Department lead for
new product development and commercialization team. Manages suppliers
supporting new product development. Primary responsibilities include but
not limited to strategically planning and directing new product recipes and
ingredients commercialization activities internally, as well as, externally
with suppliers for the company as a whole. Strategically designs and develops
smallwares and operational procedures in support
of new product development. Oversees all commercialization development
strategies, plans, policies, systems and procedures; developing, training
and directing the activities of commercialization team.
- Strategic commercialization
of new productsí recipes, ingredients, smallwares
and procedures that capture consumer insights and food trends that
drive sales and build the company brand.
- Drives and manages
commercialization strategies and process with suppliers from
concept/ideation through consumer validation prototype
- Leads and manages
commercialization documentation in SharePoint and new product
development drives, such as: executing confidentiality agreements and
company manufacturing agreements; evaluate and substantiate supplier
capabilities; develop ingredient specifications; create and manage
recipe food costs, nutrition panels, and ingredient statements;
develop and manage test market and national launch timelines, forecast
and communicate ingredient inventory and production run requirements
to support new product in-market testing; coordinate quality
assurance, purchasing, Blue Line supplier and ingredient set up, for
purchase in the company system; and directs obsolete ingredient
- Partners with new product
development leadership team on the new product development process to
build a library of products with completed business cases for
potential national launch.
- Leads commercialization
excellence by being a champion for food quality and consistency in
research and development, quality assurance, purchasing, training, and
throughout the company and our supplier partners.
- Provides leadership to the
new product development and commercialization team,
that includes selection, coaching, establishing goals and
performance management. Mentor, guide, and inspire team to ensure
growth and quality of work.
- Manage commercialization in
support of new products for Little Caesar Enterprises and
non-traditional venues such as; Comerica Park, Little Caesarís Arena,
Little Caesarís Express Unites, and the Flagship Little Caesarís
- Oversee and manage
commercialization teamís departmental budget.
- Researches and maintains up
to date ingredient and manufacturing awareness to support new product
development and food trends; including supplier plant and innovation
center visits and attendance and participation in trade shows and
webinars. Educate and present findings by way of written reports
and/or presentations to new product development, research and
development, and senior leadership teams.
- Oversee commercialization
teamís efforts in supporting the new product development team with
product presentations as needed; for the Presidentís council,
bi-monthly new product development updates with leadership, and
National Marketing Advisory Committee meetings.
- Provides support as needed,
to culinary team for all public relation events.
- Manages food quality and
serving for the new product development team at National Conference
- Work in Little Caesars
restaurants and non-traditional venues, to keep operations knowledge
accurate and updated.
Skills and Abilities:
- Bachelor degree in Food
Science or related discipline.
- Minimum of ten (10) yearsí
experience in research and development, product development, and/or
- Extensive knowledge about
food science, food manufacturing, ingredient specification development,
food regulations, and development of food costs.
- Proven experience in project
management including: documentation, timeline development and
execution, and effective and timely communication with
- Proven demonstration of developing,
valuing, and growing supplier partner relationships,
- Experience in crisis
management and providing leadership and direction to develop fast,
effective techniques to mitigate
- Experience providing counsel
and advice to senior leaders.
- Executive presence and
comfort in all interactions with colleagues, senior-level management
and critical external stakeholders.
- Highly collaborative
- Demonstrated ability to make
sound business judgments in a complex, fast paced environment.
- Ability to build credibility
and trust by demonstrating high ethical Extreme discretion, as work
involves confidential and sensitive information.
- Excellent interpersonal and
teamwork skills and ability to work cross-functionally with
individuals and teams.
- Demonstrated ability to
prioritize and manage multiple, complex projects and initiatives
simultaneously with a results-oriented approach.
- Computer proficiency
(Microsoft Office, database, Internet, and documentation software
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Knowledge/experience of
research and development and quality assurance/control, in the food
- Masters or PhD in Food
Job Type: Full-time
- New Product Development: 10