Culinary & Innovation Specialist

  • Pappa Johns Pizza
  • Atlanta, Georgia
  • Jun 05, 2021
Full time Other

Job Description

The Culinary Innovation Specialist supports the creation of innovative and contemporary menu items that exceed customer expectations in flavor, fresh ingredients, and originality. He/she will combine strong food industry knowledge and preparation expertise in preparing menu items for QSRs. He/she will review costs, suppliers, customer demand, customer feedback, and operational impact. He/she will be responsible for the culinary influence for the PJI menu. This role contributes to the culinary innovation of the PJI menu, influencing the design and development of Papa John's pizza, sides, and specialties items.

  • Seek to constantly innovate menus associated with overall Papa John's menu strategy to include fresh flavors and ingredients that can be prepared in store kitchens efficiently.
  • Leverage market, competitive and customer satisfaction analysis to deliver new menu items. Explore supplier opportunities with both PJI operations and external sources
  • Stay abreast of market trends and customer preferences to identify innovation opportunities; keep a rolling plan of potential seasonal and permanent menu items
  • Work with Marketing and other internal stakeholders on finished product design
  • Measure and analyzing new menu performance

Functional Skills:

  • Analytical Skills: effectively uses data to generate insights for operations excellence
  • Planning & Prioritization: highest impact, highest value
  • Financial & Business Acumen
  • Communicates Effectively and Candidly
  • Problem Solving; ability to use rigorous logic to solve problems with innovative effective solutions
  • Process Improvement: Strive to continually improve
  • Ability to handle multiple initiatives simultaneously

Education, Experience & Certifications:

  • 3-5 years of experience in as a chef or related field in the food industry
  • Bachelor's degree in Culinary Arts or related field
  • Experience in Restaurant menu design and product development
  • QSR experience preferred


Exciting things are happening at Papa John's corporate restaurants. Work where the best ingredient is YOU!

Great things are happening at Papa John's! If you are looking for a fulfilling career with an international company, flavored with challenging work, mixed with professional development opportunities, a competitive salary and a collaborative team environment, then look no further! Papa John's seeks people who share our philosophy for success, are looking for quality business practices and meaningful work. All these combine to produce not only the best pizza, but also the best team members!

Papa John's has over 5,000 locations in 44 countries and territories around the world. We offer a competitive benefits and compensation package. Driven to be the best. Better Ingredients. Better People. ®