Menu Strategy & Ops Implementation Specialist

LOCATIONS: Irvine

Taco Bell is instituting a COVID-19 vaccination mandate for health and safety reasons. Effective January 3, 2022, Taco Bell requires that corporate employees are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment, subject to reasonable accommodation as required by law.

Who is Taco Bell?

Taco Bell Corp., a subsidiary of Yum! Brands, Inc. (NYSE: YUM), is the world’s largest Mexican-inspired quick service restaurant (QSR) brand. From breakfast to late night, Taco Bell serves customizable tacos,burritosand quesadillas, among othercraveablechoices like theCrunchwrapSupreme®and Nacho Fries. Taco Bell offersa wide variety ofplant-based menu itemsand was the first QSR brand to offer American Vegetarian Association (AVA)-certified menu items.

Taco Bell and its more than 350 franchise organizations proudly serve over 42 million customers each week through over 7,000 restaurants, as well as through its mobileanddesktoptouchpointsandviadelivery ordering services. Internationally, Taco Bell has over 600 restaurants, with plans to add 2,000 more restaurants in the next decade.Much of Taco Bell’s everlasting appeal with its fans and legendary connection in lifestyle culture are rooted incutting-edge, buzzy marketing campaigns. From helicoptering 10,000 Doritos Locos Tacos to residents of remote Bethel, Alaska, to selling out “The Bell Hotel”—aTaco Bell-themed resort hotel—in less than two minutes, the brand continues to pushindustryboundaries.

Taco Bell is equally focused on creating a positive impact on the world in fresh ways through Food, People and Planet initiatives. One example is through supporting theTaco Bell Foundation, which encouragesrestaurant team membersand fansto pursuetheireducationalpassions through programs such as the Live Más Scholarship.According to Harris Poll, Taco Bell has been named America’s Best Mexican-Food Restaurant for two back-to-back years and has been named “Most Innovative Company” byFast CompanyandtoppedEntrepreneur’s“Franchise 500”listfor two years in a row.

About the Job:

Taco Bell is known for being at the forefront of menu innovation in the restaurant industry and even the business world. A big key to our success is built on strong fundamentals and bringing that innovation to life with great execution inside our restaurants. As a Specialist on the Menu Operations Team, you will be responsible for design validation and operational testing of new menu initiatives; LTOs, events, digital offers, etc. – ensuring all align with brand strategy and are ready for launch across the system. This role will partner heavily with cross-functional teams like Marketing, Finance, Supply Chain, Food Innovation, and Training from ideation to rollout, focusing on operational excellence and ease.

The ideal candidate for this role will be one that exhibits strong strategic thinking, proven project management skills, flexible communication styles, and a passion for collaboration to bring our biggest menu initiatives to life.

Lastly, this person must enjoy mixing work with fun! Taco Bell is very proud of our exciting and innovative culture and is seeking individuals that truly enjoy coming to work each day!

The Day-to-Day:

  • Create, manage, and deliver against project timelines on calendar and digital offer initiatives.
  • Analyze complex ideas quickly and accurately to determine feasibility for execution.
  • Ensure new menu items and ingredient procedures are designed to Taco Bell Standards, enabling great Team Member and Customer experiences.
  • Partner with the Training and Integration teams to produce training materials and engagement plans for all testing and national launches.
  • Regular cadence of communication with field leaders and restaurants to get feedback and identify process improvements from start to finish for all tests.
  • Solicit and present program feedback throughout testing and use findings to make necessary adjustments for optimal national execution.

Is This You?

  • Must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, subject to reasonable accommodations. Proof of vaccination required.
  • Bachelor’s Degree preferred
  • Minimum 3+ years experience in Operations and/or strategic program implementation-specific role
  • Restaurant Operations knowledge/experience, Franchise/Field Operations experience a plus
  • Self-motivated, proactive solution-oriented and adapts easily to change
  • Able to flex different communication styles for all audiences, strong presentation skills
  • Proven ability to multi-task and prioritize in a deadline-driven environment
  • Open to domestic travel 10-20% of the time
  • Experience with PowerPoint & Excel
  • Ideal candidate will be based in or relocate to Irvine, CA

Why Taco Bell?

We truly believe that where you work matters, and we know a thing or two about what makes employees happy. Join us on our mission of feeding people’s lives with más!

Work-Hard, Play-Hard:

  • Year-round Flex day Fridays
  • Free snacks, drinks and bagel & donut Fridays
  • Onsite childcare through Bright Horizons
  • Onsite dining center and game room (yes, there is a Taco Bell inside the building)
  • Onsite dry cleaning, laundry services, carwash, Booster gas delivery
  • Onsite gym with fitness classes
  • 4 weeks of vacation per year plus holidays and time off for volunteering
  • Tuition reimbursement and education benefits
  • Discounts for life’s adventures (ex: theme parks, wireless plans, etc.)
  • Generous parental leave for all new parents and adoption assistance program
  • Opportunity to taste test new products
  • 401(k) with a 6% matching contribution fromYum! Brands with immediate vesting
  • Comprehensive medical and dental including prescription drug benefits and 100% preventive care
  • Healthcare and dependent care flexible spending accounts
  • Opportunities to support the Taco Bell Foundation’s educational initiatives and programs.
  • Recognition based culture and unique, fun events year round (recess at work, Halloween Spooktacular, employee art show benefiting Taco Bell Foundation, etc.)

*Please note that some perks/amenities may not be available and/or may be modified at the Company’s sole discretion during the COVID-19 temporary work-from-home period.

Benefits at Yum!

Most of the employee programs and benefits are applicable in the U.S. Internationally, benefits are tailored by market and role. Check with your hiring team to see which ones apply to your job in your market.