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Jobs-Dare Foods Limited-Director RD Technical Services-051716

(posted 05/17/2016)

Job Title:
Director, R&D and Technical Services

Dare Foods Limited2481 Kingsway Dr.KitchenerOntarioN2G4G4Canada

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Job Description:

Dare Foods Limited, a leading Canadian manufacturer and distributor of quality biscuits, crackers, fine breads, confectionery products, and portable snacks, is seeking a Director of R&D and Technical Services, based in our Kitchener, Ontario Head Office. 

Reporting to the VP of Marketing & Technical Services, this position champions all R&D efforts. Scope includes product renovation to ensure base business relevance, leadership to support our innovation agenda and support to the Operations team in our cost journey.

A change leader of people and process, this role builds a strategic vision, sets the agenda and ensures strength of execution to deliver short-term and long-term results and a discipline in the area of budgeting. The role balances a need to be strategic and disciplined while valuing speed and nimbleness.

As a motivator and coach, the Director of R&D will lead a team of direct reports in product development, sensory and regulatory affairs.  

Minimum Requirements:

Key Responsibilities:

  • Direct all aspects of R&D department
  • Lead development of both short-term & long-term strategic direction of R&D function ensuring the right capabilities to support the organization’s profitable growth
  • Drive R&D accountability, consistency, quality & process standardization
  • Work with the Marketing and Innovation teams and lead R&D to execute our Made Better promise with excellence through:
    • Key innovation projects, including product &  packaging
    • Renovation projects to continuously improve relevance of base food
  • Work with Purchasing &  Manufacturing to deliver cost savings & product improvements
  • Lead the internal management of budgets &  cost centres
  • Manage, motivate, coach & develop the R&D team
  • Attend & support plant trials & production runs of key initiatives
  • Play an active role in the Innovation Steering Committee, Project Review & monthly Marketing & R&D team meetings
  • Travel periodically to other Dare manufacturing sites in North America

Additional Requirements:


  • Recognized as an expert in R&D with 10+ years of experience in consumer packaged foods, ideally with significant bakery and candy experience
  • 5+ years of demonstrated people leadership, including coaching and development
  • Ideally a degree in food science (or equivalent) with a strong culinary background
  • History of wins through superior product development, in both base business and innovation; proven results in managing multi-brand/category development work
  • Experience in manufacturing environments, with an understanding of food safety and good manufacturing practices
  • Excellent analytical, problem solving, communication and presentation skills
  • Innovative thinker and creative problem solver
  • Able to build strong relationships and influence with key stakeholders at all levels
  • Experience managing a significant budget
  • Outstanding sensory skills
How to Apply:

How to Apply: We offer a competitive salary and benefits package. If you are interested in being considered for this position, please apply in writing, quoting the appropriate position title, to (attachments in Word or PDF format).

We are committed to fostering an inclusive, accessible work environment, where all employees feel valued, respected and supported. Dare Foods will provide accommodation for applicants with disabilities as part of its recruitment process. If you are contacted to arrange for an interview or testing, please advise us if you require an accommodation.


Listing Submitted by: Dave Uez


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