Food Stylist & Product Developer

Recruiter
Edible Arrangements
Location
Wallingford
Salary
Competitive
Posted
Jun 30, 2017
Closes
Jul 20, 2017
Industry
Energy
Employer Type
Direct Employer
Employment Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time
Job Summary

We are looking for a hands-on Food Stylist and Product Developer to join our Innovation team for the creation and implementation of new fruit arrangements and innovative products from concept through to commercialization. We need someone who is extraordinarily creative and curious, with a strong sense of design that will create new fresh fruit product ideas, experiment with ingredients and flavor profiles, develop the recipe, and work cross-functionally to prepare for a launch that WOWs our guests. The ideal candidate is willing to roll up their sleeves to complete all the necessary preparation functions associated with developing new production innovation and food styling.

Essential Function and Responsibilities:

* Create innovative new products and processes, and work cross-functionally to bring them to market from concept through to commercialization

* Research trends in ingredients, product designs, and food gifting solutions to bring inspiration and stimulation to the ideation and funnel filling process

* Build an intimate knowledge of Edible Arrangements product designs, design best practices, store operations, product standards, product data and product technology systems, and provide broad-based expertise as needed

* Assess, manage, resolve and escalate (if necessary) risks and issues to project scope and timelines in a timely and constructive manner

* Assist in the development of creative communication materials, through ownership of all associated product design and display elements

* Manage ad-hoc product related requests as appropriate, and help to frame optimal pathways and solutions in ways that enable effective decision making

* Demonstrate food preparation safety, quality and speed consistent with Edible Arrangements design standards

Job Requirements:

* Naturally creative and curious personality, with a strong action orientation, and desire to identify novel ideas and bring new concepts to market

* Strong team orientation, with a natural bias to help deliver against both individual and team goals in a proactive manner

* Ability to effectively work on multiple projects simultaneously

* Ability to develop an understanding of procurement processes, and work collaboratively with external vendors, and ingredient/technology suppliers

* Ability to develop a high level understanding of Intellectual Property management tools and processes, and the embrace of competitive insulation as a key outcome of innovation

* Preferred experience in food styling/design, gift basket and/or floral design and preparation experience

* Knowledge of ingredients (fruits and toppings), product design, product standards, food safety and store operations highly preferred

* Hands-on product development experience a plus, ideally with specific examples of marketplace successes from Idea to Launch

* Strong oral and written communication skills, incl. ability to present ideas convincingly in individual and group setting

* Ability to work independently, and as part of a cross-functional team

* Ability to thrive and excel in a fast paced, demanding environment

* Good organizational skills and ability to plan projects with a high energy level

* Proficiency in MS Office applications

* Occasional travel required for participation at photoshoots and conventions and for development opportunities at industry trade shows

What we offer:

* Competitive Salary and Benefit plans

* Healthcare Plan including health/dental/vision insurance

* 401K Plan - eligible one year from hire date

* Section 125 Flexible Spending Account

* Life Insurance

* Short and Long Term Disability

* Paid time off

* Paid holidays

We are proud to be an EEO/AA employer. Applicants for employment are considered without regard to race, creed, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, age, disability, status as a veteran, Vietnam Era Veteran, or being a member of the Reserves or National Guard.Posted by StartWire