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Senior Director - Menu Strategy & Innovation

Louisville, KY, USA | Papa John's International, Inc.

  • Industry:
    Hospitality, Travel, & Leisure
  • Position Type:
  • Functions:
    General Management
  • Experience:
    7-10 years
Job Description:
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Develop short and long-term menu strategies and build a robust new product pipeline that successfully meets evolving guest needs and drives the Papa John's business objectives and brand affinity. Partners with Marketing and Cross Functional Teams to bring new products forward to the National Marketing Calendar by adhering to Stage Gate and New Product Development processes.

Leads Papa John's US menu evolution and strategy, pipeline development and validation.

Develops strategies and innovative solutions, with keen focus on consumer and business impact. Results focused leader that successfully manages long term vision with short term in-market execution.

Drive menu insights and trends and competitive menu intelligence to determine implications for Papa John's and recommend strategic and tactical responses.

Partners with culinary team and vendor partners to conduct innovation sessions and manage innovation processes to assure valuable output.

Plan and Execute all new product research such as concept screening, product focus groups, Sensory testing and ad-hoc research as needed and assure proper/relevant cross-functional communication of insights/learnings.

Partner with Marketing to drive recommendations for new product testing and national marketing calendar integration.

Cultivate an in-depth understanding of Papa John's consumer.

Highly skilled at building collaborative, high performing, cross-functional teams.

Engage cross-functional partners at all levels, such as Marketing, IDS, Restaurant Operations, Supply Chain, and Finance to identify and address all new product project-related needs.


7-10 yrs in restaurant industry/consumer research/marketing/advertising.

7+ years in marketing/advertising with an emphasis on the food service industry and experience with product development, product branding, and project management.

Bachelor's Degree; Preferred: Bachelor's Degree and/or MBA in Marketing

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