Executive Chef-Menu Design & Development (374-574)
LSG Sky Chefs - Burlingame, CA

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LSG Sky Chefs is the worlds largest provider of in-flight services. These include airline catering, in-flight equipment and logistics, as well as the management of onboard service and in-flight retail. The group is also the industry leading expert in managing the in-flight service supply chain for several airlines. LSG Sky Chefs partners with more than 300 airlines worldwide and operates some 200 customer service centers in 50 countries, producing around 460 million airline meals a year. In 2010, the companies belonging to LSG Sky Chefs Group achieved consolidated revenues of € 2.2 billion.

In addition to in-flight services, LSG Sky Chefs operates in several adjacent markets (non-airline) such as retail and catering for passenger trains, educational and healthcare facilities. These business areas are fast-paced environments characterized by a strong entrepreneurial spirit. Our teams identify customer needs proactively, respond to them very quickly, and coordinate internally to ensure a high-quality delivery.

We are seeking candidates who have the desire and commitment to help us achieve our mission, as well as develop our adjacent markets around the world.

Role Purpose Statement: Design innovative and cost effective menus for reproduction in a fresh food manufacturing environment; create highly detailed recipe and yield specifications within companys proprietary windows based application.

Key Interfaces: (internal, external)
Internal: Operations, Sales and Services, Procurement, Revenue Management, Finance
External: Customers, Suppliers

Menu Development
Design, implement and lead menu presentations for assigned airline customers
Execute the culinary process steps of the standard design process within the Program Management Team and adhere to deadlines and cost targets
Plan, prepare, and execute customer menu presentations
Document specification changes, validate yielding and methods and batch recipe conversion estimates during menu presentation cooking and preparation.
Consistently research new products entering the marketplace which could be added to the standard products from the established catalog of menu/recipe components and ingredient items
Execute training to Executive Chefs and culinary personnel at Customer Service Centers (CSC) on menu cycle changes
Responsible for auditing and critiquing customer menus in a CSC via photo or in-house reviews, and ensuring all necessary improvements are made
Perform yield studies on various products to get a true yielded cost in CBASE
Design and implement start-up of new customer menus
Design recipes and specifications to ensure that Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) standards are maintained
Interface and act as company culinary representative with customers
Design food production and packing around Lean Manufacturing and Quality initiatives
Leadership
Ensure that the area of responsibility is properly organized, staffed and directed
Guide, motivate and develop the directly and indirectly subordinate employees
Plan, implement and control the cost and project budget in the area of responsibility; initiate and steer corrective actions in case of deviations

Apprenticeship or Certification course from culinary school required
In addition, five to seven years of experience in commercial cooking required
Additional certifications (e.g. diet chef, industrial chef) or equivalent professional experience preferred
Advanced project management experience required
Nutritional expertise desired
Must possess creativity and the ability to bring a meal together quickly and elegantly
Knowledge of food and hygiene regulations (HACCP)
Understand and demonstrate concepts of financial controls (ex: keep food cost within budget, control stock levels while being cost conscious, minimize waste)
Excellent skills at developing concepts, ensuring documentation and conducting professional and convincing menu presentations in front of customers
Advanced Microsoft Excel and/or database application experience and demonstrated skill set
Grow your career with us! We offer a competitive compensation and benefits package. Benefits begin Day 1 for our non-union employees, there is no waiting period and include the following:

  • Medical, Dental, Vision, Supplemental Life, AD&D and Long Term Disability
  • 401 (k) Plan with company contributions
  • Company paid: Basic Life insurance, Basic AD&D and Short Term Disability
  • Vacation and Holidays

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