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Position Title: Manager Product Development 

Position Type: Regular - Full-Time ​

Position Location: Appleton 

Requisition ID: 13974 



Product Development Manager, Branded & Private-Label Appetizer Portfolio – Americas R&D


“We bring enjoyment to people’s lives through great tasting food.” This statement underpins everything we do at McCain Foods. Our Canadian family-owned business is a trusted brand in over 160 countries around the globe. It’s not just about the food we make, it’s about how we conduct ourselves in every aspect of our business. From farmer and customer relationships to sustainable agricultural processes – we strive to make every element of our business good.


If you are a creative and passionate individual who is interested in building a career within R&D and are interested in working for a family owned business, then there is a place for you at our table.

The Product Development Manager is responsible for leading the PD team.  This team develops, renovates and commercializes our branded appetizer Food Service, and private-label retail product portfolios.  The product portfolio is sold across the U.S., Canada and into export markets such as Japan and Australia.  Experience with people management, innovation management, product design and scale-up.  


Core Accountabilities:


  • In partnership with marketing partners, identify and deliver the innovation and renovation pipeline to enable double-digit growth of our appetizer business.
  • Develop pipeline of early-stage concepts and prototypes, in partnership with Marketing and Culinary teams.  This job will require understanding of initial concept & prototype design, Design-of-experiment (DOE) development, and manufacturing scale-up utilizing lab and pilot plan scale.
  • Identify product propositions against consumer trends and turn them into mass market offerings while leveraging the operational network of internal manufacturing and external partners.
  • Create/manage McCain branded concepts from ideation to full commercialization utilizing the Stage Gate process and through partnership with business development teams.
  • Develop and coach direct team and other members of the broader R&D team.
  • Connect internationally with peer teams in Europe, Asia and Australia to share ideas, pipeline and best practices.
  • Manage customer expectations in relation to new product development, while ensuring customer satisfaction for delivery.




  • Bachelor’s degree in Food Science or Food Engineering, Master’s Degree preferred.
  • 10 years of relevant experience in the Food and Beverage industry with a minimum of 3 years of managerial or supervisory experience.
  • Record of having led transformative initiatives, demonstrating an ability to influence the business to achieve positive results.
  • Candidates must have hands on approach; demonstrate a strong intellect and proficient skills in communications, combined with a drive to deliver results.
  • Ability to influence key stakeholders and peers. Ability to stand alone, set clear standards and hold other accountable to a critical requirement. Courage to have difficult discussions with groups from all level of the organization. 
  • Excellent communication skills: is able to effectively and persuasively articulate positions both verbally and in electronic mediums to various audiences including senior executives in a clear, concise and compelling manner.  
  • Strong team player, highly motivated, who can effectively interface with and present results to all levels of management and teams across the business.


The health and safety of McCain employees and their families has been our number one priority since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Supported by science, and in line with our culture and values, we believe that being vaccinated is the most effective way to protect each other, our families, our customers, and our communities.  It is therefore a requirement that the successful candidate for this role be fully vaccinated and have completed the mandatory incubation period prior to the candidate’s start date with McCain, subject to reasonable accommodations if you are unable to be vaccinated for protected grounds under applicable human rights legislation (e.g. medical or religious reasons).


McCain Foods is an equal opportunity employer. We see value in ensuring we have a diverse, antiracist, inclusive, merit-based, and equitable workplace.  As a global family-owned company we are proud to reflect the diverse communities around the world in which we live and work. We recognize that diversity drives our creativity, resilience, and success and makes our business stronger. 
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Job Family: Research & Development      
Division: Global Research and Development 
Department: ​Research and Development ​
Location(s): US - United States of America : Wisconsin : Appleton 

Company: McCain Foods USA, Inc. 

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