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Director, Culinary Strategy

| Greater LA Area

About sweetgreen:

sweetgreen is on a mission to build healthier communities by connecting people to real food. We passionately believe that real food should be convenient and accessible to everyone. Every day in each sweetgreen, our 3,500 team members make food from scratch, using fresh ingredients and produce delivered that morning. And in our local communities, we’re committed to leaving people better than we found them. We’re in the business of feeding people, and we’re out to change what that means.


Our Food + Beverage team is seeking a Director of Culinary Strategy to help support the growth of our company.


Responsibilities 

  • Directing sweetgreen’s product strategy, promoting a strong food and innovation culture while embodying the “sweetlife” and keeping sweetgreen’s core values and food ethos top of mind.
  • Developing a thoughtful strategy around product evolution that addresses adapting our offering to a multichannel customer demand environment - utilizing various customer ordering and food production scenarios.
  • Championing the new product development cycle. Working directly with the Culinary and Supply Chain teams to articulate product opportunities, positioning and requirements. Direct management of live tests with articulated success metrics, timeframes and milestones.
  • Regular reporting on menu and product performance. Identifying opportunities and strategies to improve revenue, costs, and promotion of healthy and sustainably produced and sourced foods.
  • Working cross-functionally with supply chain, culinary, marketing, operations, training, and finance to integrate product development plans and new product offerings throughout the company in a collaborative, efficient, and profitable manner.

Expected 2018 Deliverables

  • Foundational system for identifying, analyzing and prioritizing product opportunities and performance 2019-2020 Product Plan


Desired Experience

  • Scalable experience with product, strategy, and innovation in a food-forward, multi-unit national restaurant, or retail brand; CPG experience a plus
  • High-level P&L management of product life cycle as well as performance analysis of menu items.
  • Progressive leadership in best-in-class organizations, including immersion in culinary strategy, product innovation and execution, people development, team building, food safety, and operational best practices


Desired Traits

  • Commitment to building a more sustainable food system
  • Passionate about serving food that is delicious, healthy and sustainably sourced.
  • Proficient in honest, open, and effective communication with internal and external partners
  • Strong Project Management skills
  • Passionate about continued learning

What you'll get:

  • Competitive pay + bonus plan granted based on performance 
  • Health, dental + vision insurance
  • Flexible PTO, because we respect the need for work/life harmony
  • An opportunity to make a real impact on the people around you, both by growing them and by connecting them to real food
  • To live the sweetlife and celebrate your passion + purpose
  • A collaborative family of people who live our core values and have your back
  • A clear career path with opportunities for development, both personally and professionally
  • Our annual Impact Retreat offsite
  • Free sweetgreen swag
  • Complimentary sweetgreen

Come join the sweetlife! 

sweetgreen provides equal opportunities for everyone that works for us and everyone that applies to join our team, without regard to sex or gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, any service, past, present, or future, in the uniformed services of the United States (military or veteran status), or any other consideration protected by federal, state, or local law.

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Location

Our office is positioned in the centerpiece for LA's newest creative generation, PLATFORM and directly across the street from the Metro Station.

What are sweetgreen Perks + Benefits

Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Pet Insurance
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
Company Equity
Performance Bonus
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Company Outings
Free Daily Meals
Stocked Kitchen
Happy Hours
Pet Friendly
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
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