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Culinary Innovation Manager in Roanoke, VA at Bimbo Bakeries USA

Date Posted: 11/25/2021

Job Snapshot

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    Roanoke, VA
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    7-10 years
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Job Description

Have you ever enjoyed Arnold®, Brownberry® or Oroweat® bread? A Thomas’® English muffin or bagel? Or perhaps snacked on a Sara Lee®, Entenmann’s® or Marinela® cake or donut? If the answer is yes, then you know Bimbo Bakeries USA!

Bimbo Bakeries USA is part of Grupo Bimbo, the world’s largest baking company with operations in 33 countries. Bimbo Bakeries USA (BBU) employs 20,000 associates across the U.S. in bakeries, sales centers, corporate offices and on sales routes to ensure our consumers have the freshest products to feed their families at every meal. But our associates come to work for much more – the chance to feed their own lives through exciting work that offers the opportunity to make a real difference in their professional and personal lives every day.

Bimbo Bakehouse, a division of Grupo Bimbo, is the largest North American supplier of frozen, par-baked breads, rolls and bagels to the retail and food service channels. In our mission to nourish, delight and serve our world, we have an immediate opening for a Culinary Innovation Manager. This role will be customer facing working in partnership with key customers to lead innovation. Provide leadership, guidance, and support the sales, marketing and operations team. This person will have a strong understanding of bakery and bakery products and have a passion for the Art of Baking.

Key Job Responsibilities:

  •  Working in partnership with Key Customers to provide customized solutions and innovation. Presenting to customers on a frequent basis supporting the sales team with product presentations menu development.
  •  Demonstrate culinary thought leadership, having a strong understanding of competitive landscape and being a creative problem solver to win new business.
  •  Independently lead the bench top formulation and execution of lab related work activities that support the development of new products and line extensions, documenting and completing accurately.
  •  Able to work in both a “hands-on” and /or direct as needed environment in order to make ideas and concepts into product reality. 
  • Provide support and/or advice as needed or requested from other departments throughout Bimbo Bakehouse on culinary matters.
  •  Deals effectively and professionally with outside ingredient supplier to meet R&D objectives.
  • Frequent travel to bakery and customer locations.
  •  Cross-functional collaboration and understanding and willingness to learn more deeply the manufacturing capabilities and constraints to enable successful translation and scale up of culinary gold standards
  • Willing to travel as required.

Job Requirements

  • Minimum (2) year AOS degree of Culinary Arts or graduated from a 3-year culinary apprenticeship.  A combination of education, training and experience that results in demonstrated competency to perform the work may be substituted.

•         Minimum of 5 years of experience in culinary development role.

•         Experience in working with and presenting to customers and working in partnership with customer marketing, purchasing and culinary teams.

•         Computer skills and proficiency with word processing, spreadsheet, database and other software/applications.


Physical Demands:

The physical and mental demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an associate to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be requested to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Bimbo Bakeries USA is an equal opportunity employer with a policy that provides equal employment opportunity for applicants and employees regardless of race, color, religion, disability, gender, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, pregnancy, veteran status, or any other classification protected by law. This policy applies to all aspects of employment, including recruitment, hiring, promotion, compensation, reassignment, layoff, discharge, education, training and all other working conditions. To further the principle of equal employment opportunity, Bimbo Bakeries USA has developed affirmative action plans for minorities and women, qualified individuals with disabilities, and Vietnam-era and special disabled veterans and other protected veterans.


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