Senior Product Development Specialist (Contract)

Iovate is a dynamic, leading-edge nutrition company that delivers some of the highest quality, most innovative and effective active nutrition and weight management products in the world.  Each of our Brands are committed to biology, science, and their own culture to assist customers in reaching their goals.

Iovate – Commited to a higher standard


  • Collaborate with the Insights team/ Brand/ Sales to develop new best-in-class supplements and renovate existing formulas based on customer and/or internal feedback (i.e. supply, legal, regulatory)
  • Research and identify optimal ingredients for new and/or existing formulations to include inactive and active raw materials
  • Create and perfect recipes with contract manufacturers and ensure best quality, consistency/texture
  • Track status of all technical projects, including change controls and new product launches
  • Provide leadership/guidance to colleagues in navigating the various aspects of concept development right through to quality release of finished goods
  • Evaluate manufacturing processes by studying product requirements, draft formula, and testing manufacturing methods, production flow and production equipment at the co-manufacturers
  • Support current raw material sourcing and secondary sourcing with technical material review and evaluation
  • Work with Manufacturers for running Pilot trials and documenting critical control parameters required to successfully scale-up production
  • Work with Manufactures for scaling up pilot to production. Assure product and process quality by analyzing manufacturing methods, testing finished product and process capabilities, establishing standards, and confirming manufacturing processes
  • Work with Quality Assurance to ensure Product specifications (physical, chemical, micro, heavy metals) prior to completing final formula/ PD brief documentation to support product launch
  • Support legal/compliance and brand team in product claim development and substantiation
  • Work with regulatory affairs to ensure formula compliance in all applicable markets and correct supplement facts prior to completing final PDB and labels to expedite product launch
  • Manage and monitor stability for products prior to launch
  • Review and sign-off Product Labels
  • Coordinate sensory evaluations to ensure the final formula meets or exceeds organoleptic expectations
  • Monitor competitive innovation as a basis for strategic product comparison/recommendations
  • Maintain working knowledge of new and innovative trends on different product applications
  • Establish and maintain professional and amicable business relationships between Iovate and external partners.
  • Develop close working relationships with cross functional departments (QA, Purchasing, Operations, Sales, Marketing, Manufacturing)
  • Maintain knowledge of regulatory and customer requirements
  • Keep the business up-to-date on new ingredients/technologies/product formats
  • Effectively represent R&D in internal weekly meetings
  • Other role related duties as assigned

Experience & Skillset:

  • BS/MS in food science, chemistry, biology, pharmaceutical, or related field required
  • Minimum 3-5 years product development experience.
  • Knowledge of Food & Supplement regulations (including DSHEA, FD&C Act Section 21 CFR 111) is preferred
  • Ability to objectively review the primary and secondary scientific literature to help support ingredient or product efficacy and safety is preferred
  • Ability to deal with complex problems with many variables
  • Meticulous attention to detail.
  • Ability to produce high quality work with limited supervision.
  • Ability to travel to the US/CA on short notice
  • Proactive and able to continuously manage change in an extremely fast paced, energetic work environment with ability to manage both short term needs and long-term department initiatives
  • Outstanding communication, problem-solving skills and organizational skills
  • Proficient in the use of MS Office Suite

What We Offer:

  • World class gym, fitness classes and external basketball court
  • Community involvement through charitable events
  • Competitive compensation package
  • 100% Group Health & Dental Coverage
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Company RRSP Matching
  • Paid vacation & 5 personal days
  • Employee Engagement Events
  • Subsidized Café
  • Product & Swag from our industry leading brands
  • Professional career development
  • Opportunities for Global career exposure without the need to relocate!