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Director of New Product Development



MI - Detroit

Job Type:

Restaurant - Food Service

Base Pay:


Required Education:

4 Year Degree


Required Experience:

At least 10 year(s)


Required Travel:

Not Specified

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Relocation Covered:

Not Specified



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Little Caesar Enterprises, Inc., home of the HOT-N-READY® pizza, is looking for an energetic and highly motivated Director of Product Development to join our R&D/Innovation team. Little Caesars is proud of its heritage and is still family owned and operated after more than 54 years in business. As the fastest growing pizza chain in the WORLD and with significant sales growth throughout the last decade, Little Caesars offers tremendous opportunities for all our colleagues. This senior-level role is based out of our world HQ in Detroit, Michigan.

As the Director of Product Development you will be responsible for providing leadership and direction to the product development team on various projects and daily activities including but not limited to: the development and perfection of new food products, the implementation of procedures and policies system-wide, and improving the quality and methods for making existing foods. You and your team will be challenged with researching, developing and analyzing the performance of new and existing food products and procedures for Little Caesar restaurants and businesses.


Qualified candidates will have earned a bachelor’s degree in Food Science or Food Engineering; a minimum of 10 years of applicable experience in a restaurant R&D (QSR preferred); have extensive knowledge of product development processes and consumer testing; demonstrate proficiency in formulating foods and recipes in written form to produce food specifications; have prior experience in the use of processing equipment in a restaurant environment and evidence of success in leading, coaching and managing the performance of staff.

Little Caesars offers an excellent compensation and benefits package including: Medical/dental/prescription coverage, 401k with company match, on-site child care, adoption benefits, free parking and exciting sports and entertainment perks! In addition to Little Caesars Pizza, Ilitch companies in the food, sports and entertainment industries include: the Detroit Red Wings, Olympia Entertainment, Olympia Development, Blue Line Foodservice Distribution, Champion Foods, Ilitch Holdings, Inc., Uptown Entertainment, Little Caesars Pizza Kit Fundraising Program, and a variety of venues within these entities. Michael Ilitch owns the Detroit Tigers. Marian Ilitch owns MotorCity Casino Hotel.

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