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Manager Product Development


Toronto, Ontario, CA

Position Title: Manager Product Development
Requisition ID: 36356
Career Group (ADSP): Administrative
Division: Nat - Marques privées (80069738) 
Department: Private Label  
Work Location: METRO ON - 5559 DUNDAS STREET W (#A-DUND) 
Province: Canada : Ontario 
Position Type: Temporary  



The product development manager works collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders to develop private label products in accordance with category strategies and ensure product performance and quality adhere to brand standards and expectations.  This position will be responsible for providing technical, sensory, and quality expertise to Metro Inc. teams and vendors, as well as supporting out for bids with product specification creation.


  • Manage the development of corporate brand products from strategy presentation to hand-off, to ensure brand standards are met, preparation / handling instructions are tested, key product attributes are communicated, and specifications are completed.
  • Manage product lifecycle through PLM by maintaining updates throughout the development process and specification creation for product bids.
  • Participate in product sensory evaluations, providing honest feedback in a group setting.
  • Conduct product evaluations of potential alternate suppliers and provide recommendations to the business teams.
  • Collect, review, and approve product specifications for approved product formulations.
  • Resolve formulation related issues that may arise from first production, and/or vendor ingredient/formulation changes. 
  • Provide product/category technical expertise to Corporate Brands, procurement, and vendors as required.
  • Conduct market reviews, product evaluations and make recommendations to align with competitive landscape.
  • Participate in assortment analysis and trend/ product research as required.
  • Other projects as assigned.


  • University degree
  • 5 - 7 years related experience in the food industry
  • Proficient in Excel, Word, and Outlook platform, including Teams. 
  • French speaking is an asset.
  • SAP experience would be an asset.
  • PLM/PPM experience would be an asset.
  • Minimal travel


  • Highly organized, meticulous, and able to effectively manage multiple projects/tasks simultaneously.
  • Ability to work both collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders, and independently as required.
  • Very good communication and interpersonal skills
  • Analytical, proactive, and solution driven.

Work location would be Etobicoke at 5559 Dundas Street west.  The team works remotely 2-3 days a week. mandatory in office Wednesdays and Fridays, occasional Mondays.


This is a temporary role until May, 2024.



Metro values, respects and leverages the differences and competences of all employees from a variety of different backgrounds. We will consider all qualified applicants for employment.
Metro is committed to accommodating applicants and employees with disabilities.  Should you require an accommodation or wish to receive this application in an accessible format, please advise.
Only applicants that meet the qualifications will be contacted.
We respectfully request no calls or unsolicited resumes from agencies.

METRO INC. is a food and pharmacy leader in Québec and Ontario. As a retailer, franchisor, distributor, and manufacturer, the Corporation operates or services a network of 953 food stores under several banners including Metro, Metro Plus, Super C, Food Basics, Adonis and Première Moisson, as well as 648 drugstores primarily under the Jean Coutu, Brunet, Metro Pharmacy and Food Basics Pharmacy banners, providing employment directly or indirectly to almost 90,000 people.

Our five customer promises are simply that... promises to provide our customers with the best shopping experience possible. Under each promise are actions that support it.

Our five customer promises:

  • Great quality fresh products
  • The people are great
  • It's easy to shop
  • Customers get what they want
  • Prices are good

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