifications:

  • 10+ years of culinary leadership experience in Food Quality/Safety and R&D/Innovation; ideally in a QSR or CPG company.
  • Experience building, managing, and engaging a team of direct staff as well as mentoring indirect staff.
  • Bachelorís Degree in Food Science, Food Chemistry or related degree
  • Knowledge of all safety standards customary in the food industry and mandated by government regulations including Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) management system required by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the standards set by the Safe Quality Food Institute (SQFI).
  • Extremely organized in tracking of all initiatives and production of progress reports, as well as
  • generating and then tracking KPIs for each initiative.
  • Motivated, self-starter capable of holding self and team accountable for achieving goals.
  • Proven experience creating and implementing systems and standards
  • Proficient in MS Office Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint
  • Ability to communicate, influence and negotiate decisions with internal and external stakeholders
  • Understanding of budgetary concepts and procedures
  • Ability to prepare and present ideas and recommendations to colleagues, manager and direct reports with ample notice and preparation


Physical Requirements

Office work involves remaining in a stationary position most of the time in front of a computer, using a keyboard, mouse and telephone. Regularly operate a computer and other office equipment. Occasionally move about the work site to access file cabinets, office equipment, etc. Exert up to 10 lbs. of force occasionally, and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or regularly move objects. Communicate and exchange information with co-workers and other individuals in person and electronically.


This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive. Employee may perform other related duties as assigned to meet the ongoing needs of the organization.



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One of MODís core strengths is the diversity of our MOD Squaders, and we are dedicated to upholding this diversity. We work hard to make MOD a place that is welcoming to all people. In this regard, MOD is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to equal opportunity for all employees and applicants. MOD recruits, hires, trains, promotes, compensates, and administers all personnel actions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sex stereotyping, pregnancy (which includes pregnancy, childbirth, and medical conditions related to pregnancy, childbirth, or breastfeeding), gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, mental or physical disability, ancestry, medical condition, marital status, military or veteran status, citizenship status, sexual orientation, genetic information, or any other status protected by applicable law


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