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Product Specialist (R&D)
Job Posting Category: Experienced Professionals (1+ years)
Career Level: Experienced (Non-Manager)
Industry: Packaged Goods
Job Category: Research & Development
Years Experience: 2-4 Years
Job Type: Full-time
Posting Date: May 27, 2021
Job Location:

Richmond Hill, ON
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Job Description

Rubicon has emerged over three decades of dedication to become a global market leader in exotic juice drinks. The brand offers a delicious range of still classics, 100% juice (no sugar added) in flavours such as Mango, Passion Fruit and Lychee.

Rubicon Canada is looking for an experienced Product Specialist to expand its national reach of our current product offering while supporting the growth of the current portfolio.

In this role as the Product Development Specialist you will be responsible for the development of new products and product improvements for Rubicon Beverages. The role will work directly with the leadership and R&D teams on new product development, production scale up along with daily execution of R&D related lab activities. The Product Specialist will evaluate current and alternative food ingredients, create product recipes and conduct sensory evaluation of new food products to ensure they meet customer needs and requirements for the Canadian marketplace. The participation with cross functional teams will be required to ensure effective resolution of technical issues and support all product innovation.

Responsibilities Include:

Product Development: Developing and formulating new and existing products for the Canadian marketplace. Execute science based technical development and testing of beverage products from concept approval, formulation successfully following up from bench development, sensory testing and line trials.

Research/Ideation: Researching new products, categories, flavors. Identifying emerging trends and applying those to new product offerings.

Product Improvement: Assessing current formulations assessing opportunities for product and/or cost improvements. Modify recipes to meet nutritional/quality specifications and optimize scale up. Provides periodical assistance to QA.

Innovation: Working within the stage gate process the PDM will collaborate with other functional areas (finance/marketing/operations) taking products from ideation to launch.

What we need from you:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Science, Food technology or comparable discipline
  • 2-4 year’s experience in CPG
  • Strong communication and influencing skills
  • Problem solving ability and knowledge of Canadian/US Food regulations
  • Knowledge of the principles, practices and regulations pertaining to food product development and processing.
  • Ability to motivate and collaborate with peers
  • Exceptional project management skills
  • Effective analytical skills & clear messaging
  • Strong sense of business curiosity
  • Proficient computer skills including excel, power point

        This role will be located at the Canadian head office in Richmond Hill, Ontario once the regional lock down has been lifted.

        Enriching the world with an exotic experience!

        We are committed to establishing a qualified workforce that reflects the diverse population it serves and we encourage applications from all qualified individuals. We are also committed to preventing and removing barriers to employment for people with disabilities, and we invite you to inform us should you have any accessibility or accommodation needs.


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