RD&I Associate Scientist - 6 Month Contract

Job No: NP204
Location: Richmond, BC

  • Be a part of a values-based organization with a mission to leave the earth better than we found it.
  • Fantastic work atmosphere and supportive team members.

About the opportunity

The RD&I Associate Scientist is responsible for researching and conducting experiments, gathering data, developing preliminary findings and preparing written reports for the development of new products and reformulating of existing products to improve quality and/or margins. This position is designed with an emphasis on developing and demonstrating technical expertise in food product development.

 This position is for a 6 month contract.

Critical outcomes of the role

Assists in Nature’s Path on the leading edge of new product development by:

    • Participates in all product development project steps through concept to market launch.
    • Researches new and current raw materials and applications.
    • Independently designs, plans and executes experiments.
    • Works with cross-functional teams to accomplish project objectives.
    • Manages multiple projects simultaneously, ensuring timely completion of project objectives in a fast-paced environment.

Ensures consistent operational standards for quality, cost, lean manufacturing, food safety and sustainability by:

    • Assists in cost containment and quality standards of ingredients by researching vendors and options.
    • Participates in ongoing product shelf-life testing of all new and revised products.
    • Facilitates the submissions for third party lab testing as per protocol.

Assurance of customer satisfaction with quality, consistent products by:

    • Assists in determining optimal final product specifications for new product development.
    • Maintains up-to-date knowledge of all legal requirements for packing changes.


Success in this role will require:


  • Bachelor’s degree in Food Science, or related degree, from a recognized university or college with relevant food science work experience.


  • Experience in the whole health/natural organics industry desirable.
  • 1 to 3 years of Product Development, RD&I experience - From Concept to Commercialization
  • Cereal extrusion, baking, and tortilla chip manufacturing experience desirable.
  • Knowledge in food chemistry and statistical analysis as used in designing experiments and measuring process capabilities. 


Upon joining Nature's Path, you will become part of a vibrant team that contributes to bringing healthy, organic food to the world in a sustainable way. At Nature’s Path, we follow 5 core competencies and, as a result, strive to build a culture that is: performance driven, always improving, team focused, honourable and respectful, and sustainably and socially conscious.

We thank all applicants for their interest in Nature’s Path Foods. Candidates selected for an interview will be contacted by Nature’s Path.  


About Nature's Path

Nature’s Path is a sustainably-driven, deliciously-healthy organic food company that believes in "leaving the earth better than we found it". At Nature’s Path, we believe in the idea that you can come to work, and help make the world a better place in the same day. Nature’s Path has received numerous awards such as the Financial Post's Ten Best Companies to work for in Canada, the Greenest Employers award, BC’s Top Employers award, and Canada's Top Small and Medium Employers award.

As a family-run, privately-owned company with locations in Canada and the U.S., our company was founded with strong entrepreneurial spirit and mission to leave the Earth better than we found it, which has become part of everything we do. Since our establishment in 1985, we have expanded to employ a team of over 600 employees in U.S. and Canada! Our company’s innovative brands include Nature’s Path, Love Crunch, Envirokidz and Que Pasa.

Our goal is to be a trusted name for quality organic foods in every home– socially responsible, environmentally sustainable and financially viable. We believe that everyone should have access to delicious food that is both good for people and the planet. If you share our vision, please explore our opportunities and take the path to a new and exciting career! Visit Nature’s Path online at www.naturespath.com, join us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Personal Details * Required field