Manager New Product Development- Retail at Home Chef

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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’sStartup 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.
As the COVID-19 situation continues to escalate in the US and around the world, we are committed to keeping our teams and their families as our greatest priority. To that end, we are making some adjustments to the way we will be doing business in the upcoming weeks.
We are taking all the necessary precautions to keep our employees and customers safe, and would love to have you on our team as we can continue to serve our communities.
Summary of Responsibilities: 
The Manager of New Product Development plays a critical role in the success of Home Chef’s business by owning a key vertical of the New Product Development process. The candidate will be responsible for ideating, vetting and developing product ideas within their vertical and collaborating with stakeholders across the organization and with Kroger to make these products a reality. The position is part of the New Product Development team within Product and reports to the Sr. Director of New Product Development. The role is based in Chicago, IL with some travel.

Detailed Responsibilities:

  • Channel Leadership:
  • Own their respective vertical (e.g. e-comm, retail, deli) and serve as a thought partner to Home Chef and to Kroger in creating the next generation of products
  • Oversee the product roadmap for 2020 and beyond and do everything necessary to ensure successful completion of the related projects
  • Communicate and build alignment with internal and external stakeholders to remove roadblocks and prioritize projects
  • Serve as a critical liaison between Kroger, New Product Development and the broader Home Chef team
  • Innovation & New Product Development:
  • Work with all available internal and external stakeholders to innovate, ideate and develop new products, processes and customer experiences
  • Source and stress test new product ideas in collaboration with Consumer Insights, Retail, Marketing and Kroger
  • Interpret data, research and trends that impact the prepared foods and deli space and develop actionable insights for execution
  • Integrate voice of customer into all aspects of the deli transformation and work with Consumer Insights and 84.51 to transform these learnings into tangible actions
  • Cross-Departmental Collaboration and Execution:
  • Collaborate internally with Retail, Culinary, Supply Chain, Marketing, Finance, Ops and others to ensure smooth and successful delivery of projects
  • Lead working teams with multiple dotted-line reports to bring new projects from idea generation to full execution and rolloutCommunicate ongoing project updates and priorities across the organization and to Kroger leadership as necessary
  • Develop and source all inputs to shepherd projects through the Home Chef stage gate process
  • Omni-channel Product Strategy:
  • Serve as a critical member of the New Product Development strategy team representing the respective vertical
  • Collaborate on best practices and share learnings with peers working on other verticals
  • Set the mid- to long-term product vision for the respective vertical and ensure alignment across Product, other departments and with Kroger

Qualifications: 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. An advanced degree is a plus
  • 3-6 years of experience in a rigorous fast-paced work environment – CPG/FMCG, product development, innovation, consulting, startups
  • Ability to work within a scrappy ambiguous start-up environment
  • Extremely detail-oriented and organized with the ability to develop and make progress against multiple concurrent project plans
  • Data-driven decision maker who can use data to drive validate and make progress against potential courses of action
  • Ideal candidate will have experience working in the fresh and packaged food space 
  • Self-starter inclined towards finding solutions and who is comfortable working independently and with a team
  • Strong communicator and relationship builder
  • Intellectually curious and excited to grow a new retail business from ground zero
  • Must have a sense of urgency and be capable of dealing with fast-changing priorities and ambiguity

- 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 opportunity employer.
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Located in the iconic Old Chicago Post Office. The office is easy to get to by various train and bus stops being close by.

An Insider's view of Home Chef

What’s the vibe like in the office?

Home Chef is all about building relationships and getting to know team members on a personal level. Our new office was designed with the idea of being at “home” in mind. There are lounge chairs and collaborative spaces where we are constantly meeting with co workers from different teams to brainstorm and ideate!

Mel Rocha Cheng

Retail Brand Manager

How do you collaborate with other teams in the company?

Being on the New Product Development team, we are very fortunate in the fact we get to interact with almost every team at Home Chef! In my role specifically, I have the chance to utilize my interest and core skill set in consumer and data insights to help inform our cross-functional teams of different lanes of innovations we can take next!

Scott Milling

Senior Insights Analyst, New Product Development

What are some things you learned at the company?

One of the greatest lessons I’ve learned here at Home Chef is what it means to have great leadership. 2020 has been one of the most chaotic years I’ve ever experienced in Operations but having a management team that cares about getting the job done AND ensuring the teams well-being has been such an amazing learning experience!

Jamie Marshall

Special Projects Manager, Operations

What unique initiatives do you have that encourage innovation?

We do a great job weaving innovative thinking into our day-to-day and make it a priority so much that we have “curiosity” as one of the core values for the company. The tech team holds regular brainstorming and competitor tear-down sessions and day-long “hackathons” where we’ll focus on solving a specific problem or building a certain product.

Katie Bevier


How does the company support your career growth?

Home Chef is constantly growing and moving forward so things never get boring or stagnant. There are plenty of opportunities to grow professionally and to move forward within the company because we are empowered to speak up and to contribute.

Nigel Palmer

Executive Chef

What are Home Chef Perks + Benefits

Volunteer in local community
We offer volunteer days at The Greater Chicago Food Depository. Our Employee Resource Groups are actively engaged in volunteer events throughout the year.
Partners with Nonprofits
Home Chef has partnerships with The Greater Chicago Food Depository and Feeding America.
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
HC Connect is our internal team who puts together social events and programs for our teams
Daily stand up
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Pair programming
Open office floor plan
Unconscious bias training
Mean gender pay gap below 10%
Diversity Employee Resource Groups
CookOUT (LGBTQ+), Black ERG, Parents Group, Women's Group and Home Chef DEI Council
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
You know your schedule best!
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 .
Game Room
Our game room includes ping pong, board games and video games
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Happy hours are hosted at team's discretion.
Recreational Clubs
Home Office Stipend for Remote Employees
We are currently offering $50 per month to all remote employees to help pay for home office expenses
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

We are always looking at new perks and benefits to offer to our employees.

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