About Greenleaf Foods, SPC Headquartered in Elmhurst, IL, Greenleaf Foods, embraces a strong, values-based culture, where dedicated employees take pride in doing what’s right for consumers, customers and communities. Employees thrive in an engaging, open and inclusive workplace that fosters safety and transparency, along with individual leadership and responsibility. Each Greenleaf team member has a voice and plays an active role in helping all of us achieve our goals with passion and discipline. They support one another to grow professionally, to learn new skills and to take on challenging experiences in the spirit of continuous improvement. Greenleaf Foods, SPC is committed to shaping the future of plant-based foods. Established in 2018, Greenleaf's portfolio of leading plant-based protein brands includes Lightlife Foods and Field Roast Grain Meat Co. Greenleaf is a wholly-owned, independent subsidiary of Maple Leaf Foods. In Q4 of 2020, Greenleaf is opening an Innovation Center to centralize, support and drive it’s innovation agenda. The Opportunity:
At Greenleaf Foods, we know that accelerating growth in the plant protein category is critical to realizing our vision to become The Most Sustainable Protein Company on Earth. Integrating new food technologies, world-class product designs and winning with best-tasting products, is imperative to achieving this vision as we strive to delight our consumers and strengthen our leadership position.
We are on a journey to hire individuals with great technical and commercial acumen to be part our amazing R&D family who share our passion for food and its impact on our lives and planet. As such, we are seeking a Product Developer to innovate, develop and commercialize great tasting, plant-based protein products. This role will be based out in Mississauga, ON.
The position of Product Developer will appeal to individuals who enjoy the challenge of participating in the creation and execution of new and improved products. This position will be leading R&D work through all stages of development with bench work, pilot plant and manufacturing to deliver on the Innovation & Renovation business goals. This role will appeal to individuals who enjoy the challenge of leading in the creation, improvement and execution of vegan products. The incumbent will leverage critical and technical thinking and scientific skills to bring together consumer needs and product possibilities into winning, and creative innovation. The individual will need to be self- motivated, team oriented and enjoy a fast-paced environment that enable us to deliver innovative and creative products that allow for our competitive intensity within this category. A passion for food science and technology together with the ability to translate theory to practice are critical to be successful in this position.
A snap shot of some of the exciting things you will lead and do:
Co-ordinate, plan, design and execute product development through all stages of development; concept to bench-top prototype development, pilot plant and full-scale manufacturing in support of the business initiatives.
Review and document raw ingredients, formulations and finished product specifications to maintain accurate records and ensure compliance with Company standards.
Use SAP RD to maintain product formulations and work instructions to support the end-to end product commercialization process.
Consult and provide direction to internal customers (i.e. Purchasing/ Marketing/ Manufacturing/ Quality Assurance) by communicating information for product improvements and/or cost savings initiatives.
Conduct assessment of problematic product issues and work as part of a team to resolve the technical problems and execute the development/modification of products
Consult technical resources (literature, technical papers, academia, suppliers) to further product knowledge and apply the learning to execute projects.
Prepare and present technical reports/results, both written and oral, to associates, peers and occasionally to management with business and scientific clarity.
Some travel required
Other duties as assigned
What you will bring:
BS, MS or PhD in Food Science, Food Engineering or related field
Minimum of 3 years of experience in Product Development - preferably in plant protein or meat science.
Functionally competent in MS Office programs
Strong communication: interpersonal, presentation, oral and written
Outstanding organizational skills & ability to coordinate multiple projects and assignments
Must enjoy and thrive in a fast-paced environment
Flexibility of schedule – schedule may require various start times due to plant trials and start ups
Prior exposure to Manufacturing plant and Pilot plant operations or Quality Control preferred
Highly motivated, critical problem solver, results oriented, performance driven and easily adapts to change
Our Leadership Values Eight core values guide us in everything that we do.