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Product Developer, Bakery Science, Research & Development
Seattle, WA
 (Job Number: 150004686)


Primary Location

: US-WA-Seattle 

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 property.

         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 cross-functional team.

         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 testing.



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)

         Specifications development

Basic Qualifications


Basic qualifications for this role are:

         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 Abilities

         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 concepts

         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.



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