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Entry Level R&D Manager Job

Job Number: 2017-6002

Address: 2002 Papa John's Blvd

Location: Louisville, KY

Date Posted: 3-22-2017



There are two types of people at Papa John's... Those who make pizza and those who support the people who make the pizza." - John Schnatter

This position, reporting directly to the Sr. Director of R&D, has responsibility for the consistent creative development, testing a new product development needs, optimization of existing products, and solving for gaps in Papa John's menu(s).

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Partner with the Sr. Director of R&D and Marketing in the menu innovation process and display ability to develop ideas from concepts stage all the way to national implementation following our new product development process
  • Maintain awareness of industry trends, consumer requirements and the availability of novel, clean label ingredients and processing aids.
  • Design and perform continuing research on new products to support Papa John's continuing culinary innovation.
  • Project lead on existing product improvements, formulate changes or enhancements, and cost improvement initiatives, this includes complete product evaluations, refinements, and documentation.
  • Responsible for culinary supplier ideations sessions in order to develop new products related to concept needs and objectives
  • Initiate development of multiple prototypes that deliver on concept or strategy: menu description, operational feasibility, and financial realities.
  • Partner with Operations Training team to refine product or specifications to deliver and execute quality product consistently.
  • Continuously learning, tasting, exploring, vetting and researching food ideas and concepts and relating them back to relevant ideas for the brand
  • Write product specifications/ recipes on all new products and provide R&D approval for any changes to existing specifications.
  • Conduct preparation and presentations for Senior Leadership Team, Franchise Advisory Committee and any other product showings.



The essential functions in this job description are not all-inclusive of this job's duties and responsibilities.

  • Culinary creativity, including development of recipes that can be manufactured, replicated, and scaled is a must.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects under tight deadlines and be organized with minimal supervision
  • Well-developed sense of taste and aesthetics, balanced with value-drivers in food
  • Strong team player and motivated problem solver
  • Clear, concise communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Demonstrated experience in developing research templates and test designs and evaluating data.
  • Excellent organization and interpersonal skills


  • Bachelor degree in Culinary and/or food science or related discipline.
  • 5+ years of food industry experience,
  • 3+ years of formal product development process experience
  • 2+ years of culinary/ kitchen experience in a lead management role
  • Strong knowledge and experience of multi-location national and / or regional chain desired
  • Previous experience in Pizza category is a plus
  • Computer proficiency (Microsoft Office, database, Internet, and documentation software required.


Exciting things are happening at Papa John's corporate restaurants. Work where the best ingredient is you!

Great things are happening at Papa John's! If you are looking for a fulfilling career with an international company, flavored with challenging work, mixed with professional development opportunities, a competitive salary and a collaborative team environment, then look no further! Papa John's seeks people who share our philosophy for success, are looking for quality business practices and meaningful work. All these combine to produce not only the best pizza, but also the best team members!

Papa John's has over 4,600 restaurants worldwide. We offer a competitive benefits and compensation package. Better Ingredients. Better People.

An equivalent combination of experience and training may substitute for any of the listed position qualifications.

Screening requirements: Criminal Background Check required.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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