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Product Developer-Strategic Initiatives

Loblaw Companies Ltd - Head Office

This is a Contract position in Brampton, ON posted January 23, 2023.

Referred applicants should not apply directly to this role.

All referred applicants must first be submitted through Workday by a current Loblaw Colleague.

Location:

1 Presidents Choice Circle, Brampton, Ontario, L6Y 5S5

At Loblaw, we help millions of Canadians get through their best days, worst days, celebration days, and every day. Through our innovation and quality products, we’re here for our friends, neighbours, family members and colleagues.

We succeed through collaboration and commitment and set a high bar for ourselves and those around us.

We’re looking for adaptable people who are thrilled to join us in our goal of helping Canadians Live Life Well®. Whether you are just starting your career, re-entering the workforce, or looking for a new job, this is where you belong. We promote leaders at every level and support our people to follow their passion.

All of our Loblaw control labels and brands make us proud because they follow our philosophy of taking something good and making it better – and that’s what our customers expect when they shop in our stores. It’s been true since the introduction of The Decadent Chocolate Chip Cookie, and it’s still true today, with our PC Blue Menu and PC Organics products.

We market our control label products in the food, health and beauty, apparel and general merchandise categories under brand names that include President’s Choice, PC, No Name, Blue Menu, Joe Fresh, Club Pack, PC Organics, Life Brand and Exact.

Role Mandate:

With a passion for maintaining a distinct and memorable tasting experience for our customers you will re-develop and test existing products and raw ingredients and reap the rewards of seeing your creations on our store shelves.

This role is a key stakeholder in the reformulation process. Working with our regulatory, quality assurance and technical leads you will be responsible for leading the re-development of our control brand products to align with current regulations, all while maintaining the sensory and experience consumers expect. A strong culinary background is required.

This role is responsible for the development of product including technical, formulation and sensory validation. Development is focused on supporting reformulation of current product related to regulatory changes. This role works closely with the Vendors, Product Manager, Regulatory Affairs and Quality Assurance Specialist to identify changes and bring those changes to life through product development. Key to this role: Industry specific manufacturing and production knowledge, the ability to define internal constraints and vendor capabilities and fundamental technical knowledge of assigned categories.

Accountabilities:

  • Work closely with our team of experts to reformulate existing products and ingredients and pass the sensory approval process.
  • Review product portfolio to ensure adherence to regulatory requirements and take steps to optimize portfolio by addressing code date and product performance issues. Make recommendations through the product lifecycle process to optimize existing offering.
  • Work with Product Manager to provide detailed briefs to vendors and clear product development targets and timelines. Work with vendors through all stages of the development process to ensure concept to execution (C2E) targets are met. Work with the Product Development team to ensure brand and project targets are being met and provide clear and directive feedback to vendor to ensure project remains on track and address sidebar concerns
  • Attend plant trials and support first productions in order to optimize the product development process and take corrective actions to ensure products deliver to targets and understand variability of process and work with vendor to develop clear standards including targets and acceptable product ranges
  • On-time management of critical Product Development control points related to project management and contribute to the total team on time delivery through collaboratively managing timelines and taking corrective actions to deliver the overall product plan, while ensuring product standard and targets are met
  • Understand product concept and unique product attributes and overall product context/historical understanding

Role Requirements:

  • Post-secondary university degree 
  • Minimum 4-7 years’ experience in a product development or quality assurance role
  • Minimum 2 years’ experience working in a manufacturing environment
  • Strong technical skills
  • Excellent analytical skills, highly organized and ability to prioritize projects and tasks
  • Advanced understanding and knowledge of product formulations, manufacturing, packaging and testing applications
  • Require basic knowledge of applicable government regulations
  • Excellent oral/written communication skills, interpersonal skills and relationship management
  • Work effectively as an individual with minimal supervision and as a team member
  • Able to influence and interact effectively with all levels at retail/distribution, vendor and office locations
  • Creative problem solving skills
  • Straightforward practical way of thinking about things or dealing with problems
  • Results oriented
  • Travel will be required and will include local, national and international

Loblaw is committed to sustainability by sourcing products with integrity and making a positive difference in the community. Our CORE Values – Care, Ownership, Respect and Excellence – guide all our decision-making and come to life through our Blue Culture. We offer our colleagues progressive careers, comprehensive training, flexibility, and other competitive benefits – these are some of the many reasons why we are one of Canada’s Top Employers, Canada’s Best Diversity Employers, Canada’s Greenest Employers & Canada’s Top Employers for Young People.

Employment Type:

Full time

Type of Role:

Regular

We have a long-standing focus on diversity, equity and inclusion because we know it will make our company a better place to work and shop. We are committed to creating accessible environments for our colleagues, candidates and customers. Requests for accommodation due to a disability (which may be visible or invisible, temporary or permanent) can be made at any stage of application and employment. We encourage candidates to make their accommodation needs known so that we can provide equitable opportunities.    

Please Note:
Candidates who are 18 years or older are required to complete a criminal background check. Details will be provided through the application process.