Director, Product Development

TorontoOntario

Description

Chefs Plate is a Toronto start-up that is redefining the way Canadians eat. We provide exceptional food direct to our customers online. Since launching in late 2014, we have been experiencing hyper-growth and we're looking to bring amazing people, like you, together to build the leading online food brand in Canada.


The Opportunity

Our Culinary Innovation team is seeking a Director of Product Development to help support the growth of our company. Reporting to the VP of Product Innovation, the successful candidate is an experienced leader responsible for leading a team of recipe developers. He / She provides direction to execute weekly menus consistent with the Customer’s vision, focusing on quality and on-time development. The Director partners with Strategic Sourcing to ensure each recipe fits the requirements of our business while meeting the needs of our Customer. This role requires a high level of influence, cross-functional partnership and the ability to bring solutions to problems of unusual complexity.


You will…

  • Strategize and develop weekly food menus, across all Chefs Plate plans
  • Lead and direct the recipe development team
  • Own the process of new product creation end-to-end, beginning with research and ideation and ending with hands on recipe development and rollout
  • Manage recipe card and asset development, including freelancers where necessary
  • Maintain relevant knowledge of consumer trends and culinary industries while simultaneously becoming an expert on preferences through extensive research and immersion
  • Collaborate with the Director of Product Innovation to ideate and develop exciting and innovative products across our business
  • Work closely with the buying teams on menu creation and pricing
  • Working closely with recipe developers, promoting a strong food and innovation culture
  • Developing a thoughtful strategy around product evolution that addresses adapting our offering to a multichannel customer demand environment - utilizing various customer ordering and food production scenarios.
  • Full ownership and adaptation of the new product development cycle.
  • Regular reporting on menu and product performance. Identifying opportunities and strategies to improve costs.
  • Working cross-functionally with supply chain, product innovation, marketing and operations to integrate product development plans and new product offerings throughout the company in a collaborative, efficient, and profitable manner.

Requirements

  • Post-secondary education: Culinary and Business Administration
  • Minimum 5 years progressive culinary experience in a complex and demanding environment, managing a team of Recipe developers
  • Experience in managing culinary photography
  • Possess an infectious passion for food that spreads throughout the entire Chefs Plate team
  • Possess a creativity that can create trends and not just replicate them
  • A willingness to learn and understand our customer base and their product preferences
  • Able to design and manage focus-group tests
  • Deep proficiency in costing menu items and developing recipes and steps of service to replicate items reliably at scale
  • Experience in sourcing ingredients and working with supply chain teams
  • Able to translate strategic menu design into tangible menu items and products
  • Able to troubleshoot and diagnose all menu item inconsistencies or issues
  • Adaptable to frequent change and relentlessly driven to innovate
  • Leadership experience in professional kitchens required
  • Culinary strategy, product development, menu design or consulting experience strongly preferred


Benefits

  • A beautiful office in downtown Toronto
  • Large opportunity for increased responsibility and growth in the company
  • Employee discounts on all Chefs Plate weekly meals