Director of Culinary R&D
Denver, CO
About Nextbite

Nextbite’s mission is to become a trusted partner to restaurants everywhere, offering products and services that help restaurants adapt to changing consumer trends and technology. We pride ourselves in building a team of world-class thinkers and innovators to revolutionize the restaurant industry, empowering our customers to tap into new markets.

Nextbite's leading restaurant technology solution, Ordermark, helps restaurants and virtual kitchens aggregate mobile orders across all the major online ordering service providers into a single dashboard and printer. Paired with this technology, Nextbite serves the fast-growing food on-demand revolution by empowering existing restaurants everywhere to serve more customers and earn more revenue. Nextbite creates delivery-only restaurant concepts with high-quality, chef-inspired menus available through delivery apps. This combined offering helps restaurants increase efficiency and grow profits, creating successful food service across the country.

By joining Nextbite you will have a front row seat to the rapidly changing restaurant landscape and the explosive online ordering industry.  

*Nextbite has implemented a COVID-19 vaccine policy that all staff will be required to follow (with or without reasonable accommodations) in order to perform any in-person job functions or attend any in-person team events. If you have any questions on this policy, we will connect you with the appropriate People Ops team member for answers as we engage in the interview process.

About the Role

We are seeking a Director of Culinary R&D to join our growing team! This person will work closely with the VP of Food Experience (FoodX) to continue refining our Innovation and Enterprise R&D processes to reflect the standard to which we hold our client partners. Because we commit to providing those client partners with world-class support in all areas, especially in the brands and menus that we provide to them, our R&D department must operate at the very highest level. If you are a world-class performer, this is an opportunity to interact directly with some of our largest partners in foodservice while working at one of the fastest-growing companies in the food delivery industry!

The impact you will have:

  • Manage and guide both the Innovation and Enterprise R&D processes, leading a team that a) develops new products in the form of dynamic, creative virtual menus for restaurant partners of all types across North America and b) builds undeniably delicious, craveable menus that live and operate within the parameters of some of the country’s best-loved restaurant chains’ existing menu offerings ... all optimized for delivery
  • Create a model that prioritizes Innovation and Enterprise R&D functions based on demand, dividing and allocating responsibilities between teams to optimize output, both for quantity and quality
  • In collaboration with the VP of FoodX, Nextbite Brand Development department, and Nextbite Executive Leadership team, shepherd the pipeline of new concept ideas from inception to ideation to expression, prioritizing those concepts that show promise for operational excellence, growth, and profitability
  • Represent Nextbite alongside the VP of FoodX at Enterprise pitch and ideation meetings, contributing deep operational and concept expertise in line with the goals and values of those Enterprise-level partners
  • Hold Operational and P&L responsibility for all functions at the R&D and Fulfillment Test Kitchen facilities, actively managing location leadership to optimize performance to goal, continuing to collect impactful data on concepts, operations, and profitability
  • Ensure high levels of collaboration with executive peers by proactively engaging across the organization as the Keeper of the Culinary Concepts
  • Balance Nextbite’s strategic vision against controlling the details of the process, people, tools, and infrastructure
  • Hire/fire responsibility for the R&D team
  • Report performance metrics to the Senior Leadership team
  • Collaborate with departments across the company to build best practices and optimize adoption of technology and systems
  • What you bring to the role:

  • Minimum of 7 years of experience in a range of food service roles, including manufacturing, restaurants, institutional dining, and CPG development
  • Proven track record of team-building and leadership across a range of functional areas
  • Meaningful combination of practical experience and education
  • Nimble, adaptable mindset, willing to pivot at a moment’s notice but able to resist change where warranted by circumstance
  • Collaborative, positive, and appropriate attitude, even under challenging circumstances
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills and the ability to hold fierce conversations that drive candor
  • High degree of professionalism, sound human resource management capabilities, business acumen, energy, and determination
  • Proven organizational skills and ability to set and meet deadlines with quality results
  • Ability to manage the pressures of simultaneously coordinating a wide range of activities and recommending and executing appropriate solutions to a variety of problems
  • Proven passion for recruiting, hiring, and retaining exceptional talent
  • History of making data-driven decisions, both large and small
  • What we offer:

  • A team that has transitioned to remote work impressively, and remains highly collaborative and connected
  • Excellent growth opportunity, and stock options for all full-time employees
  • Medical, dental and vision (90% covered by Ordermark; 50% for dependents) - eligible immediately
  • Unlimited access to dedicated CFP for 1:1 assistance with financial planning: strategic benefits selection, understanding your equity compensation, investments, paying down student loan debt, purchasing a home, estate planning & more. (plus optional tax filing for only $199).
  • Unlimited PTO and paid company holidays
  • 401k - eligible immediately
  • $60/month reimbursement for online-ordered meals
  • Bonusly - a team recognition platform with fun rewards
  • We pride ourselves in having a team that promotes diversity, inclusion, leadership, mindfulness, high initiative, energy and passion.
  • ___________

    Nextbite participated in Techstars, Boulder in Spring 2018, and has raised $150 million. We are headquartered in Los Angeles, and are looking to significantly grow our team while continuing to reach restaurants and consumers across the country.

    Our team is made up of people from diverse backgrounds, collaborating daily across time zones. We believe cross-pollination is one of the best ways to foster community and new ideas. For that reason we encourage people from all backgrounds to apply to any of our positions.

    Thank you for your interest in Nextbite - we’re reviewing impressive candidates every day, and will do our best to reach out to you as quickly as possible!

    Working at Nextbite

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    Alex Canter

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    Top 5% of Similar Sized Companies on Comparably


    Reviews from current employees

    Everyone is extremely helpful when I have questions
    Being able to help others out that are frustrated
    Their compassion for us to succeed

    Diversity at Nextbite

    Top 20%

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    Top 20%

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    Perks and Benefits

    Health & Wellness
    Dental Insurance
    Vision Insurance
    Health Insurance
    Life Insurance
    Paid Time Off
    PTO / Vacation Policy
    Paid Holidays
    Maternity / Paternity Leave
    Financial Benefits
    401K / Retirement Plan
    Employee Stock Purchase Plan
    Office Perks
    Company Social Outings
    Work From Home Policy
    Unique Office Space
    Free Food


    eNPS Score

    Nextbite's Employee Net Promoter Score (eNPS) is 62, as rated by 156 employees. This means 72% of Nextbite employees would encourage their friends to become coworkers today.

    5 Cool Reasons to Work at Nextbite

    1. Most of our roles are remote-first, offering flexibility that meets your schedule and geographic needs
    2. Culture that is ranked in the top 15% of comparable startups across the nation.
    3. Engaged leadership that meets with the company for weekly stand-ups, monthly updates, and quarterly Q&As.
    4. A CEO who was featured on Forbes 30 Under 30 for his innovative product & vision of improving restaurant tech.
    5. Accelerated career growth for top performing employees. Ordermark + Nextbite love to promote from within!