CKE Restaurants Franklin , TN 37064
Grow sales and profit by effectively planning, implementing, and evaluating new product development activities for the Middle East/Africa and Europe regions. Provide leadership to the International franchise community and senior management on all aspects of menu and product development in MEA-Europe including localization of US developed product concepts, developing locally relevant new products suitable for MEA and managing the MEA menu in line with consumer preferences, strategic mandates and targeted margin guidelines. Manage on-going menu optimization initiatives.
Essential Job Functions
Provides new product development support for the MEA-Europe region.
Coordinates economically viable new product introductions consistent with CKE market positioning and market specific customer preferences.
Understands and leads culinary innovation initiatives relevant to brand, regional, and local requirements under the direction of the Director of International Culinary Innovation.
Manages product optimization and on-going menu review within the MEA-Europe region.
Interacts with marketing, operations, supply chain teams to insure the maintenance of an effective regional product pipeline for calendarization.
Ensures new product development activities comply with CKE QA and food safety requirements.
Works closely with local and US based supply chain teams to insure rational and stable ingredient sources.
Qualifications Experience Training
BS or BA Degree in Marketing or Food Science, or commensurate culinary qualifications preferred.
Minimum five (5) years' experience in a culinary and/or product development role for the Western QSR/Casual dining space.
Excellent English language written and verbal communication skills
Track record of product development in the MEA-Europe Region
Strong knowledge base of MEA-Europe regional preferences
Minimum Intermediate knowledge of excel, word and outlook applications.
Capable of International Travel up to 30%
Geography 20+ Countries (Middle East / Africa / Europe)