Provides leadership and oversight to the Culinary function. Oversees and drives development, design, layout, execution, and rollout of new culinary programs and concepts, food and beverage bar venues, and recipes. Drives culinary influence across all purchasing teams, including meat, seafood, produce, prepared foods, specialty, and bakery. Provides exemplary leadership and mentoring for in-store chefs, local 3rd-party supplier partnerships, and outsourced commissaries. Assists store development teams with kitchen and food venue design and layout for new stores and remodels. Develops and maintain relationships with Friends of Whole Foods Market, attracting local culinary talent and restaurant concepts to operate as stand-alone venues within WFM locations.
Provides culinary vision while partnering with the regional leadership to create new culinary programs, venues, decor, messaging and branding - including packaging and labels.
Develops new culinary programs for all departments and is responsible for program development around food quality, culinary innovation, and presentation.
Develops and maintains regional and Friends of Whole Foods Market food venue concepts - driving food quality, seasonality, innovative selections, Team Member training, and financial success.
Drives culinary excellence, cultivates culinary talent, and fosters an environment of enthusiasm for food and WFM quality standards.
Partners with local, regional, and construction leaders and teams on venue and kitchen design, including fixtures, equipment, venue flow, and the customer journey.
Creates and maintains a strong partnership with the Global Culinary team on initiatives.
Ensures Chef-Tec recipe costing data upkeep and accuracy across all teams.
Develops program overviews, manuals, merchandising standards, trainings, and program implementation materials.
Works with all teams to train Team Members in proper use and presentation of product.
Researches and develops products and concepts to drive sales and evaluate culinary needs to maximize sales. (i.e. seasonal updates for salad bar, sandwiches, chef's case, oven ready programs).
Plays a leadership role in recruitment strategy for culinary positions and the development of culinary bench strength.
Develops regional culinary food tours and comp shops.
Provides timely feedback on product and Team Member concerns to regional leadership.
Shares expertise and acts as a consultant to the stores, kitchen, and vendors for new and/or improved products & venues.
Leverages extensive knowledge of culinary leadership, kitchen operations, and meticulous culinary skills to inspire and motivate leaders and Team Members.
Excellent ability to train and teach others in a constructive and positive manner.
Able to develop strong relationships and engage in influential conversation with senior-level stakeholders, internally and externally.
Identifies gaps in understanding, formulates resolution strategies and delivers clear and compelling communication.
Leads detailed task / project planning, including cost, schedule and resource requirements.
Ensures planning incorporates data and information from customer, supplier, partner, and company perspectives.
Collaborates with task / project stakeholders to identify, evaluate, and resolve emerging and anticipated issues.
Demonstrates clear understanding of WFM's core business, supply chain and customer / market / supplier interfaces.
Assesses how products, processes, and operating models impact the company's business.
Understands how changes in customer expectations, the competition, new business, new markets, and evolving strategies impact the company's competitive position and long-term prospects.
Education & Experience:
BA/BS degree and 6-8 years' relevant experience OR equivalent combination of education and relevant experience.
2-4 years leadership experience.
Food safety certification preferred.
At Whole Foods Market, we provide a fair and equal employment opportunity for all Team Members and candidates regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, age, marital status, disability, or any other legally protected characteristic. Whole Foods Market hires and promotes individuals solely based on qualifications for the position to be filled and business needs.