Cecelia Jenkins

Cecelia Jenkins

Cecelia K. Jenkins
(978) 201-9208 ckjenkins@umass.edu

EDUCATION

University of Massachusetts Amherst Amherst, MA

Isenberg School of Management
Master of Business Administration (MBA); candidate May 2022
• Awarded Full MBA Fellowship; Isenberg Alumni and Corporate Relations Team
• GPA: 3.9

Commonwealth Honors College
Bachelor of Arts History, magna cum laude with Interdisciplinary Honors; 2009
• NCAA Honor Society Chi Alpha Sigma; Atlantic 10 and University of Massachusetts Athletics 4.0 Honor Roll
• Women’s Varsity Swim Team Tri-Captain; School record 200 Freestyle Relay
• Study Abroad Program; Trinity College, Oxford University, England; 2008

Cambridge School of Culinary Arts Cambridge, MA
Professional Chef Certificate with Honors; 2011

EXPERIENCE

America’s Test Kitchen (2013-2020) Boston, MA
Senior Editor, Cook’s Country Magazine (2017-2020)
• Managed national magazine content: conceptualized features from market research and consumer pull; led collaborative, multi-team projects in recipe innovation, development, marketing. Audience of 1.3 million print, 420,000 digital subscribers
• Led 6-person team daily in food science research and iterative recipe testing to exacting company standards. Extreme focus on user experience to commercialize recipes: analyzed recipe operations to optimize and customize for consumer variables
• Delivered consistent value, contributed to company reputation as the country’s premiere trusted culinary resource
• Analyzed and implemented post-development external beta-testing to track content with consumer insights; re-engineered recipe construction and design prototypes according to data-driven results and design thinking theory
• Selected by CCO and Editor-in-Chief to feature in, lead creative development of YouTube documentary on company recipe development process, The Test Cook. Contributed to 30% increase in channel views YOY, 77% increase in minutes watched
• Co-produced national American Public Television programs America’s Test Kitchen and Cook’s Country; weekly audience of 2 million, Emmy nominations for Outstanding Culinary Program 2015, 2017, 2018
• Managed all Cook’s Country photography projects, led process improvement for art concept and photoshoot logistics, directed art to convey accurate results and storytelling
• Instructor for New Boston Cooking School 2015 pilot program in partnership with Boston Public Market
• Associate Editor, Test Cook, Cook’s Country Magazine; Assistant Test Cook, Photography Team

Stop & Shop Supermarkets; QVC Retail Group; Hannaford Brothers Company; ChopChop Magazine Boston, MA
Freelance Food Stylist (2014-2017, part-time)
• Consulted with clients; managed all photoshoots to convey marketing intent in both print and digital media advertising

Island Creek Oyster Bar & Restaurant Boston, MA
Utility Player and Chef de Tournant (2011-2013)
• Skillfully performed all savory stations in demanding kitchen awarded TripAdvisor’s #1 Restaurant in Boston (#8 in nation) 2012; Best Upscale Seafood, Boston Magazine 2011, 2012; Food & Wine Magazine, Boston Globe features
• Agile multitasker and problem solver responsible for seasonal marketing mix, consistent quality and health standards

SKILLS

• MS Excel, Access, Word, PowerPoint; Hands-on SQL, Tableau, ERD Plus; Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt Certification
• Project Management, Product Innovation, Product Development, Process Improvement, Design Thinking Theory

ACTIVITIES

• Association for Supply Chain Management; (ASCM, formerly APICS); National Student Member
• Net Impact; MBA Response to Covid, Small Business Strike Team; data integration aiding families with food insecurity
• Graduate Women in Business (GWIB), University of Massachusetts Amherst Student Member
• International Association for Culinary Professionals 2019 National Conference
• Meals on Wheels Community Service Volunteer

All Posts

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Working from home offers you autonomy and flexibility. When you run your own business, you not only have the benefits of being an independent contractor but also the absolute power of being your own boss. However, there are challenges to …

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