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Product Developer, Loblaw Brands

  • Job
    Full-time
    Senior & Expert Level
  • Product
  • Brampton
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AI generated summary

  • You need a university degree, 7-10 yrs exp in product development, 5 yrs exp in manufacturing, technical skills, knowledge of regulations, excellent communication and interpersonal skills, ability to work independently or in a team, problem-solving skills, and willingness to travel.
  • You will develop new products, ensure quality and relevance of existing portfolio, manage timelines and vendor relationships, present to management, attend industry events, and lead teams in a hybrid working environment at Loblaw.

Requirements

  • Post-secondary university degree
  • Minimum 7-10 years experience in a product development or quality assurance role
  • Minimum 5 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
  • Travel will be required and will include local, national and international

Responsibilities

  • Work closely with our team of experts to develop and test new and existing ingredients, develop and finalize recipes and pass the sensory approval process.
  • Develop an understanding current and future food and industry trends. Apply and share this knowledge in the development and planning process.
  • Review product portfolio on an ongoing basis to ensure relevance and best quality in marketplace. As required 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 6r 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
  • Present new products to the Loblaw Brands Management team and to the broader organization to drive understanding of product concept and unique product attributes and overall product context/historical understanding
  • Development of new product specifications and ensure appropriate process controls are in place for the ongoing delivery of product standards
  • Regularly attend relevant trade shows and courses to continuously develop and remain current on the latest trends and technology and functional developments in order to build category knowledge and address potential concept challenges
  • Building and leading diverse teams that foster a workplace of inclusiveness and belonging
  • Loblaw has adopted the following Hybrid working model (a combination of working between the office and remotely). Colleagues will continue working remotely up to 2 days a week, while spending the other 3 days in the office.

FAQs

What qualifications are necessary for this role as a Product Developer for Loblaw Brands?

A strong culinary background, insight into global industry developments and food trends, industry specific manufacturing and production knowledge, the ability to define internal constraints and vendor capabilities, and fundamental technical knowledge of assigned categories are necessary qualifications for this role.

What are the key responsibilities of a Product Developer at Loblaw Brands?

The key responsibilities include developing and testing new and existing raw ingredients, finalizing recipes, working on innovation processes, partnering with vendors, product managers, and category management, establishing specification standards for new products, and ensuring consistency in delivering those standards to customers.

How does a Product Developer contribute to customer-driven market leading innovation?

A Product Developer contributes to customer-driven market leading innovation by using culinary expertise, industry knowledge, and technical skills to develop and test new products, analyze market trends, and work closely with vendors and category management to bring product concepts to life.

At Loblaw, we're developing innovative products and solutions. Our focus is on empowering Canadians to Live Life Well.

Retail & Consumer Goods
Industry
10,001+
Employees
1919
Founded Year

Mission & Purpose

Our Purpose – Live Life Well Loblaw Companies Limited is Canada’s food and pharmacy leader, the nation’s largest retailer, and the majority unit holder of Choice Properties Real Estate Investment Trust. Loblaw – and its portfolio of grocery, health and beauty, financial services and apparel businesses – provides Canadians with an unparalleled mix of value, assortment and convenience, and offers Canadians two of the country’s most recognized brands – President’s Choice and no name. The acquisition of Shoppers Drug Mart, along with the powerful Life Brand and Optimum brand, has only served to reinforce our leadership position in the marketplace. As well, our PC Plus program, omni-channel efforts and multicultural merchandising offerings continued to be points of differentiation for our customer experience. In 2019, Loblaw has been recognized as one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers, Best Diversity Employers by Mediacorp Canada Inc.