Top Chef, Food Network Star, Triple D
– you watch them all. And how can you not? You're a foodie, a lover of all
things exquisite in the world of culinary arts. Well it's time to stop
watching and start living, as the Manager of Product Development at a
leading quick service chain.
5 Things You Can't Google About This Gig
Work Hard and Prosper: One word, 5 syllables - Meritocracy.
Definition - perform well and you will be rewarded from a career
Worst part of the job: It's hard to focus on work when the
beach is a short walk away. Don't worry, we've got you covered with a
Sounds of the Ocean Pandora station and can of Tropical Febreeze.
Offices, Cubes or Card Tables: Our client has a name
for offices – they're called conference rooms. Ever seen a picture of the
offices in Boiler Room? Even the CEO is at a table, no traditional cubes.
You'll need ear buds and a lack of significant eye-contact to indicate
you're less than available.
Company 411: While we can't give away the secret sauce, we can tell you
that our client in a leader in the QSR arena and serving up opportunity for
growth along with other killer menu items.
Keep walking if: You had to Wikipedia "foodie" in the first
Legal Said We Had to Throw in Some Bullets to Call This a Job
Job Duties & Responsibilities
- Creating complete product
recipe, build cards (including product tracking form), and initiating
procedures with operations R&D.
- Authoring product
specifications and ensure QA, food safety, are in agreement.
- Assuring supplier can
accurately meet product specification being commercialized.
- Monitoring product taste
testing with consumers. Test and validate operations R&D procedure
for optimal quality.
- Ensure legal agreements are
in place (non-disclosure, product development agreement, and product
testing agreement) for all food products, and assisting legal in
negotiations when applicable.
Skills & Requirements
- Bachelor's degree in related
area with 4-6 years of relevant experience
- Requires a thorough
understanding of management and leadership principles, business
strategy, and setting priorities.
- Requires independent
analytical and creative effort regarding proper procedures, planning
of work and follow-up.
- Must have knowledge of
trends, consumer insights, and competitive restaurant/menu strategies.
- Understanding of restaurant
operating environments and operations.
- Basic knowledge of food
production and processing at plant level; thorough knowledge of food
standards, HAACP, and Serve Safe Certification.
- Requires analytical skills
and creative problem solving
- Requires adaptability to
handle multiple projects simultaneously Must have excellent
- Basic computer skills: Excel,
Work, PowerPoint, etc.
Tags: Product Development, food science, QSR, business strategy,
consumer insights, research and development