Executive Development Chef - Lamb Weston - Richland, WA

ConAgra Foods (www.conagrafoodscareers.com/)
Defense Contracting


  Full Time   Employee

United States

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Job Summary

This position acts as member of the culinary team within Lamb Weston, part of the Research and Innovation Department. The Chef will have direct interaction with customers and will be required to develop and present innovative menu and product solutions.  The Executive Chef’s primary responsibilities include - creating a culinary relationship with customers both internal and external, offering innovative menu solutions to meet their needs, and working directly with a cross functional team in Research and Innovation, Sales, Consumer Insights and Marketing.  In addition, the Chef will research and translate food and beverage trends in a compelling and relevant manner to different internal and external customers.  The Executive Chef will report to Lamb’s Senior Executive Chef.

Position Responsibilities

  • Support or lead culinary product and ideation sales presentations for both internal and external customers by effectively communicating, influencing and interacting with both internal sales, consumer insights, marketing and the customer to accomplish the established goals.


  • Demonstrate leadership and proactive attitudes when creating culinary solutions to solve business and market issues.


  • Set culinary goals by proactively monitoring and understanding culinary trends and be able to effectively translate those into viable product concepts and sales solutions.


  • Proactively partner with product development teams on ideation and development of new products and menu ideas and translate those to the customer to drive sales of both new and existing products.


  • Procure, organize and maintain kitchen inventory to effectively prepare and execute world class on-site culinary presentations for visiting customers.


  • Understand concept cost and operational parameters to deliver feasible product solutions.


  • Organize recipes and solutions for assigned projects and products and maintain database of menu ideas.  Translate ideas into Paper Ideations that have relevance to trends, customer’s menus and Lamb Weston products.

Position Qualifications

  • ACF or RCA certification preferred.
  • 4 Year College degree in related discipline preferred (Food Science, Hotel Administration, Hospitality, Culinary Arts).
  • 5+ years of Restaurant experience.
  • Excellent culinary skills.
  • Strong networking and interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Analytical and logical problem solving abilities.
  • Sound understanding of basic business principals.
  • Ability to collaborate with peers.
  • Ability to travel up to 50% to support operating groups and customer needs.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects at one time.
  • Strong time management skills.
  • Strong presentation skills.
  • Strong creative ability.


 Physical Requirements:

Incumbent must have the ability to effectively perform all of the following physical demands without assistance:

  • Ability to safely and comfortably lift 25 pounds frequently, up to 50 pounds occasionally.
  • Ability to stand and work on feet for extended periods of time up to 4 hours
  • Work in a kitchen setting on various surface types.
  • Exposure to microwaves and testing equipment.

This position description is not intended, and should not be construed to be, an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, skills, efforts or working conditions associated with the job.  It is intended, however, to be an accurate reflection of those principal job elements essential for making decisions related to job performance, employee development and compensation.  As such, the incumbent may perform other duties and responsibilities as required.



ConAgra Foods, Inc., is an equal opportunity employer and considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, disability, veteran status or any other protected factor under federal, state or local law.

Research and Development

To apply for this job, contact:
Phil Ziolkowski

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