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Sr. Specialist, Quality Assurance (12 Month Contract)

  • Job
    Mid & Senior Level
  • Business, Operations & Strategy
  • Brampton
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  • You need a food science degree with 4-7 years of quality leadership experience. Strong understanding of product development, HACCP, GFSI, and Canadian regulations. Excellent problem-solving, communication, and organization skills. Willing to travel locally, nationally, and internationally.
  • You will assess product risks, develop specifications, conduct quality evaluations, address customer complaints, and ensure vendor compliance for successful product launches.


  • University education in food science or other applicable degree
  • 4-7 years related work experience in a food manufacturing environment in a quality leadership role.
  • Solid understanding of the product development process, including specification creation, plant trials, first production events, warranty periods and associated document requirements.
  • Solid understanding of HACCP, GFSI, Quality Management Systems and Canadian Regulations and their application in the food industry.
  • Strong problem-solving skills that are risk based and data driven, to identify root cause and future actions
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills to optimally engage will all levels and team members with minimal direction.
  • Result oriented, passionate about business needs
  • Highly organized with a solid focus on detail and accuracy. Able to effectively prioritize and run multiple projects, tasks, and timelines.
  • Travel is required for the role and varies through the year. Travel may include local, national and international. Requires use of personal vehicle.


  • Must have functional knowledge of product development of finished goods and retail products. Including key understanding of various manufacturing techniques, knowledge of related ingredients and properties in various applications, knowledge of process parameters that impact final product and any applicable industry standards and regulatory requirements.
  • Work with product development and vendor to support the development of technical, accurate and comprehensive manufacturing and finished product specifications which take into consideration vendor operating standards and customer expectations.
  • Provide proficient technical insight to conduct a detailed product risk assessment throughout the projects to ensure that all risks to the performance of the product from a quality and food safety perspective are considered and recommendations are provided to attain a high level of compliance.
  • Work with vendor to conduct appropriate review of ingredient specifications, allergen controls, packaging, operational controls and other applicable validation studies to assess food safety and quality risk mitigations
  • Attend productions events, conduct sample evaluation, review product analysis reports, and customer complaints to ensure product quality consistency, sensory and alignment to specifications to determine vendors capability of a successful launch through the warranty period.
  • Act with pace and efficiency during investigations and ensure timely resolution of customer complaints, trends and non-conformances ensuring that root cause analysis and corrective/preventative actions are implemented.
  • Commitment to promoting a workplace of inclusiveness and belonging


What are the main responsibilities of a Sr. Specialist, Quality Assurance in this role?

The main responsibilities include ensuring product quality compliance, managing food safety, supporting product development and maintenance projects, and serving as the technical expert in ensuring product compliance and specification.

Who does the Sr. Specialist, Quality Assurance work closely with in this role?

The Sr. Specialist, Quality Assurance works closely with control brand product development and management teams, vendors, and other business partners to achieve Loblaw quality strategy and objectives.

What is the duration of the contract for this role?

The contract for the Sr. Specialist, Quality Assurance is for 12 months.

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

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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.