Recipe Development And Test Kitchen Manager

King Arthur Baking Company White River Junction , VT 05001

Posted 2 months ago

Meet Us: King Arthur Baking Company is an award-winning, audience-leading baking company with a strategic vision to be the resource for baking education and inspiration. Through traditional and new media, in-person and virtual education, we strive to be a leader in helping novice and expert bakers alike. We're not going anywhere - we've been part of the family since 1790. We work to build stronger communities and increase access and the connection to real foods. We take pride in our responsible sourcing and our "never bleached" guarantee. And we work closely with farmers, millers, and suppliers in a continued commitment toward sustainability. Our wheat flour is grown and milled right here in the United States. Flour this good uses only the purest ingredients, free from GMOs. As a founding B Corporation, we are committed to using the power of business as a force for social and environmental good. We believe every employee's contributions make our company what it is: vibrant, successful, and committed to spreading the joy of baking. We are a welcoming and inclusive 100% employee-owned company.

The Position: The Recipe Development and Test Kitchen Manager position is an experienced, capable, and highly organized baker leading the recipe development and testing team and process in our company test kitchen. The individual in this position works closely with recipe owners and stakeholders from across the company, including R&D, catalogue, editorial, brand marketing, and the Baking School. This Manager partners with the Recipe Team, Editorial Team, and Brand Managers to identify recipe trends, support key business drivers, and evaluate recipe performance in print and online. This role is responsible for designing and implementing a robust recipe-testing process, creating recipes and conducting hands-on recipe testing, and overseeing additional recipe testing through other departments (including Customer Support and Baking School staff). The position reports to the VP of Innovation but works closely with the marketing team and other test kitchen stakeholders on a day-to-day basis.

The Benefits: Yes, we have the regular "stuff" - medical, dental, vision, company paid short- and long-term disability, life insurance, paid time off to rest, paid holidays to have fun, a 401(K) with a company match. But here's what makes us different: 40 paid volunteer hours a year, profit sharing*, participation in the Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP)* and knowing that those working with you are dedicated and engaged co-employee owners that believe in you and your extraordinary abilities to move us all forward.

Reports to: VP of Innovation

Location: White River Junction, VT; with opportunity for some remote work

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Team Management/Leadership

  • Manages a full-time recipe testing and development team as well as a Test Kitchen Steward.

  • Openly communicates team and individual expectations and goals

  • Engages their team: motivating, directing, inspiring and involving them in decisions

  • Nurtures growth in others by supporting their passions, strengths and work styles

  • Is readily accessible, willing to listen and seeks to understand, assisting with recipe troubleshooting and answering baking questions in the moment

  • Maintains employee attitude and morale by recognizing outstanding performance and managing performance issues

Recipe Development

  • Spearheads recipe formulation and testing for new products and Editorial or Brand Team initiatives, facilitating cross-company collaboration when appropriate.

  • Manages the recipe evaluation, maintenance, and development process to support annual marketing plans and further company objectives.

  • Develops innovative recipes that are attainable by the home baker, inspiring them to try new products, techniques and ingredients.

  • Establishes and upholds clear guidelines for product representation on our recipe site and in print to ensure consistent messaging around the use and substitution of King Arthur flours and proprietary ingredients.

Recipe Testing Process

  • Oversees the robust recipe-testing process to ensure that all King Arthur Baking recipes meet test kitchen standards. Determines the testing timeframe and resources needed for specific projects based on details provided by key stakeholders, the project scope, priority level, and resource availability (space, tools, staff).

  • Identifies areas for improvement and creates the plans for implementation as needed.

  • Schedules and oversees recipe testing through other department staff as necessary, facilitating communication between relevant stakeholders and testing team.

  • Participates on the Recipe Team to ensure that baking standards are established and upheld in recipe testing and development across the company.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • College or culinary degree.

  • 6+ years of baking experience in a test kitchen environment.

  • Management experience strongly preferred.

  • Strong, well-rounded baking ability, with broad knowledge of baking science and ingredient interactions. Demonstrated skills in high-level baking processes and techniques.

  • Excellent project management and communication skills, comfortable working within the Microsoft ecosystem (Teams, Sharepoint, OneDrive, etc.) and other project management tools like Asana.

  • Love and understanding of baking; genuine enthusiasm for all things King Arthur Baking.

  • No food allergies or other tasting limitations.

Success factors/competencies for this role

  • Highly organized and process-driven with the ability to multitask and manage multiple priorities simultaneously.

  • Creative and able to troubleshoot baking challenges as they arise from different internal and external constituents.

  • Drives for necessary change and recommends actions for continuous improvement

  • Able to think and act strategically while understanding how the team contributes to larger outcomes

  • Takes initiative, demonstrates enthusiasm, and motivates others to meet high standards. Highly accountable and task oriented.

  • Effective communicator, able to thrive in a cross-functional work environment and balance the needs of multiple constituents

  • Positive, community minded leader

Physical requirements/work environment

  • Physical requirements

  • Regularly sit or stand for extended periods of time

  • Work in the test kitchen for extended periods of time

  • Use computer equipment including keyboard, mouse and monitor 4-8 hours daily

  • Ability to work with common food allergens

  • Work environment

  • Open office work environment and test kitchen

  • Remote work environment

Safety

  • Understand that safety is the responsibility of everyone at the organization

  • Responsible for providing a safe and ergonomically sound work environment, identifying unsafe conditions and correcting these conditions immediately

  • Engage in safety and compliance training programs and encourage 100% team participation in same

Environment

  • Adhere to company-wide green norms, look for ways to reduce, reuse, recycle

  • Educate oneself on KAB environmental campaigns

  • Strive to continually improve and implement new processes to reduce our environmental impact

It is the responsibility of every employee to contribute to a positive work environment through cooperative and professional interactions with co-workers, customers and vendors.

There's room at our table for you! Apply today.

Equal Employment Opportunity Employer

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or any other factors protected by law. King Arthur Flour provides reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities to allow them to participate in both the application process and during employment. Such individuals are encouraged to seek accommodations to allow them to apply for a position, participate in the application process, and meet the essential functions and requirements of the position.

  • Amounts vary based achievement of financial targets. Participation based on hire date and program entry date.
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