FreshRealm - CONNECTING THROUGH MEALS

At FreshRealm we aspire to be THE fresh meal company. Fresh meals are our focus, and we are passionate about revolutionizing this rapidly growing category. 

FreshRealm develops, sources, commercializes and assembles fresh meals. Fresh meals, including meal kits, ready-to-heat and ready-to-cook offerings are 100% our focus. We partner with leading Grocery, Convenience and Omni channel retailers to deliver the very best meals to their customers. Our success is measured by the success of our retail partners. Service, quality and consistency are our obsession, and we take pride in every meal that our customers place on their shelves.

At FreshRealm meals are more than a source of nutrition, they are our passion. Meals are the heart of a timeless ritual of sitting down to connect with family, friends, and ourselves. We are proud to play a small part in the ritual of “connecting us through meals”.

If you are a leader looking to build the future of fresh meals,  you are growth minded and thrive in an entrepreneurial environment, or you are excited to work with the country’s largest retailers, go to market with the best in product quality and work with industry leaders that care for each other and their communities, FreshRealm is the perfect fit for you. 

Overview

The Development & Culinary Director will be responsible for leading all aspects of new product development & packaging for branded and own label products for Fresh Realm.  This role will direct multiple development and culinary teams across all sites maximizing opportunities for development, sales and margin growth. The role will be able to operate at both a strategic and tactical level, with experience inputting to the longer-term plans of the business and implementing them.

As a positive and passionate team player, with experience managing development and culinary teams, you will not be phased by working under pressure and to deadlines. Must have strong project management and interpersonal skills.  Ability to build and develop strong, cooperative relationships with internal and external partners at executive and operational management levels. Skilled at presenting new product ideas, concepts and  technical solutions across categories to customers in the retail, food service and D2Consumer space. Must have the resilience to make things happen and ability to direct multiple short timeline projects and prioritize accordingly to ensure both internal and external deadlines are met. 

Essential Functions include, but are not limited to:

  • Interpret Product/Project briefs to direct individual and multiple departmental teams across multiple sites to develop products to agreed commercial values from kitchen to factory
  • Maintain a relevant product suite to support strategic growth objectives within Fresh Realm
  • Develop comprehensive talent management, acquisition, and retention plans
  • Implement continuous improvement initiatives
  • Responsible for the effective management of the full product development cycle from product initiation, project kick-off to sign-off and launch
  • Ensure that all development processes for food, packaging and food safety standards are highly robust, effective and efficient and implemented to deliver consistent high-quality products that meet the working brief 
  • Work closely with commercial, marketing and operations to optimize the category, sales and margin expectations
  • Dial in to key trends driven by Consumer behavior, lifestyle choice, innovative chefs, industry leaders, and competitor activity, to ensure our NPD is relevant and at the forefront of food culture and design in a multi-site environment which is geographically diverse.
  • Utilize a working knowledge of plant processes and facilities
  • Ensure onsite monitoring and development assistance when testing / manufacturing new products 
  • Establish relationships with suppliers to ensure product standards and commercial targets are met
  • Plans and formulates aspects of research and development proposals such as objective or purpose of project, applications that can be utilized from findings, costs of project, and equipment and human resource requirement.

Required Qualifications:

  • 10 years management experience in Development within the Chilled Short Shelf-Life Meal sector (along with a culinary background)
  • Experience in the Chilled Ready to Cook / Ready to Heat sector
  • Experience working in Fresh food short shelf RTH, RTC meal etc. manufacturing environment
  • New product development background within F.M.C.G.
  • Culinary background
  • Experience working in a start-up environment preferred but not required
  • Must have a BSc degree and culinary experience
  • Will have a focused, hardworking and entrepreneurial attitude to business and ideally come from a food product background with a passion for NPD

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Must understand product development cycle from concept to commercialization including cost parameters and shelf-life implications. 
  • Fully versed in all aspects of product costings
  • Deliver the Annual Budget targets where responsibility is allocated.
  • Excellent management skills
  • Forward thinker and lateral thinking approach to problem solving
  • Excellent customer relation skills with strong experience of customer and executive level presentations
  • Nutritional and microbiological understanding of short shelf-life chilled food 
  • Understanding of packaging development, a plus
  • Up to date with latest food trends, changes in market and technology tracking
  • Ability to effectively collaborate and lead cross-functional teams 
  • Manage short- and long-term development projects across multiple sites and retailers 
  • Experience with critical path management software  
  • Excellent organization skills and attention to detail
  • Project management and critical judgement skills required. 
  • Must be comfortable wearing many hats to assist the cross-functional team where needed to meet objectives, principles, actions and timelines to hit aggressive deadlines. 
  • Ability to work in a fast-growing start-up environment is a must.

FreshRealm, LLC does not accept unsolicited resumes from search firm recruiters. Fees will not be paid in the event a candidate submitted by a recruiter without an agreement in place is hired; such resumes will be deemed the sole property of FreshRealm, LLC.

Covid-19 protocols are consistent with State Regulations



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