Deli Transformation Lead

| 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’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.
The Deli Transformation Lead will be a critical player in the New Product Development team focused on leading a multi-year transformation of the Kroger Deli through collaboration with stakeholders at Home Chef and Kroger. Candidates will work to transform the customer experience in store by bringing together top-notch insights and experience in product innovation, new product development, customer experience, marketing, analytics and CPG.
This position requires up to 30% travel


  • Own the Deli Transformation vertical and serve as a thought partner to Home Chef and to Kroger in creating the next generation deli
  • Oversee the broader platform of projects to ensure successful completion
  • Communicate and build alignment with internal and external stakeholders to remove roadblocks and prioritize projects
  • Serve as a critical liaison between Kroger working teams, 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 for the Kroger Deli
  • 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 rollout
  • Communicate ongoing project updates and priorities across the organization and to Kroger leadership
  • Develop and source all inputs to shepherd projects through the Home Chef stage gate process

Omnichannel Product Strategy:

  • Serve as a critical member of the New Product Development strategy team representing the Deli Transformation vertical
  • Set the mid to long-term product vision for the Deli Transformation 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 in a related field required. An advanced degree is a plus
  • 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 with national retail chains and a strong knowledge of 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 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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