Research Chef at Illes Seasonings & Flavors

Organization: Illes Seasonings & Flavors
Job Position: Research Chef
Job Location: Carrollton, Texas, US

Employee Type: Full-time

Job Description:

Position Summary:

  • To work in our laboratory with R&D and Culinary innovating and developing high quality products, or to modify existing products, in a timely manner, that meets our customer’s needs.
  • To act as culinary & technical resource for our customers and our Sales department.
  • To act as a technical resource for Operations and QA departments during the startup of new products and equipment; and to assist in problem solving. 
  • To support sales with the development of wet and dry flavor solutions for new and current customers. The position requires the broad use of ‘Culinology’ as described by the Research Chefs. 
  • Association in the development of flavor systems that are not only functional to the customer but also to Illes.
  • The position requires travel in support of Sales, R&D, and the customer. 
  • Responsible for ensuring that food safety, legality, and quality standards are maintained at all times.

Job Functions:

  1. Understand and translate culinary with technical knowledge on ingredients, processes, regulations, and related areas. To keep up with new developments & trends in the industry.
  2. To work closely with customers, develop products that are safe, cost effective, and innovative. Provide menu/product solutions that meet customer needs. 
  3. Convert formulas to a production ready product, providing formula, blend procedures, raw material and finished product specifications, vendor information, and any other information needed.
  4. Write usage instructions, USDA or FDA approved labels, and document all work in the R&D software.
  5. Provide accurate and timely technical information to customers, both internal and external.
  6. To design experiments in the lab, pilot plant or plant to develop products, and assist with solutions to formulation and processing problems.
  7. To use Ross ERP, Product Vision (R&D software), Excel, Microsoft Word, and other computer software as necessary.
  8. To run the QA analytical equipment including the pH meter, refractive index, salt and acid titrations, flowability, viscosity and density.
  9. To have creativity and initiative in assignments given by R&D Manager/Director/Vice President or Culinary Manager.
  10. To assist other R&D & Culinary team members with projects as needed.
  11. To build chef-to-chef and chef-to-technologist relationships growing client knowledge.
  12. To go to the grocery store to purchase control samples, or other materials needed for testing. To deliver products to customers when needed.
  13. Work with purchasing to source ingredients for innovation and development.
  14. Maintain R&D lab and Culinary kitchen to be clean and customer ready at all times.
  15. Assist in managing social media accounts to maintain relevancy and stay top of mind in industry, in a professional way.
  16. Work with Marketing on initiatives to post on social Media. 
  17. Perform other duties as assigned by Management.

Job Requirements:

  • TRAVEL: Able to travel up to 50% of the time; with sales, other chefs or alone, to give presentations onsite at customer facility.
  • OFFICE: Position offices in Carrollton, TX facility. Must live in or be willing to relocate to DFW area.
  • SKILLS & ABILITIES: Speak, read and write English. Technical knowledge especially in Culinary & Food Science, computer skills, math skills including algebra, good reading skills, valid driver’s license. Additional computer skills including Access, label making, training in sensory evaluation, and production experience a plus. Must work well in a team environment. Must be able to present ‘Culinary’ demos to a large group of people.
  • PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Taste, smell, and see well enough to discriminate quantity, and quality, of individual flavor components. Physically able to lift 50 pounds, and stand on feet for more than 8 hours at a time. See well enough to read formulas, batch sheets, work requests and work on the computer efficiently and effectively. Ability to hear directions. Ability to legally and safely drive a vehicle in the performance of the job.

Education: A Culinary degree, with a Bachelor Degree in Food Science or related technical degree from an appropriately accredited university.

Work Experience: 5 years’ experience as a Research Chef, Culinologist, or Food Scientist. Focused history in Seasonings, flavors, or sauces with experience presenting to customers preferred.

Company Overview: Illes is a family owned company that produces dry and liquid products for food manufacturers.

Relocation Program: Negotiable

To Apply: Please email your cover letter and resume to Illes Seasonings & Flavors Recruiter, Shana Almanza:

Name: Shana Almanza

Title: Sr. HR Generalist

Phone: 2147906330


Company Website: Illes Seasonings & Flavors

Address: 2200 Luna Rd
Suite 120
Carrollton, TX 75006


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