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Product Development Manager - (00008583) – San Antonio, TX







 Summary Description: This position oversees the development of the Whataburger menu from innovation to execution. Collaborates closely with suppliers in effort to develop products that adhere to the Whataburger standards. Oversees the recipe master, ideal food cost recipe master, cooking procedures and nutritionals. This position also manages internal and external product ideations and facilitates a number of product approval meetings with senior leadership and ensures successful execution.


  • Manages the product development process including:
    • Develops new products and new Limited Time Offers (LTOs)
    • Directs supplier partners on product development needs of Whataburger
    • Evaluates new samples from suppliers for potential product presentations
    • Provides feedback to supplier partners on samples submitted
    • Oversees the development of presentations and agendas for internal tastings
    • Conducts internal taste panels as first check for product acceptance
    • Trains Ops and Training Department on new product launches and LTOs
  • Manages product development projects, ensures the appropriate budget is set and ensures adherence to the deliverables and timelines.
  • Manages the development of Limited Time Offers (LTO’s). Presents recommendations and ideas to Senior Leadership Team/Product Purchasing Committee.
  • Oversees internal product presentations for various committees and meetings (Pre-SAS, SAS, and PPC) including the coordination of kitchen operations for PPC/FBM meetings and Product Approval Process.
  • Oversees inventory and management of Test Kitchen including test kitchen staff, maintenance, and inventory replenishment.
  • Manages the nutritionals for all restaurant and retail products including artwork, labeling, website, mobile application, and calorie postings. 
  • Manages supplier ideation sessions including:
    • Selection of supplier partners to invite
    • Evaluation and management of white paper ideation submissions
    • Scheduling and organizing ideation presentation
    • Provides feedback to supplier partner on results
  • Updates and maintains recipe master for Ideal Food Cost.
  • Consults with Brand Marketing and agencies on television commercial shoots and POP still photos.
  • Prepares various monthly, quarterly and annual reports for Whataburger leadership.
  • Assumes additional responsibilities as assigned




  • Bachelor’s degree in Food Science, Animal Science or Food Chemistry required
  • Culinary degree preferred


  • 5+ years’ experience preferably in QA or R&D in food manufacturing and or/restaurant industry


  • Proficiency in MS Office Word, Excel, Outlook, Power Point and Visio (as applicable)
  • Proficiency in JD Edwards (as applicable)
  • Ability to communicate, influence and negotiate decisions while motivating assigned staff
  • Ability to work in a team environment
  • Advanced professional or theoretical knowledge and functional concepts, practices and procedures of a particular field of specialization in the execution of assigned duties and responsibilities
  • Advanced understanding of departmental structure and policies with a basic understanding of the structure and policies of Whataburger Restaurants LLC
  • Intermediate understanding of budgetary concepts and procedures
  • Advanced ability to delegate projects and get work done through others
  • Basic understanding of performance review process
  • Ability to prepare and present ideas and recommendations to colleagues, manager and direct reports with sufficient notice and preparation


  • Safe serve or equivalent food safety certification
  • Culinary training and certifications


Work Locations




 SAN ANTONIO 78216-6907


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