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Associate Scientist, Product Development Job

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Yum! Brands

Date: Jan 2, 2014

Location: Plano, TX, US

Associate Scientist, Product Development

Food Innovation

Pizza Hut Headquarters, Plano, TX



Yum! Brands, Inc., based in Louisville, Ky., is the world's largest restaurant company, with nearly 38,000 restaurants in over 110 countries and territories and more than 1 million associates. Yum! is ranked #214 on the Fortune 500 List and generated more than $11 billion in revenue in 2010. The Company's brands - KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell ? are the global leaders of the chicken, pizza and Mexican-style food categories. More important than our size is our commitment to breakthrough innovation and the success of our employees. From multi-branded stores to our passionate customer mania philosophy and an incredible franchise system, this is one great place to work! So come see what it?s like to be with a global leader in the restaurant industry. You?ll find a fun, fast paced and supportive culture, where all of our success comes from our belief in people, and investing in you is our top priority.

This position is responsible for the product development for Pizza Hut food ingredients and processes, from ingredient development and product specifications, through production systems, Margin Improvement Initiatives, World Class Operations Initiatives and Restaurant performance. The person holding this position will have the underlying science and technology knowledge to lead product development and commercialization of all ingredients within the Core & New product Portfolio for Pizza Hut.

Under minimal to moderate direction this position will ??

1. Develop new products meeting Pizza Hut & Wing Street?s marketing goals & consumer parameters.

2. Upgrade existing Core products to meet consumer & business needs.

3. Meet product development timelines as established for each project.

4. Prioritize tasks in order to support multiple project timelines and stage gates effectively.

5. Leverage Industry professionals ? suppliers, 3rd party consultants, governmental regulatory agencies, and Yum! partners to Build Know that will achieve project goals.

6. Manage Supplier relationships to ensure project goals and timelines are communicated and met at all times.

7. Conduct product development activities in a planned and effective manner including solid Design of Experiment testing and thorough, robust execution of experiments.

8. Maintain organized and concise records of all product development activities.

9. Support transition of products from culinary through product development phase to commercialization of ingredients and successful rollout to restaurants.

10. Develop specifications for new products and ingredients ensuring accuracy and compliance with process capabilities.

11. As part of a Cross Functional team, leverage knowledge and strengths to identify opportunities to cost reduce products and improve effectiveness of processes.

12. Interface effectively with other supporting personnel/groups (Nutrition, QA, Engineering, Operations, Marketing, Consumer Insights, etc.) to move projects forward and to work through identified issues.

EDUCATION: Bachelor?s degree in Food Science or related discipline.


EXPERIENCE (and other qualifications): A minimum of 2 years experience in QSR/Food Manufacturing Industries with a proven track record in innovation and demonstrated successes with product development activities,

Positive outlook.

Attention to detail and ability to problem-solve, including predicting and responding to swift work environment changes.

Good Communication and Presentation skills necessary.

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