PB CAREERS: Waitrose – Senior Brand Development Chef 

PB CAREERS: Waitrose – Senior Brand Development Chef 

A consumer revolution is quietly taking place. You won’t see people shouting about it in the shopping aisles, but it’s happening nonetheless. As we become increasingly mindful of our own health, the wellbeing of our family and that of the planet, we’re reshaping how we shop, cook and eat. Welcome to the era of the mindful consumer.

As a Senior Brand Development Chef you will play a key role in providing in-depth food knowledge and inspiration to Product Development teams and suppliers.

You will work alongside Product Development to deliver inspirational workshops and drive depth of thought on category propositions to inspire and deliver through others. You will play a key role in driving relevant differentiation to make our Waitrose & Partners’ difference count for more.

Job Requirements

You will play an ambassadorial role both internally and externally regarding Food Innovation.

If you enjoy delivering through others, are passionate about food and want to champion great food credentials and have a strong background in retail, manufacturing or food service development we would love to hear from you.

The Partnership’s ultimate purpose is the happiness of all its members, through their worthwhile and satisfying employment in a successful business. Because the Partnership is owned in trust for its members, they share the responsibilities of ownership as well as its rewards – profit, knowledge and power. What other companies provide a share of profits to their workers? Becoming a Partner will open up a host of benefits including subsidized learning, access to exclusive Partner Hotels and so much more.

Required essential experience skills and qualifications

  • City & Guilds catering qualifications
  • Health & Hygiene qualifications
  • Experience in 1* Michelin star restaurants or a proven track record in top-end restaurants

Desirable experience skills and qualifications

  • Relevant experience in a similar environment or from a food development/manufacturing background

Please consider the following when making your application:

  • Print off the job description now if you require it, as you may not be able to access this once the vacancy has closed.
  • We occasionally close vacancies early in the event we receive a high volume of applications. Therefore, we recommend you apply early.

Job Type: Commercial, Product Development
Region: South East England
Location: Bracknell
Preferred Hours: Full Time
Partnership Level: 06

This role is at Partnership Level 6 and includes entitlement to the following additional benefits:

  • Invitation to join the Bupa Private Medical Insurance scheme
  • 5 weeks holiday

Further details will be provided at interview and upon successful offer

Closing Date: 6 Nov 2019
Vacancy Type: Permanent
Salary: £50,000 – £67,600

Salary Frequency: per annum

Hours of Work
35 hours per week
Monday to Friday
09:00 – 17:30
As a business we encourage flexible working. We have a number of different ways to work flexibly, so at your interview feel free to talk about what flexibility means to you. There are no guarantees, however, examples of how our Partners already work flexibly include part-time, job share, home working and compressed hours.
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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.