Development Chef

Hours: 36

Salary: Competitive

Location: Shire Park, Kestral way, Welwyn Garden City AL7 1GA

United Kingdom

Apply by: 28/02/2020

Development Chef

Shire Park, Kestral way, Welwyn Garden City AL7 1GA

About the role

Nothing is more important to us than the trust of our customers. That's why we have a team of experts who make sure that every Tesco product is not only safe, legal and ethically sourced, but is also of the great quality and value that our customers expect. Our team of over 1,000 product quality colleagues across the world make sure that the sourcing, production and handling of each product meets our stringent policies and standards.

This role will deliver product innovation and improvement across the food categories by working with the Product Development team and supplier partners. You will use your skills as chef to lead a culture of passion for product at events and advocacy 

You will be responsible for

  • Using your culinary skills and working with Product Development Managers and Supplier Partners to elevate our innovation and product improvement programme; so we develop market leading products our customers love
  • Supporting a 3 year view on trends and knowledge and in ingredients, flavours, recipes and techniques across the food industry and sharing with brand, marketing and product development
  • Supporting the Events and Comms teams to ensure we execute food-led events for internal and external stakeholders to the highest standards, in line with brief, time-line and budget to build trust in our brand
  • Ensuring all our products are formulated in line with our Product Rules and Every Little Helps Plan
  • Support a culture of creativity, innovation & passion for product within your team, supply base and heart environment
  • Ensuring customers are at the heart of everything we do 
  • Developing yourself so that you can be your best 
  • Supporting our Chef Network, building supplier relationships
  • Following our Business Code of Conduct & always acting with integrity and due diligence
  • Bringing the Tesco food point of view alive for senior stakeholders, colleagues and customers


You will need

Experience relevant for this job:

  • Professional food service chef experience
  • Proven track record of taking concept to market
  • A passion for product & trends

Operational skills relevant for this job:

  • Chef training / qualifications
  • Ability to understand customer, market & competitor insight & foresight data
  • Innovative & conceptual thinking
  • Influencing & communication
  • Analysis & Decision making

What’s in it for you

We offer excellent benefits that help make Tesco a great place to work.  These include but aren’t limited to:

  • Annual bonus scheme where you can earn up to 3.5% of base salary
  • Holiday starting at 20 days plus a personal day rising to 22 days after 12 months (plus 8 Bank holidays)
  • On-site state of the art gym at our Welwyn Campus with discounted “Gympass” membership & free health checks via Nuffield Health
  • Retirement savings plan - save between 4% and 7.5% and Tesco will match your contribution
  • Life Assurance - 5 x contractual pay
  • Share Schemes – Join our ‘Buy As You Earn’ & ‘Save As You Earn’ share schemes after 3 months service
  • Colleague Clubcard (including a 2nd card for a family member) after 3 months service
  • Colleague Discounts:
    • 10% increasing to 15% after every pay day for a four day period, off most purchases at Tesco
    • 10% off One Stop
    • 10% off pay monthly & SIM only deals with Tesco Mobile
    • 20% off all F&F purchases
    • 20% off car, pet and home insurance at Tesco bank. T&C’s apply
    • 25% off Tesco Café
    • 50% off complete glasses purchases & free eye tests (other offers available) at Vision Express
    • 50% off health checks at Tesco Pharmacy
  • An exclusive deals and discounts website saving you money on everyday purchases, treats for the family, eating out and utility bills for the home
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Shuttle Bus Service to/from Hatfield & Welwyn Garden City Station to Welwyn Campus & Hatfield Offices
  • Opportunities to get on - take advantage of our ongoing learning opportunities and award-winning training, to help you achieve the job and career you want
  • Our Employee Assistance Programme helps you deal with life’s challenges
  • Financial wellness - Tesco has partnered with experts to help you make the most of your money
  • Get involved in a range of fundraising activities with our long-term charity partners

About us

Tesco has become a market leader by doing the little things that really matter for our customers and colleagues. It is part of what makes Tesco such a great place to work!

We are the UK's number one retailer and we pride ourselves on offering a great shopping experience. We are passionate about our food, merchandise and services and will always try to get things right for our customers.

But did you know we also offer great job opportunities? With stores, distribution centres and offices across the UK, we have a vast variety of roles and we are always looking for people who have a hunger to work with customers and colleagues across our exciting business. We believe in treating each other with respect and giving everyone an equal opportunity to get on. It's our people that make the difference every day - helping us make a difference for our customers.

We are proud to have an inclusive culture at Tesco where everyone is welcome and truly feels able to be themselves. At Tesco, we not only celebrate diversity, but recognise the value and opportunity it brings to enable us to serve our shoppers a little better every day. We strive to create a workforce that reflects our customers not only here in the UK, but worldwide. Our aim is to attract and welcome a diverse range applicants from all walks of life and we would love to hear from you!

NOTE: Should you be successful in your application, your offer will be subject to and conditional upon you providing your bank account details on your agreed start date.

Application process

Our office application process varies depending on the role and the level of experience needed.

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