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Sr. R&D Manager 1


Ancaster, ON, CA, L9G 3L1

L9G 3L1
Job Type:  Food Science
L9G 3L1

Aspire Bakeries is a North American baking company with a leadership position in specialty frozen baked goods. Formed from leading bakery companies, its innovative food portfolio includes breads, artisan breads, buns, cookies, donuts, muffins and pastries from beloved brands like La Brea Bakery®, Otis Spunkmeyer®, and Oakrun Farm Bakery®. With 13 bakeries in North America, we are committed to driving innovation, predicting upcoming consumer trends and flavors, and exceeding our customers’ expectations. Aspire Bakeries champions the values of Integrity, Ownership, Customer Focus, Creativity and Care to help us deliver on People Safety, Food Safety, Quality and Collaboration.


  1. Develops rapport with key customers and dedicated to the team so the best understanding of needs and project requests are communicated clearly
  2. Assists direct reports in planning and executing timelines in concert with the needs of customers and in line with current internal and external capabilities
  3. Responsible for helping ensure a seamless transition and sustainable quality of product from bench top to manufacturing to customer merchandising channels. 
  4. Demonstrates a strong passion for food and innovation
  5. Consults on and/or manages department projects including product development, process improvements, special projects and technical innovation improvements
  6. Works in conjunction with Operations team and Director R&D/C to identify and/or develop new technologies.
  7. Delegates work assignments, gives authority to work independently, provides recognition for results.
  8. Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner, gather and analyses information skilfully, develops alternative solutions.
  9. Pursues training and development opportunities; strives to continuously build knowledge and skills; shares expertise with others
  10. Responsible for the day-to-day operation of themselves and team. Able to work without significant direction.
  11. Adherence to NPD/BRC guidelines/GMPs
  12. Maintains high level of knowledge base regarding market trends and new ingredient opportunities through attending industry seminars, continuing education, trade shows, industry periodicals, and professional technical/culinary associations.
  13. Conducts Product Ideation sessions in support of new platform growth, both blue-sky innovation and at customer request.
  14. Demonstrates expertise in R&D equipment use and settings.
  15. Demonstrates expertise in running line trials and working with plant personnel.
  16. Communicates with project managers to accurately maintain data through commercialization process
  17. Knowledge of Aspire Bakeries product offerings in those fields of development responsibility.
  18. Other duties as assigned.


Skills, Experience & Qualifications

  • AA/BA/BS in Food Science or related field required; MS preferred.  Additional culinary education preferred
  • 3 to 5 years working as an industrial food developer required.  Additional culinary development experience preferred.
  • Expert grasp of English (verbal and written) required.  Fluency in Spanish preferred.
  • Proficient knowledge of:
    • Skilled at Microsoft Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, Excel.
    • Knowledgeable of SAP and Genesis.
    • Understanding of OEC Graphics, Discovery, SharePoint, etc.
  • Domestic travel up to 50% of time.  Occasional international travel.
  • Sound basic math skills required (addition, subtraction, division, multiplication, ease with fractions and decimals).
  • Ability to read and understand a basic formula.

We thank each applicant for taking the time and effort to submit your resume, however, only candidates to be interviewed will be contacted. Our organization is committed to promoting the independence, dignity, integration, and equality of opportunity of persons with disabilities by ensuring the accessibility of our facilities and services. Accommodations are available for all parts of the recruitment and selection process. Applicants need to make their required accommodations known in advance.