PB CAREERS: HEB – Product Development Culinary Manager I

HEB-StorePB CAREERS: HEB – Product Development Culinary Manager I
Fresh Division
City: San Antonio

Job Description
Job Summary:

Leads efforts to elevate our portfolio of Food Service and distinctive Own Brand products to the forefront of culinary flavor and ingredient trends. Utilize culinary expertise and commercialization experience to develop proprietary recipes that yield viable fresh, RTE and consumer-packaged goods that truly deliver on expectations of eating experiences.

Essential Functions / Process Responsibilities include the following; other duties may be assigned as necessary

  • Utilizes culinary knowledge to create and improve customer experiences, thus
    delivering heightened brand cache, increased perceived value, deepened loyalty
    and greater advocacy
  • Constantly strives to keep us ahead of ingredient and flavor trends
  • Recognizes and identifies new food and ingredient trends
  • Designs products to better meet unique Texas taste preferences
  • Enhances our portfolio of distinctive, destination driving food product formulations
  • Achieves optimal flavor experiences with minimal impact to nutritional values
  • Delivers tangible results in the form of distinctive food item sales
  • Cultivates relationships with key stakeholders representing a broad range of
    functions, levels within the organization
  • Influences peers, key stakeholders and decision makers across the
  • Ensures the integrity of Food Service and Own Brand strategies by aligning
    product development with strategic goals
  • Manages multiple and sometimes conflicting priorities in an ambiguous, fast
    and complex environment
  • Sets priorities and realistic timelines

Education and Experience preferred

  • Culinary Degree or 3 yrs experience as a professional chef
  • Demonstrated experience with successful, large-scale commercialization of product
  • Demonstrated success in recipe development and commercialization of food
  • 2-4 yrs experience in the CPG food industry
  • Development leadership experience
  • Ingredient sourcing experience
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite
  • Culinary expertise in recipe development and flavor innovation
  • Recipe decoding and replication expertise
  • Large-scale commercialization of recipes with consumer relevance

Key Competencies preferred

  • Demonstrated success in working complex issues within cross-functional teams
  • Ability to work in a complex, matrix team environment as a leader or as a
  • Ability to make critical decisions
  • Demonstrate initiative and willingness to take risks
  • Entrepreneurial drive
  • Passion to create the future, deliver results and strengthen the organization
  • Desire to help customers, communities and Partners live better through Own
    Brand products
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills
  • Ability to manage multiple projects with attention to detail skills
  • Strong project management skills

Physical and Other Requirements

  • Function in a fast-paced, retail, office environment
  • Travel by car or airplane with overnight stays
  • Work extended hours


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Christopher Durham
Christopher Durham is the president of My Private Brand and the co-founder of The Vertex Awards. He is a strategist, author, consultant and retailer who built brands at Delhaize-owned Food Lion, and lead strategy and brand development for Lowe’s Home Improvement. He has consulted with retailers around the world on their private brand portfolios including: Family Dollar, Petco, Staples, Office Depot, Best Buy, Metro (Canada), TLW (Taiwan) and Hola (Taiwan). Durham has published five definitive books on private brands, including his first book, Fifty2: The My Private Brand Project. In 2017, he will debut his newest book, Vanguard: Vintage Originals, a visual tour of innovation and disruption in private brand going back to the mid-1800’s. Dynamic in his presentation while down to earth and frank in his opinions, he has presented at numerous conferences, including FUSE, The Dieline Conference, Packaging that Sells, Omnishopper and PLMA’a annual trade show in Chicago. Durham lives in Charlotte, NC with his wife, Laraine, and two daughters, Olivia and Sarah.