Manager, Menu & Packaging Innovation Success with A&W Food Services of Canada Inc.

The second largest burger chain in Canada, A&W Food Services of Canada Inc. is a Canadian company that generates over $1 billion in revenues through more than 1,000 franchised restaurants across the country. A&W has articulated Climate Goals that sustain an exceptional corporate culture. With a steadfast commitment to Climate Goals and strategy, A&W has consistently earned recognition as a highly successful enterprise and one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies. Collectively, franchised A&W restaurants in Canada annually curate more than 200 million guest experiences.

Based at A&W’s Corporate Home Office in North Vancouver, the Manager, Menu & Packaging Innovation Success has a mandate to support the overall strategy for the brand by ensuring that A&W’s menu and packaging items meet the needs of guests and are aligned with c0rporate goals for guest experience, operational integrity, value and environmental sustainability. This position plays a key role in new product development for menu and packaging items. The role has responsibility for full product development from ideation to research, testing and commissioning. The position plays a key support role in working with a within A&W’s dynamic, guest-centric system to support effective launching of new products at the actual restaurant level.  This multi-faceted, dynamic leadership role is responsible for allocation of innovation expenses, food photography, NAF innovation, POS and menu boards.

The Manager, Menu, & Packaging Innovation Success reports to the Director, Menu Development and serves as Chair of the Menu and Packaging Committee of the Standards Board. The incumbent must develop and maintain superb working relationships with a wide range of internal and external partners, including franchisees, suppliers, and representatives of A&W’s supply chain, marketing and operations teams.

The ideal candidate is a strategic thinker with superb organizational, problem-solving, writing, influencing, presentation and project management skills.  Ideally, the candidate will have had experience in successfully leading new product development, preferably in food and/or food packaging. Creative and curious, the candidate must possess a unique blend of entrepreneurial drive, analytical finesse and a proven capacity to pragmatically and collaboratively to drive innovation and change in a collaborative, engaging manner.   An active listener, the candidate must have a strong drive for results and an excellent ability to work with detail without losing sight of the big picture.  The candidate must have an uncanny blend of being able to conceive ideas and work with others to actually implement something tangible in a cost-effective manner.  The candidate must have a university degree in a related discipline such as Commerce or Food Science Administration and at least five years of relevant business experience. Proactive and able to work independently and with minimal supervision, the candidate must have a genuine interest in menu development, recipes and packaging and the ability to work independently and as a team member.  

All qualified candidates are encouraged to reply, in confidence, quoting file #14703 to search@janetdavid.com.  Please forward a cover letter and resume as one WORD file. We thank and acknowledge all candidates and will proactively contact those selected for to participate in a multi-step discovery process.