Senior Manager, Product Development

Ontario | Full-Time

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Who We Are

CannTrust is an award-winning, federally regulated licensed cannabis producer, with locations in Vaughan and Niagara, Ontario. We are publicly traded and proudly Canadian, operating a portfolio of well-known brands including estora, LiiV and Synr.g.

At CannTrust, we are committed to providing exceptional customer experience, quality products and consistent, standardized dosing. Our greenhouses produce 95% grade A cannabis flower, which is sold in dried flower, oil and vegan capsule formats. Founded in 2014, our continued success in the medical cannabis market and subsequent expansion into the recreational business, led to us being named Licensed Producer of the Year at the Canadian Cannabis Awards 2018.

Join us in our mission to support our customers and empower our patients to improve their quality of life, by enriching the cannabis experience with the best quality products, educational resources and outstanding service.

Who You Are

The ideal candidate is an agile, business savvy individual who is committed to getting better everyday. You are a passionate influencer with strong communication skills, who is open to giving and receiving feedback. You are customer-centric with an ability to act as a mentor amongst your peers. Of course, you also deliver consistent results by aligning yourself with CannTrust values.

Roles & Responsibilities

  • Manage a multidisciplinary team of Scientists including: Chemists, Formulation Scientists, Process Engineers, and Technicians, to develop and optimize new innovative or existing products.
  • Key deliverable is to bring products from inception to launch by means of managing a Product Development pathway spanning the functional areas of formulation development, process development, analytical testing, intellectual property, regulatory compliance, documentation, business/market strategy, and project management.
  • Key milestone deliverables include: Formulation Development Protocols/Reports, Optimization/ Stability/Characterization Protocols/Report, Process Feasibility Assessments, Process Development reports, Validation and Qualification Protocols/Report, Method validation reports, testing plans, Finished Product Specifications, summaries of experimental data, filed/granted patents, Gantts, and weekly updates.
  • Plan formulation optimization experiments, taking into account Health Canada regulations on excipients, daily tolerable dosages, ICH guidelines, Cannabis Act, and GPP scale-up where applicable.
  • Scope the design and process flow of manufacturing lines and solutions, support the purchase of processing equipment, and the scale up of process to production scale.
  • Identify patentable areas within the landscape, surveil the patent landscape, and manage the intellectual property portfolio.
  • Provide insight on regulatory and product development pathways for commercialization.
  • Analyze results and provide strategy and insight to team
  • Manage pre-clinical and clinical studies and design as required
  • Coordinate the development and validation of new analytical methods with methods development team and contract test houses.
  • Manage physical lab resources, allocation of space, selection and purchasing of analytical equipment needs, ordering of reagents, chemical inventory, cannabis inventory, and supply chain.
  • Allocate work packages, responsibilities, and collect data summaries from Scientific team.
  • Manage the drafting of SOPs as necessary.
  • Cross-functional collaboration with Manufacturing, Regulatory Affairs, Clinical Affairs, Quality Assurance, Operational Quality, Compliance, Inventory, Procurement, Finance, Agronomy, and Marketing.
  • Key point of contact for vendor management and partnerships.
  • Perform IP due diligence and vendor/partner audits.
  • Advise on investment, strategic, and marketing/business opportunities.
  • Grow the product development team to meet business requirements.
  • Provide analysis for COGs/P&L
  • Keep up-to-date with rival strategy, products, and relevant business news.
  • Conduct continuous gap-assessment of the product development pathway.
  • Other duties as assigned

People Leader

  • Holds others and self accountable to gaps in performance, is a champion of feedback
  • Acts with Integrity: Demonstrates responsible, ethical and honest behavior while consistently leading by example; models the CannTrust values
  • Motivates team to take timely action, resolves customer escalations in a timely manner
  • Monitors progress to departmental goals with company strategy
  • Sets department goals & objectives and supports direct reports with achieving results and development plans
  • Encourages team to be involved in decisions, encourages talent development
  • Executes the performance management cycle activities for the team
  • Strong communication skills, ability to promote learning and development; can have difficult conversations
  • Complies with all company policies

Education & Experience

  • PhD or MSc in chemistry, pharmaceutical formulation, physicochemical sciences or alike
  • At least 3 years of work-related Product Development (R&D) experience in the pharmaceutical industry or a relevant field
  • At least 3 years’ experience in a senior leadership or management role
  • Strong background in analytical chemistry, formulation, small molecules, food science, veterinary, topicals, nutrition, and/or natural health products
  • Familiar with developing intellectual property for patents
  • Familiar with Good Manufacturing Practices, Good Production Practices, Good Documentation Practices
  • Current understanding of Cannabis Act and GPPs is preferred


  • Excellent communication skills, fluent in English
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint
  • Available to travel to company locations within the GTA
  • Must pass an RCMP security clearance
  • Exceptional background in Product Development (R&D), formulation, analytical chemistry method development, patents, GMP, food safety, and budget
  • Core technical competencies include HPLC method development
  • Technical experience with various forms of mass spectroscopy and chromatography
  • Experience drafting protocols, reports, and SOPs
  • Prior experience working on multidisciplinary teams
  • Background in manufacturing process design, analytical method development, patents, and food safety
  • Current understanding of Cannabis Act, and GPPs is preferred

Physical Demands

While performing the responsibilities of the job, the employee is required to lift up to and including 25lbs, sit and/or stand for extended periods of time and reach with arms/hands. Walking, climbing stairs, standing, and moving items is occasionally required. The employee must wear the required PPE to complete their job functions. The company reserves the right to modify PPE requirements based on regulatory, compliance and operational needs.Work Environment

When employees are required to perform duties within the Greenhouse or Manufacturing facilities, they may be exposed to unprocessed cannabis products/supplies. The Greenhouse and Manufacturing environment can be temperate, noisy and dusty at times. The employee will be provided with the appropriate (PPE) Personal Protective Equipment and they must adhere to legal requirements regarding PPE to manage their own personal safety under these conditions. In addition, to ensure compliance and minimize contamination within a controlled environment, the employees may be required to wear latex gloves a cleanroom suit.

CannTrust has a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion. Everyone who applies for a job will be considered. We recognize the business value in creating a workplace where each team member has the tools to reach their full potential. We value the insights and innovation that diverse teams bring to work. We work with our candidates with disabilities throughout the recruitment process to ensure that they have what they need to be at their best. Please reach out to our recruiters to begin a conversation about your individual accessibility needs throughout the hiring process.

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