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Product Development Associate-Stouffville

Job Category: Full Time

Seeking a passionate foodie with culinary expertise who enjoys cooking on the creative edge; bursting with ideas for new ready-to-eat meals, sauces and foods; full of enthusiasm to create products that will be the next big thing!  Full Time: 40 hrs/wk,  Compensation: $18-$20/hr


  • Completion of post secondary school education in Food Sciences, Culinary, Home Economics, trade certification, or related field and/or Degree in food product management, food technology or a related subject
  • Certified for food product handling and ability to grasp sterilisation and preservation processes
  • 1-2 years experience food manufacturing industry. Specifically in food product development with an understanding of recipe development and commercialization of new products
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Ability problem solve; manage and prioritize multiple projects/tasks (strong time management & organizational skills); meet deadlines; and make decisions
  • A strong culinary background with insight on food and consumer trends
  • Expert knowledge/understanding of food ingredients, functionality, and nutrition
  • Candidates must exhibit a keen interest in developing unique food and related products
  • Must be creative and innovative thinking, with a passion for food, a solid palette and sensory skills
  • Poses a Business/Commercial acumen to develop products within target costs
  • The position requires a quick learner to familiarize with equipment set-up and capabilities

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Follow Good Manufacturing Practices to ensure the consistent delivery of quality and safe products to our customers
  • Manage confidential recipe portfolio
  • Make current products
  • Investigate and recommend new ingredients
  • Troubleshoot/improve existing workflow systems to maximize company resources, improve product quality, and implement new production techniques
  • Stay ahead of consumer taste trends
  • Coordinate production schedule to ensure samples can be produced without impacting regular production runs
  • Develop and create new innovative ready-to-eat meals and food products that will be exclusive to the company from conception through to commercialization, while maintaining the premium quality of the brand and its existing product line
  • Estimate food requirements and labour costs
  • Develop recipe formulations using company processes and production techniques
  • Create product samples, solve issues on initial products
  • Analyze results from sample runs and develop reports based on taste, texture, shaping, functionality, weight, size, and cost analysis based on production details
  • Ensure recipes, specifications and packaging techniques are followed
  • Able to deal with customers regarding product inquiries
  • Experience with Rational oven an asset

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