Developer, Bakery Science, Research & Development
Seattle, WA (Job Number: 150004686)
Starbucks - Product Development
Job Summary and Mission
This job contributes to Starbucks
success by completing assigned projects related to the development of
food and beverage products that support the successful execution of
company initiatives. Models and acts in accordance with Starbucks guiding
principles. This job contributes to Starbucks success by completing
assigned projects related to the development of food and beverage
products that support the successful execution of company initiatives.
Models and acts in accordance with Starbucks guiding principles.
Summary of Key Responsibilities
Responsibilities and essential job
functions include but are not limited to the following:
Gathers, analyzes and maintains product and
technology trend information and conducts idea generation sessions to
initiate creation of new food and beverage products. Designs and conducts
benchtop experiments and tests, including Product Guidance testing
recommendations, plant trials and in-market testing to deliver project requirements.
May supervise temporary and permanent lab technicians in the execution of
assigned tasks. Establishes key technical performance indicators and
measures to ensure progress to commercialization and implementation
consistent with project timelines. Identifies potential suppliers and
manages their development of key ingredients and products. Maintains
project file, develops technical manual, and documents intellectual
Leads the commercialization phase of projects by
developing product and process specifications and conducting plant
testing for selected prototypes. Develops initial cost of goods,
packaging, labeling and regulatory information. Ensures that products and
processes have met initial quality assurance, safety and risk assessment requirements.
Manages the communication of technical information and commercialization
requirements to the production facility and negotiates to desired
outcome. Determines test product and cost disposition.
Provides technical input to clarify project requirements
and prepares project plans for approval, prioritization and allocation of
technical resources. Identifies key technical hurdles and deliverables.
Organizes work activities, provides technical input on cross-functional
team timelines. Gathers and analyzes technical information to update
Supports the start-up and implementation of the
product. Revises technical information in the specifications. Develops
Recipe Card and finished product preparation targets. Prepares
commercialization summaries and project reports. Consults on development
of training materials. Supports ongoing technical improvements and
Summary of Experience
Chef or Research Chef in the foodservice
industry (3 years)
Process development (3 years)
Product or menu development in the food and
beverage or related industry (3 years)
Project management (3 years)
Basic qualifications for this role
This position will be responsible for supporting
the Starbucks Bakery Product Development team. The position will
support two to three Product Development Managerís. This team will
develop and commercializing products that meet the Starbucks La Boulange brand product quality image. The La Boulange brand has had a successful launch, and is
now in market in all US and Canada Starbucks stores. In this role,
the La Boulange brand image needs to be
nurtured and further enhanced by developing innovative new products.
The ideal candidate will have both a culinary and
food science background. The candidate will need to innovate new concepts at a bench level, typically
under the direction of a Product Development Manager. Strong
presentation skills will enable the candidate to assist with product
presentations to all levels of Starbucks management.
The candidate needs to have product development
experience with chemically leavened batter, yeast leavened dough,
laminated dough and specialty bakery products. If the candidate
does not have development and production experience with all formula
formats, they need to have an understanding of ingredient functionality
for each product type.
This position will manage the overall Bakery Lab
cleanliness and organization. Assist with receiving and storage of
product samples. Assist with product evaluations and specification
development. Be a source of inspiration in the innovation of new products
and platform extensions.
Required Knowledge, Skills and
Knowledge of food and beverage technology,
chemistry or engineering, including processing and manufacturing
Knowledge of food ingredient functionality
Knowledge of food quality assurance principles and
established food safety requirements, including process and formulary
Effectively present information to both technical
and non technical audiences
Starbucks is an equal opportunity
employer of all qualified individuals, including minorities, women,
veterans & individuals with disabilities. Starbucks will consider for
employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner
consistent with all federal, state, and local ordinances.