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R&D Product Development Manager (Candy)

Full Time, Contract + Milton, ON

Dare Foods Limited, a leading Canadian manufacturer and distributor of quality biscuits, crackers, fine breads, confectionery products, and portable snacks, is seeking a highly motivated and energetic individual with a strong passion for food to join our Dare Foods Ltd at our Milton location.

R&D Product Development Manager (Candy)

As a member of the Research and Development team, this individual will be a hands-on manager overseeing technical members and facilitating the successful delivery of new innovations.  This role reports to Vice President of Sales and dotted line to Director of R&D, working with the marketing to develop and execute our “Made Better” promise with excellence.

Key Responsibilities

  • Product Development with focus on key strategic platform(s)
  • Technical direction and conception on products and feasibility, and support on raw material selection/cost initiatives
  • Plan, organize and support production trials.
  • Oversee and direct on formulation(s) and process development
  • Maintain ownership and leadership of post-commercialization process through the hand-off process (as determined by specification compliance) with Quality Assurance team
  • Provide technical guidance to the cross functional partners on processing operating guidelines (POG) for existing leadership brands
  • Involved in cost saving initiative(s), selection/qualification of alternate raw materials
  • Lead, manage and develop on direct technical report


The successful applicant will have:

  • Post-secondary education: MSc. /BSc. Food Science, Process Engineering, or related discipline.
  • 10 years of experience in the Food Industry
  • Experience managing people
  • Proven knowledge of food development, processing equipment, scale-up and analytical techniques
  • Quality experience and culinary skills would be an asset
  • Proven strong leadership with ability to build high performance team
  • Solid planning, organizational and analytical skills
  • Proven ability to troubleshoot with successful solutions to fit manufacturing capabilities
  • Strong interpersonal, written and verbal communication, and presentation skills
  • Works well in a team environment, with the ability to build strong relationships across departments
  • Ability to adapt to changing priorities
  • Local traveling between facilities (Cambridge and Milton)


We offer a competitive salary and benefits package.  If you are interested in being considered for this position, please apply in writing with a resume and cover letter by May 12, 2023 quoting the appropriate position title to: hrresumes@darefoods.com (.txt, .doc or .pdf formats)

Thank you for your interest in Dare Foods Ltd. and the opportunity to review your resume, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

No follow up inquiries or agencies at this time please

Guided by our Purpose, Mission and Values Dare Foods Limited is committed to fostering a diverse, equitable, inclusive and accessible work environment, where all employees feel valued, respected, supported and proud to work here. 

Dare Foods Ltd. 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.