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Why You’ll Love This Job

Since 1987, the team at Cafe Valley has produced muffins, bundt cakes, ring cakes, loaf cakes, danishes, turnovers, croissants, and our signature Cafe Bites for our customers throughout the United States and across the world. Demand for our products have grown to the extent that our state-of-the-art, Phoenix, AZ production facility built in 2011 was joined by our Marion, IN production facility in 2014. Through innovative bakery techniques and unique recipes, we continue to delight one bite at a time.

Come Bake with Us!

Position Summary: Primarily responsible for the commercialization of new products, product improvements, and supporting improvement initiatives. Technical Director will drive testing and validation through commercialization and system-wide implementation.

Job Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develop project objectives and strategies in response to business initiatives
  • Develop appropriate timelines for project delivery
  • Facilitate prototype development
  • Plan, lead and execute plant-scale production trials
  • Analyze results of experiments and translate then into actionable recommendations
  • Establish and document specifications for new products based on lab development and plant trials.
  • Act as a technical resource for the cross functional teams
  • Provide technical services role in assigned project
  • Manage product development for technical projects and operational functions
  • Drive innovations in Bakery Products via development of new products and product technologies
  • Ensure the development, use- and sharing of best practice across all departments
  • Define, manage and own projects to develop new or revised products through testing processes and implementation
  • Establish product budgets, allocate resources, set communication expectations and follow up to achieve objectives
  • Coordinate process and product development with cross-function project team to expedite completion
  • Provide direction, critical thinking and methodology to others on project team
  • Recognize, understand significance of problems and proposes alternative solutions
  • Must have the ability to troubleshoot mechanical and functional issues in real time
  • Required to work in Production floor and R&D Lab with a flexible schedule


Qualifications required:
AIB certification in Baking and work experience
Prior management experience
Minimum ten (10) years related experience in bakery research & development  

  • Minimum ten (10) years proven experience in the commercialization of products
  • A combination of education, training and experience that results in demonstrated competency to perform the work may be substituted
  • Demonstrated technical achievement in the development of laminated dough (i.e., croissants, Danish, and cinnamon rolls) and development of batter-based products for the foodservice and in-store bakery markets
  • Good knowledge of product development process and methodologies
  • Proven ability to write process controls for all product testing

Qualifications desired:
Strong verbal and written communication skills and problem solving skills
Proven effectiveness in team communication and interpersonal skills
Strong interpersonal skills to maintain an outstanding relationship with different groups of people including vendors, distributors, sales, R&D and marketing
Excellent team working abilities and the capacity to direct and coach others

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Type: Full Time (Salaried)
Job ID: 114237