Applied R&I Director

Vancouver, BC

Posted: 09/12/2018 Industry: Laboratory - Industrial Chemicals Job Number: 403.18B TS Pay Rate: 100,000 - 150,000

Applied R&I Director

Reporting to the R&I Senior Director, you will lead the Applied R&I team at company to support product innovation through ensuring the technical viability of new company products.  You will directly contribute to the technical viability and competitiveness of existing company products by leading product improvement and efficiency initiatives.

You take Research and Innovation seriously while having fun at work with the team!  You value integrity, you are an effective communicator, you take ownership, show initiative and leadership in everything you do and are performance driven.  You not only love the culture but contribute to it.  Key responsibilities include:

  • The Applied R&I team is responsible for the following:
    • Reformulation of current products to support cost saving initiatives, supply interruptions, and QA initiatives
    • Sensory evaluation program
    • Specification development: testing specs, density, particle size, pH, etc.
    • Testing method validation
    • Stability program development
    • Shipping conditions validation
    • Packaging validation
    • Ingredient qualification
    • Formula management system
    • Certifications: Non-GMO Project Verification, Vegan Action, USDA Organic, NSF Sport, and Informed Choice
  • The Applied R&I Director will lead and support the Applied R&I team by:
    • Holding weekly One on One meetings with the Applied R&I team members
    • Ensuring that the Applied R&I team is aligned on deliverables and timelines to support product improvement projects
    • Participating and contributing to the R&I strategic plan
  • The Applied R&I Director will directly lead product improvement and cost saving initiatives on beverage, supplement, and nutritional bar products through formula optimization, ingredient sourcing, commercialization, and testing validation
  • The Applied R&I Director will support the procurement team in resolving supply constraints through sourcing efforts and reformulation
  • The Applied R&I Director will collaborate with various internal departments including; Procurement, Production, Marketing, QA, and Regulatory to ensure the commercial viability of new and/or improved products

**If you’d like to hear more about this opportunity and others we are currently working on, please contact Tamra Sanders at

JO:  403.18TS




  • Minimum Bachelor of Science degree in biology, chemistry, biochemistry, and/or food science
  • Master’s degree in biology, chemistry, biochemistry, and/or food science an asset
  • 5-10 years of experience in a relevant role in the food industry or the natural health product / dietary supplement industry
  • Hands on experience in the formulation and commercialization of food products or natural health products / dietary supplements
  • Familiar with the Canadian Food & Drug Acts and Regulation and FDA regulations for Food and Dietary Supplements (DSHEA)
  • Proficient in Microsoft Outlook, Word, and Excel
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Excellent organizational and leadership skills
  • Ability to work with and lead cross-functional teams
  • Must be able to travel to the US on short notice

**If you’d like to hear more about this opportunity and others we are currently working on, please contact Tamra Sanders at

JO:  403.18TS


Tamra Sanders
Sr. Technical Recruiter

Tamra Sanders

Sr. Technical Recruiter/Food and Beverage 

Specialties: All Food and Beverage Industries positions including: Product Development, Research, Sensory, Nutrition, Culinary, Flavorist, Applications, Analytical, Regulatory, Quality Assurance, Technical Service, Ingredients, and B2B Ingredient Sales.

Experience: I have 10+ years of experience in recruiting and the last 5 years in Food and Beverage. I partner with small and big Food and Beverage companies (CPG and Ingredient) throughout the US helping them secure GREAT employees.


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