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VP, Research & Development – Louisville, KY

Job ID: AFK20122208-00766


VP, Research & Development

Come Join the Better Ingredients, Better Pizza Team!

Overview: Great things are happening at Papa John’s! If you are looking for a career in an international company, flavored with challenging work with a professional and highly motivated team, mixed with professional development opportunities and a competitive salary, look no further!

The Vice President, R&D will oversee and direct the Research and Development activities leading to new or improved products and/or processes. Provide technical assistance and correlate research activities with other functions and operating units. This position will also provide oversight and direction while managing the North America R&D Team.

What’s on the Menu: • Develop business strategies and best practices for R&D including identifying and initiating new research programs. • Responsible for the development and direction of research aimed at improving current products and generating new products and services. • Develops new and improved products and/or processes for a unit from the point of conception through final production including the successful launch and execution of the product. • Plans and directs the identification, evaluation and development of new scientific concepts and/or technologies to provide solutions to identified problems. • Plans and directs the identification, collection and evaluation of new product ideas or strategic product extensions to determine their potential to address customer needs and to achieve goals in revenue growth and market share. • Provides technical assistance and correlates research activities with other areas. • Oversee all new formula development, existing formula optimization and all formula improvements to meet business objectives. • Collaboratively work with Marketing and other Operational teams on strategic planning and development of product categories. • Lead external activities with suppliers around new product ideation, leveraging culinary expertise through suppliers. • Work cross-functionally with Marketing, Restaurant Operations, Quality Assurance, Supply Chain Management, Training (OST) and Franchisees to integrate annual product plans and new product offerings throughout the system. • Manage and develop the North America R&D team.

Critical Ingredients: • Bachelors Degree in Food Science Required. • Masters Degree a plus. • Fifteen (15) to Twenty (20) year experience in nutrition, research and development, quality management leadership roles. • Experience in New Products/Marketing understanding Consumer Research as well as the Science and Methodology behind the product research. • Multiple examples of successful product launches. • Experience working with national restaurant chain and/or multi-unit operators of businesses similar to Papa John’s required. • Demonstrated experience in business acumen, strategy, process improvement, project management, financial analysis. • Strong presentation and facilitation skills. • Ability to maintain confidential/proprietary information required. • Ability to travel internationally. • Travel

An equivalent combination of experience and training may substitute for any of the listed position qualifications.

Screening requirements: Criminal Background Check required.

Papa John’s operates over 3900 restaurants worldwide. We offer a competitive benefits and compensation package. Please apply online at

Papa John’s is an Affirmative Action Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Job Level

Vice President/Executive

Area of Expertise

Research & Development

Highest Level of Education

Bachelor's degree

Job Type



Corporate Headquarters - Louisville

Years of Experience

+10 Years




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