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R&D Specialist, Bakery

R&D Specialist (Bakery)

(Mississauga, Ontario)


  1. Overview
  • Position title:                               R&D Specialist – Bakery
  • Department:                              Research & Development
  • Position title Manager (N+1):   Manager R&D, Bakery
  • Position title direct reports:       N/A
  • Location:                                    Mississauga, Ontario


II.         Mission


Contribute to the financial growth of the Strategic Business Unit Bakery by providing the necessary research and development expertise and assistance to ensure the continued success in sales & product development with new & existing customers.




  • Responsible for food safety, integrity, legality and quality
  • Comply with all local and national food safety and legal requirements
  • Perform all job responsibilities under the strictest guidelines of food safety standards


III.        Key tasks


1) Development of new products and concepts

  • Develop products in line with business development and market needs and in-line with the group innovation plan through active participation in Go/NoGo and stage-gate processes
  • Recommend business opportunities based on market trends, R&D innovations and customer needs
  • Develop tailor-made customer products aligned with business development guidelines and state-gate process.
  • Ensure complete documentation on raw materials, formulations, process parameters, item requests, QC tests, labelling TDS on new or revised products
  • Maintain good IP practices and ensure confidentiality on formulas and know-how


2) Adaptation of existing formulas

  • Cost reduction and productivity programs whilst maintaining performance, including raw material rationalization
  • Align with Regulatory affairs and Marketing to define cleaner label opportunities and regulatory guided formula transitions
  • Pro-actively propose optimization of existing portfolios (SKU reduction, positioning, etc.,)


3) Business Development support to Sales for above mentioned product categories by:

  • Identifying new business opportunities at large customers (prospecting)
  • Detecting products at risk and proposing solutions
  • Making internal and external presentation and seminars explaining benefits of our products
  • Provide customers with technical support and troubleshooting at the plant level in order to ensure the performance of products
  • Participate in strategic exercises, intending to develop our business in the above-mentioned products. This should be based on a good understanding of the local market.


4) Manage accurately all technical administration

  • Ensure complete documentation on raw materials, formulations, process parameters, item requests, QC tests, labelling TDS on new or revised products.
  • Build an accessible project documentation in line with our NPD procedure by using the appropriate tools 
  • Support the Technical Documentation and item control department
  • Maintain good IP practices and ensure confidentiality on formulas and know-how


5) Support Operations and TQM:

  • Support quality issues by providing R&D expertise: root-cause analysis and rework/recuperation recommendations
  • Review on a yearly base with QA/QC the non-conformities and look for optimizations


6) Build expertise & network in specialty area

  • Grow expertise in the product range through training and field experience.
  • Ensure a functional link with the BU specialists at Headquarters
  • Build an active network of high commercial value of customers, machine suppliers, researchers, vendors and the international Puratos R&D community
  • Provide intelligence on innovative raw materials & technologies that can differentiate our products


7) Act with Safety in mind.


8) Food Safety

  • Comply with our food safety procedures upon new raw material selection, product development or modification and sample preparation.
  • Report all food safety and quality issues to immediate Supervisor and / or head of Quality.


9) Responsible for any other assignment given by Manager.

IV.      Back ups


  • Manager
  • R&D Team


V.        Key Internal Relationships


  • All sales channels
  • Marketing and Product Managers
  • All Operations
  • Procurement and Supply Chain
  • BU of product category
  • NA regional R&D
  • Group R&D


VI.       Key External Contacts


  • Customers
  • Suppliers
  • Universities & schools
  • Trade associations


VII.      Requirements


  1. Education           
  • Post-secondary degree, BSc, ideally MSc in food science or related discipline
  1. Experience
  • Minimum of 3 years of experience in food product development / technical sales, ideally in baking industry or ingredients related to the baking and patisserie industry
  • Proficient in MS Office, SAP is an asset
  • Languages: English (French is a benefit)
  1.  Skills & Competencies
  • Excellent written & verbal communication skills
  • Mobility: up to 30% to time
  • Scientific background with a practical aptitude and mindset
  • Ability to analyze details and present hypotheses and plans
  • Takes initiative to lead and manage activities and projects, doesn’t accept the status quo, brings improved processes where needed
  • Dynamic and pro-active personality
  • Multi-task: can work in parallel on different projects – good organizer
  • Business development capacities – customer oriented – strong networker
  • Self-motivated and positive attitude in a changing environment
  • Passion for food – creative 
  • Team player
  1. Attitude
  • Committed to Puratos Group’s values:
    • Collaboration
    • Integrity
    • Passion
    • Quality
    • Courage
    • Vision


VIII.     What Puratos offers:

  • Competitive salary, bonus and benefits
  • Rewarding career and growth potential worldwide
  • Challenges in an excellent international company
  • Fast pace and dynamic working environment
  • Continuous training in management and business principles
  • Be an integral part of a successful and profitable company