Product Developer

Location: Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
Date Posted: 07-04-2018


Considering a Career at Maple Leaf Foods?

Maple Leaf Foods is Canada’s leading consumer-packaged protein company, headquartered in
Toronto, Ontario. We make high-quality, great tasting, nutritious and innovative food products under leading brands including Maple Leaf®, Maple Leaf Prime®, Maple Leaf Natural Selections®, Schneiders®, Schneiders Country Naturals® and Mina™. Our Company employs approximately 11,000 people in its operations across Canada and exports to more than 20 global markets including the U.S. and Asia.

Our people are passionate about the work they do and the products we make. As we move forward, we are determined to leverage their integrity and passion to continue to build a high-performing, values-based company enabled by high-performing, motivated and talented people.


The Product Developer position will appeal to individuals who enjoy the challenge of participating in the creation and execution of new and improved products. The individual will need to be self-motivated, team oriented, enjoy a fast-paced environment, dogged in their pursuit of the end goal, and capable of bringing creative approaches to the resolution of the broad array of challenges with which they will be confronted. He or she must also enjoy the hands-on nature of the job that will require involvement in both pilot and plant activities. A passion for food science and technology, with an ability to use Science and Technology to problem solving will be important.


  • Coordinates product development through all stages of development; concept to bench-top prototype development, pilot plant and full scale manufacture in support of new products and /or product renovations
  • Conduct assessment of problematic product issues and work as part of a team to resolve the technical problems.
  • Develops product costs and Bills of Materials
  • Participates in cross functional teams responsible for projects
  • Reviews and documents raw ingredients, formulations and final product specifications for the purpose of maintaining accurate records and to ensure compliance with Regulations and Company standards
  • Ensures Regulatory compliance of products by interfacing with Regulatory Affairs
  • Consults and provides direction to internal customers (i.e. Purchasing/Marketing/Manufacturing/Quality Assurance) by communicating information for product improvements and/or cost savings initiatives
  • Participates in product sensory trials using internal and external panels
  • Develops Standard Operating Procedures for products within their responsibility
  • Independently develops project work plans in order to execute projects efficiently
  • Consults technical resources (literature, technical papers, academia) to further product knowledge and apply the learning to execute projects.
  • Conducts competitive reviews to assist in identifying opportunities
  • Assists with identification and development of ideas for technology improvements / cost savings
  • Prepares and presents technical reports/results, both written and oral, to associates, peers and management
  • Maintains current knowledge by reading and disseminating relevant information from academic and trade literature
  • Interfaces with and leverages the supplier and academic community to achieve project goals
  • Maintains project files to ensure collection and transfer of learning and knowledge as well as eligibility for Income Tax Credits
  • Post-secondary education in Food Science or a related Science discipline
  • Minimum of 3 years’ experience in Product Development, Operations or Quality Control, preferably in red meat or poultry
  • Computer proficiency in MS Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Good written and verbal communication skills
  • 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
  • Ownership of a vehicle and willingness to travel, mostly Southern Ontario but potentially out of province
  • Use of pilot plant equipment
  • Exposure to manufacturing environments for periodic extended work days that can include: loud noise, heat, cold, wet and slippery conditions
  • The ability to move safely and freely around machinery in both manufacturing and pilot plants

We thank all applicants for their interest in exploring employment opportunities with Maple Leaf Foods however only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Applicants may be subject to a background check and must meet the security criteria designated for the position.  

Maple Leaf Foods is committed to Employment Equity and maintaining a diverse workforce.  Job applicants with a disability who require reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process can contact our Talent Attraction Team at  Reasonable accommodations will be determined on a case-by-case basis and your request will be responded to as soon as possible.
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