R&D Pastry Chef

  • The Original Cakerie
  • Delta, BC, Canada
  • Dec 04, 2018
Full time Manufacturing

Job Description

The R&D Pastry Chef designs new, innovative products that both positively influence The Original Cakerie brand and contribute to the company's success. As a key member of our Product Design & Innovation team, you will possess both an in depth culinary knowledge and innate creative ability combined with a sound Food Science background, understanding that product design and development is a process of balancing creativity with methodical testing and evaluating; where only a few unique products are successful in making it to market.

Developing new products from concept through to the prototype phase, you will bring with you a working knowledge of commercialization while working closely with a cross functional team .

Duties will include:

  • Would be accountable for designing and developing new products based on business case and project scope. Developing new product from concept to development, supporting through to commercialization.
  • Equipment, ingredient and product testing knowledge
  • Is a leader on trends / newest ingredients / top chefs / competitors and provides updates in these areas.
  • Compiles accurate and timely summary documents, guidelines, test data and trial plans
  • Ensures constant and accurate updates are provided to Sr. Director PDI on status of all projects
  • Identifies risks to new product time lines and ensures they are communicated to the Sr. Director PDI.
  • Be a key participant in delivering all new product launches to market – transformational products, SKU configurations, custom work for customers, and line extensions.
  • Construct proof of concept samples for new products. Prepare and present samples and specifications for customer presentations and sign off.
  • Contributes in driving the internal innovation process from a culinary perspective, identifying trends and new product development opportunities to support customer needs.
  • Work within the timelines of the product development process to ensure smooth and efficient collaboration with the marketing, procurement and operation teams.
  • Responsible for managing own projects and providing guidance to other Product Developers as required

Educational Qualifications:

  • Red Seal or equivalent designation is desirable as is a Culinary Bachelor’s degree from an accredited program.
  • Food Science Degree or Food Technology Diploma desired.

Experience & Skills:

  • 8 years bakery or pastry experience; product developer in a bakery environment, manufacturing a requirement.
  • Exceptional palate and sensory skills. Strong working knowledge of ingredient functionality, exceptional baking skills.  On top of current trends.
  • Ability to skillfully prepare desserts / cakes / bars etc and develop exciting market driven products.
  • Previous responsibility for recipe development and standardization.
  • Excellent knowledge of food and current culinary trends.
  • Must have a strong customer and achievement orientation, and a tenacity to take action and drive for solution.
  • Ability to work independently with minimal direction
  • Able to multitask with various projects and to manage multiple projects with competing demands involving cross organizational departments.
  • Working knowledge of MS Office (Outlook, Word, Excel) SharePoint and ERP / Navision systems. Strong computer skills
  • Demonstrated history of creative product development
  • Self-directed individual with initiative, responsible for managing own projects and ensuring all timelines are met or exceeded.
  • Effective oral and written communication skills and ability to represent the company and project team in a professional manner.
  • Strong ability to manage accurate up to date records, both hard copy and electronic.
  • Experience working in a manufacturing facility or industrial bakery
  • Past history of working on C/F teams
  • Strong time management skills and attention to detail.
  • 10 – 15% travel. Some random shift start times based on new product launches.

  • If you are looking for your next challenging position then apply now.


Delta , BC