Chef -ESA - Upfield

Chef -ESA

Chef -ESA
Based in Nairobi, Kenya

About us!

We are Upfield Professional, the global experts in plant butters, creams, and oils. We believe in great tasting plant-based alternatives to everything Dairy. Upfield chefs develop ingredients, products and services that help Professionals: prepare delicious food which delight their customers, manage the complexity, and budget constraints of modern catering – meeting the needs for consistency, efficiency, safety, and health – without compromising on taste. With more than 100 years of heritage and the most trusted brands in the industry, Upfield Professional is all about being good for the planet and doing good for the business of Professionals.

If you would like to join us, read on!

The role - this is a fixed- term contract

We are looking for a culinary superstar to develop, test & showcase our products and ingredients.
We’re looking for someone with experience cooking professionally – this doesn’t necessarily mean fancy Michelin, but we are looking for high level culinary chops. You’ll bring the skills, creativity and knowledge of food which can inspire and educate our team and our customers. You’ll earn their trust because of this extensive and valuable experience.
This is a role for someone with passion not only for being in the kitchen, but also for communicating culinary knowledge. You’ll be just as comfortable leading a workshop with professional chefs or a training session with the sales team.

Developing & Testing
This role will require extensive culinary testing of current & new products. You will be taster and tester in chief of all things culinary in our business! You’ll participate in the development of cutting-edge innovation, and as a global organization, you’ll interact and exchange ideas with Upfield Chefs from around the world. You will also be responsible for maintaining the market leading taste and performance of our current portfolio. We are serious about product quality, so frequent benchmarking and performance assessments will be high on the agenda.

Showcasing & Training
You will be the face of our market leading culinary content – including recipe videos and product showcases. We produce a lot of content, so you’ll need to bring the ideas and ability to create fantastic applications for our portfolio - from great cakes to stunning inspiration for dinners both in and out of home. Experience of contemporary food styling is a must!

You’ll have the opportunity to work alongside some of the most exciting food businesses in the world - our customers. These include major cash & carries and global food service leaders a. You’ll be responsible for working together with their development teams to create magic with our portfolio. You’ll also lead the charge in keeping our full team at the cutting edge of all things culinary. We’re serious about knowing our products inside and out, and you will be responsible for making sure were the best in the business in terms of culinary knowledge and training.

In short, this is a career-defining role for someone with serious food chops who wants to drive the culinary agenda of a progressive and entrepreneurial organization.

Main Accountabilities

  • Drive sales and growth in various food service channels.
  • Identify relevant portfolio for food service channels.
  • Structure, coordinate and deliver a culinary training programme for our organization
  • Be the culinary expert in our food service portfolio
  • Support our customer development teams with culinary showcases for our customers
  • Be a core member of all innovation projects across ESA
  • Support (and deliver) compelling culinary content for all our advertising – which will include appearing in social media videos and tutorials.
  • Support our technical teams in the testing of product functionality and claims.
  • Develop recipes for food service portfolio

Key Interfaces

  • Retail and Food Service Marketing Team
  • The Upfield technical and nutritional team
  • Customer Development teams – and our customers
  • The international community of Upfield Chefs

Key Skills & Experience

  • Professional calibre culinary skills. This will likely mean experience cooking at high level in professional kitchens, or market leading experience in food development and presentation.
  • Experience leading culinary training sessions with qualified cooks & chefs
  • Experience in recipe development and food showcases to major retailers
  • Experience in plant-based cooking is desirable
  • Highly developed skills in sweet and savory baking
  • Contemporary food styling experience 

Your Personal Power!
At Upfield we want you to bring your ideas, your motivation and desire to succeed! This part of the role is up to you to complete. Mission Statement
At Upfield our purpose is clear……Making people healthier and happier with great-tasting, healthy and natural plant-based products which are good for our planet!

About Upfield!

At Upfield our purpose is clear …… Making people healthier and happier with great-tasting, healthy and natural plant-based products which are good for our planet!

You’ll have to enjoy working in a fast-paced environment and it will take hard work and determination; we will give you the ownership you need to make an impact.

You’ll have to deliver on the commitments you make. And we’ll give you the freedom and flexibility to do your job and build your own career

If you are an entrepreneur at heart and have a passion for winning, a strong understanding of the FMCG business, and would like  to make an impact where it matters, apply now!