Culinary Innovation Manager at Retail Business Services - an Ahold Delhaize company

Organization: Retail Business Services - an Ahold Delhaize company
Job Position: Culinary Innovation Manager
Job Location: North Kingstown, RI

Employee Type: Full-time

Job Description: The Culinary Innovation Manager will lead the development, implementation and execution of culinary innovation and renovation across the Private Brands portfolio of products with specific innovation program for the on-site production facility. Lead culinary aspects of ideation, conceptualization and prototype development for innovation projects for all Brands in conjunction with the Private Brands Managers but with specific innovation focus at on-site facility. This person will stay current on new trends and effectively communicate them to the organization. The manager will support Brand teams with renovation and reformulation, and solutions to flavor and quality issues. The Culinary Manager will manage and lead the culinary center facility.

Education:

  • Bachelor's Degree or equivalent combination of education and related work experience:
  • Culinary Arts and/or Culinology (with experience in at least one of the following: restaurant, food service environment or product development)

Work Experience:

  • Food science background is beneficial
  • 1+ year experience with a commercial food manufacturing company preferred
  • Retail Food Service experience a plus
  • Experience in teaching non-culinary professionals a plus
  • 5+ years of related experience
  • Minimum of three years of management experience

Skills and Abilities:

  • Supervisory/leadership skills
  • Presentation skills 
  • Strong analytical & problem skills
  • Oral and written communication skills
  • Negotiation skills
  • Ability to analyze, interpret and take appropriate action on information.
  • Facilities or Kitchen Management
  • Food Product Development costing 
  • Consumer food product development; with minimum of 3 years in a cross-functional (formula, package and process) leadership role strategic planning 
  • Success in product innovation and new product development and commercialization
  • Expertise in sensory testing and guidance and consumer product testing
  • Ability to critically evaluate multiple aspects of food products
  • Significant experience with product improvements and product lifecycle management
  • Creativity, culinary aptitude and a passion for working with food
  • Expertise in consumer food trends and the ability to identify and define key product quality and sensory attributes 
  • Solid understanding of consumer food products brand management
  • Strong merchant knowledge
  • Understanding of the private label retail food business environment and metrics
  • Influence/communicate cross functionally
  • Customer focus Initiative
  • Ability to adapt and drive change
  • Ability to inspire and motivate others

Company Overview: Retail Business Services, LLC, is the services company of Ahold Delhaize USA.

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