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Product Development & Sourcing Specialist

CDS Foods Inc

This is a Full-time position in Etobicoke, ON posted November 20, 2021.

Summary We’re looking for a Product Development & Sourcing Specialist to provide expertise, executing short, mid and long-term projects.

You will be responsible for coordinating and maintaining the day-to-day development procedures for new products.

You will act as an advocate for the customer by placing them at the forefront of all design and decision-making processes.

You will foster a culture of accountability, establishing a sense of integrity that encourages compliance and demonstrates CDS core values throughout the organization.

You will yield smart business results through negotiation, problem solving, analytical skills, and effective prioritization to maximize stakeholder outcomes.

Principal Responsibilities Support execution of sourcing strategy Allocate seasonal developments, in alignment with the long-range sourcing strategy Negotiate product cost with potential vendors, ensuring cost per unit and margin targets are achieved Actively network within the industry, while building supplier relationships Act as the liaison between internal partners and factories for all concerns and inquiries Effectively translate business needs into sourcing requirements as they arise Course correct projects that fall behind schedule.

Communicate a plan for these situations that outlines the actions to be taken, partnering with cross functional teams as required Ensure all product development sourcing projects are executed in a timely manner and comply with all relevant standards, guidelines, and operating procedures Oversee sample costing, tracking processes, and review of all received samples and ensure all specs are followed and samples are signed off prior to purchasing Develop packaging timelines and proof packaging content Coordinate packaging needs Collaborate with others to drive flexible and iterative solutions, quickly and easily Confirm initial order placement with new vendor Communicate and implement process improvement plans at both the vendor and internal product creation team level, sharing best practices and expertise Visit industry trade shows, fairs, and growers as appropriate to gain knowledge and apply to CDS product line Competency Requirements Bachelor’s degree in related field would be an asset Minimum 2 years of product development experience and 2 years in sourcing fresh produce across global markets is strongly preferred Previous experience negotiating product cost knowledgeable of development and sourcing methodologies and techniques, and proven track record of building strong relationships and rapport with growers and factories.

Thorough understanding of pricing strategy and margin expectations Effective planning and objective goal-setting skills along with self-control and commitment to ensure completion of plans and tasks Good knowledge of MS Office Knowledge of Adobe Illustrator (an asset) Experience with ERP (SAP experience preferred) and understanding of data management principles Strong presentation and facilitation skills, interpersonal and communication skills Analytical, organized and process-oriented mindset Demonstrates initiative, ownership of all work, and works well independently Excellent written and verbal communication skills Ability to thrive in an entrepreneurial, fast paced, dynamic environment Great team player and good We offer Attractive compensation package and performance-based bonus program Performance-driven culture with an opportunity to work with passionate people Allowance in support of your professional development Collaborative work environment CDS is an equal opportunity employer.

We do not discriminate in hiring or terms and conditions of employment because of an individual’s race, ancestry, color, place of origin, religion, gender, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, age, disability, sexual orientation, family status or marital status, or any other protected category recognized by provincial or federal laws.