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Culinary Lead/ Software Development
Ref No.: 18-03785
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Position title: Culinary Lead/ Software Development

The role will provide culinary expertise to a team of technology developers on recipes, ingredients, nutrition mapping to a team focused on creating software application that personalizes meal planning experience for consumers. After the go-live the team, the role will focus on creating recipes based on consumer/customer demand.

Work location(s) - Time split between downtown Chicago (Client) and Glenview
Typical anticipated hours per week/schedule - 40


Provide Software Development Teams with expertise on Recipe Interpretation & Data Structure, Ingredient Mapping, Alternate Ingredient Recommendations, and SKU Mapping to a Retailer Platform
  • Create/Explain logic for identifying adjusting ingredient count based on serving size change
  • Create/Explain logic for automatically tagging recipes by diet type, allergen type, cuisine type, meal parts, and other taxonomy
  • Provide requirements for auto-calculating nutritional requirements based on serving size change, and other applicable parameters
  • Build expertise in the Food and Beverage Recipes Platform, RISE system, and other internal Company systems
  • Provide expertise interpreting third-party recipes from other websites
  • Test the Meal Planning Application
  • Represents the Culinary function both internally and externally as a core cross-functional team member. Understands and executes against business strategies and priorities.
  • Creates new recipes, from initial development through second testing and finalization. Leads food showings and presentations.
  • Executes performance testing and yield testing
  • Interacts with CRM team, digital innovation team, IT team as needed.

Experience and Knowledge:
  • 3-5 years' experience creating recipes for a recipe site or in a corporate environment
  • 3-5 years' experience mapping recipes to nutritional values
  • Background in nutrition crucial. Knowledge of dietary restrictions and allergies required.
  • Excel in analytics, database management, and mathematic modeling
  • Ability to translate culinary requirements into a tech system
  • SEO, Technology, Programming background is nice-to-have
  • Experience working on product (sku) mapping and ingredient taxonomy
  • Has the ability to identify correct ingredient swaps and substitutes
  • Ability to convert recipe language to consumption of prepackaged products
  • Ability to categorize attributes of prepared dishes and recipes for flavor, cuisine, emotion evoked, ingredients, level of convenience, cooking skill needed, seasonality, etc.
  • Strong in scaling recipes to ensure ingredient integrity and recipe success. Will need to be able to work with the digital team problem solving and developing this capability.
  • Able to effectively navigate white space ambiguity and possess creative problem solving
  • Knowledge of food trends important. Familiarity with Datassential and Technomics a plus.
  • Experience working with technical teams a plus

Skills needed:
  • Culinary degree/experience
  • Tech/Programing Background is nice-to-have