Menu Strategy Analyst

| Chicago
Home Chef is building new ways to provide meal solutions that meet a wide variety of customer needs, and shipping locations both online and in store. Our team is a unique mix of creators, chefs, entrepreneurs, and trailblazers and we’re growing quickly. Our customer-first mentality, combined with a zest for supporting our peers, helped us bring home Built in Chicago’s Startup of the Year Moxie award in 2017. If you’re ready to be part of the action, we’re ready to connect with you. There are no limits to where we can go together.
We are looking for a candidate to help assist Home Chef with the overall menu development process and lead the development of our Fresh and Easy Menu.
Responsibilities are as follows:

Menu Design and Presentation

  • With supervision from Menu Strategy Manager, lead the planning process of Fresh and Easy Menu with estimation of 4MM COGS for Q1 2020 (This includes E-commerce and Retail offerings)
  • Assist menu setting process of E-commerce Classic menu
  •  Strategically set weekly Fresh and Easy menu mix to optimize sales, cost and customer experience
  • Work with Photography Associate to execute menu experiments to assign Fresh and Easy meal popularity to manage cost and maximize menu appeal
  • Maintain Fresh and Easy cost targets that align with food cost goals
  • Collaborate with Tech and Marketing on Fresh and Easy menu presentation 

Ideation and Framework

  • Maintain knowledge of Fresh and Easy meal repository and performance metrics to strategically set parameters for meals during ideation
  • Taste and provide feedback on new meals (2+ days per week)

Menu Planning Maintenance

  • Assist Menu Strategy Manager to allocate Chef Research and Development time against products and then schedule Chefs accordingly
  • Maintain retail eligibility classifications for meals 
  • Maintain bank of meals eligible to be rerun 

Measure and Improve Metrics

  • Collect and analyze sales and meal review data to inform future Fresh and Easy menu planning
  • Maintain & assist with the development of menu planning process & tools to drive improvement in metrics and efficiency
  • Collaborate on ingredient tax and subsidy program with Menu Strategy Manager to drive menu variety and appeal


  • The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, ability and/or other characteristics needed for this role. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities.
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • Passion for food & willingness to eat all meals created by chefs (allergens and dietary restrictions cannot be accommodated) 
  • 3+ years of experience in a rigorous fast-paced work environment
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple complex projects and initiatives simultaneously with a results-oriented approach
  • Strong Excel/Google sheets experience 
  • Independent self-starter inclined towards finding solutions without significant oversight
  • Must be able to taste and provide thorough feedback on every meal and ingredient sample test in the kitchen, including vegetarian, pork, chicken, steak, and seafood meals. 

- Comprehensive Medical, Dental, and Vision Insurance – benefits start the 1st day of the month following your start date 
- Company paid Life Insurance, Short Term Disability and Long Term Disability
- 401k Employer match - 50% on the $1, up to 6% of the employee's earnings 
- We offer flexible spending accounts (FSA) for qualified Medical, Dependent Care, Parking, or Transit expenses
- Flexible paid time off (PTO) policy, plus sick days 
- Generous Parental Leave 
- Great Work/Life Balance – We value and support each individual team member
- Quarterly company-wide “Town Hall” meetings 
- Ongoing professional development opportunities by level and function
- Your choice of Windows or Mac laptop, plus an extra screen 
- Onsite gym 
- Weekly Fooda credit 
- Newly renovated office in the historic Old Main Post Office which is located close to multiple Metra and CTA options
- Employee discounts through Perkspot
- Discounts on Home Chef meal kits and at Kroger stores
- Casual dress in a fun, friendly and collaborative work environment
Candidates can experience Home Chef as a customer - enter promo code PEOPLE30 for $30 off your first order!
Home Chef is an equal employment opportunity employer 

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Located in the iconic Old Chicago Post Office. Plus, the office is easy to get to with various train and bus stops being close by.

What are Home Chef Perks + Benefits

Volunteer in local community
Partners with Nonprofits
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Daily stand up
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Pair programming
Open office floor plan
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Onsite Gym
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K) Matching
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
Family Medical Leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid Volunteer Time
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Home Chef hosts company outings Semi-annually.
Free Daily Meals
Weekly Fooda credit which equals to one company paid lunch per week .
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Happy hours are hosted at team's discretion.
Recreational Clubs
Professional Development Benefits
Tuition Reimbursement
Lunch and learns
Home Chef hosts lunch and learn meetings once per quarter.
Promote from within
Paid industry certifications

Additional Perks + Benefits

Direct access to senior management – our leadership team works alongside our team members every day. Flexible spending accounts for qualified medical, dependent care, parking, or transit expenses. On-site gym membership, and daily bike storage for Old Chicago Post Office building employees. Employee discounts for Home Chef meal kits. Candidates can experience Home Chef as a customer - enter promo code PEOPLE30 for $30 off your first order!

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