Director of Culinary Innovation

Thornton, CO

Posted: 04/08/2024 Industry: Laboratory - Food & Beverage Job Number: 101.24JF Pay Rate: 110,000 - 125,000 Remote Friendly: Experience:

Job Description

Director of Culinary Innovation

Our client is currently searching for a Director of Culinary Innovation, who will lead a team of chefs taking ideas and building them into exceptional eating experiences.  With a thorough understanding of baking science, ingredient technology, commercial bakery process equipment, and the process of commercializing products, this individual will lead a team to create bench samples that delight our customer.  We are looking for someone with a passion for creativity and development, balanced with a scientific and results-oriented mindset.  If creating new innovative items and watching them be manufactured at scale excites you, please apply!

Key Responsibilities:

  • Oversee innovation team working on strategic ideas for food service and retail customers
  • Develop and implement systems that ensure Culinary Chefs are forward-thinking, on-trend, and constantly innovative
  • Lead the research, formulation, and development of new products within time, cost, and processing requirements including developing and managing SOPs
  • Oversee, design, and execute test and trial plans, taking into consideration the level of risk, operational constraints, and overall cost
  • Manage ingredient functionality and recipe formulation within processing parameters
  • Prepare and present samples and specifications for customer presentation and acceptance
  • Improve product quality through ongoing review of formulation and process parameters
  • Provide technical support to ensure plant process produces optional production quality and efficient results, report on any technical issues which may impact the business, and provide technical support to external and internal customers
  • Coach and mentor Culinary Chefs, Technologists, Food Scientists, and others in the Production Innovation & Development department

**If you’d like to hear more about this opportunity and others we are currently working on, please contact Jeff Fee at

JO:  101.24JF

Job Requirements

Technical Qualifications:

  • Culinary Arts degree with a baking/pastry focus is required
  • At least 10 years of experience in a management role in a Culinary R&D function of a dessert manufacturing facility
  • Strong communication skills with internal teams and external foodservice and retail customers
  • Strong bench skills and ability to create innovative desserts that can be scaled within the company’s production capacity
  • Strong project management skills, leadership skills, ability to multitask, and results-oriented focus
  • Expert knowledge of food styles and trends, Canadian and U.S. food standards and regulations, and recipe formulation and raw materials
  • Ability to travel up to 30%

**If you’d like to hear more about this opportunity and others we are currently working on, please contact Jeff Fee at

JO:  101.24JF

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