Product Specialist (Chicago, IL)

| Chicago
Employer Provided Salary: $59,900-$72,300 Annually
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Employer Provided Salary: $59,900-$72,300 Annually
Salary data is provided by the employer. Please note this is not a guarantee of compensation.
This Is Who We Are
Founded in 2013, Home Chef is the leading meal solutions company with both a retail and online presence. Available online at and in retail at more than 2,100 Kroger grocery stores, Home Chef is committed to inspiring and enabling more people to cook simple, delicious meals, no matter how busy they are. Similar to our recipes, we recognize that variety is the spice of life; therefore, our employees also bring their uniqueness and color to our fantastic team. We're eager to work with humble team players and pragmatic next-level thinkers to innovate on Home Chef's offerings.
This position will require you to come into our corporate office in Chicago every wednesday and Tuesdays thru thursday(once a month).
Product Specialist supports RTH ingredients and product related projects and initiatives. They are responsible for operationalizing RTH ingredient onboarding, compound ingredient approvals, and label workflow routing. The role works closely with cross-functional teams (i.e. Supply Chain, Culinary) ensuring product timelines are met. This role will be trained as a back up to some labeling activities as well as shorts & replacement approvals.
Detailed Responsibilities:
RTH Ingredient Review and Onboarding
  • Maintain organization and accuracy of Home Chef's specification and Admin system
  • Perform ingredient risk assessments on all ingredients prior to approval, documenting risk assessment in accordance with Home Chef's policies
  • Approve ingredients to be added to Home Chef's pantry by reviewing ingredient attributes including but not limited to: allergens, ingredient statements, nutritional statements, storage requirements, shelf life, etc.
  • Onboarding ingredients into SafetyChain
  • Become subject matter expert for all Home Chef ingredient categories: protein, dairy, dry goods/grocery, produce, bulk, and pre-portioned

RTH Compound Ingredient Reviews and Approvals
  • Review and approve compound ingredients as created by culinary team according to Home Chef's requirements
    • Responsible for conducting a secondary verification of all of the information for a compound ingredient uploaded into Admin, ensuring it is accurate and in accordance with all food safety requirements.
  • Become subject matter expert for compound ingredient process, including verification in Admin system, ingredient verification, process and CCP verifications.
  • Collaborate with Culinary and ops team to increase efficiency in the compound ingredient review process.

Meal Approvals and Labeling Workflow Routing
  • Responsible for conducting a secondary verification of all of the information for a RTH meal uploaded into Admin, ensuring it is accurate and in accordance with all food safety requirements.
  • Review meals and route for final label review and approval process

Labeling Activity Support
  • Serve as a back-up for various labeling activities including but not limited to: allergen meal bag labels, emergency stickers and/or packaging creation, meal card reviews

  • Other tasks as assigned
  • Production site visits
  • Some weekend coverage for shorts & replacements

This position requires 10% travel.
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.
  • Completion of a four-year degree program in a related field: Life Sciences, Food Science, Nutrition & Dietetics, or related field
  • Minimum 2-3 years experience in quality assurance, food safety, food distribution, food manufacturing, food supply chain, or related field
  • Working knowledge of FDA and USDA labeling requirements including ingredient statements, nutritional fact panels, and allergen declarations
  • Strong analytical skills, able to make data driven decisions
  • Exceptional written, verbal and interpersonal skills
  • Self-starter who is results-oriented, resourceful, pragmatic and takes initiative
  • Takes high level of ownership over work, highly organized
  • Capable of handling multiple responsibilities at once
  • Demonstrated ability to embrace change and learn quickly in a fast-paced environment

Salary Range: $59900-72300
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Perks and benefits:
  • 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
  • 401(k) Employer match
  • Flexible spending accounts (FSA) for qualified Medical, Dependent Care, Parking, or Transit expenses
  • Flexible paid time off (PTO) policy, holidays and sick time
  • Generous Parental Leave
  • State-of-the-art office in the historic Old Post Office building in downtown Chicago, close to multiple Metra and CTA options, and amenities such as a food court, onsite gym, and communal rooftop space
  • 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!
How We Work Together
We are humble team players.
We are warm and gracious with team members and customers. We seek feedback to improve ourselves - and respectfully listen to and accept input.
We are pragmatic next-level thinkers.
We come up with novel and unique ideas. We explore new strategies to avoid being constrained by conventional thinking.
We take ownership.
We approach ambiguous problems, prepared to dive in, get curious, and learn more. We are results-driven, always challenging ourselves to exceed goals.
Be at Home at Home Chef
We all show up authentically at Home Chef. Our team includes individuals with a variety of identities, backgrounds, and perspectives. You can trust that you'll be able to bring your whole self to an inclusive and enjoyable workplace.
We welcome people of all races, colors, religions, national origin or ancestry, sex (including sexual identity), age, physical or mental disabilities, pregnancy, veteran or military status, unfavorable discharge from military service, genetic information, sexual orientation, marital status, order of protection status, citizenship status, arrest record or expunged/sealed convictions, or any other legally recognized protected basis under federal, state, or local law.
Home Chef is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. As part of this commitment, Home Chef will ensure that persons with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations. If reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, or to receive other benefits and privileges of employment, please contact our People team at [email protected] .
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

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