Scientist – Research

Job title: Scientist – Research

Company: McCain Foods

Job description: ​

Position Title: Scientist – Research

Position Type: Regular – Full-Time ​

Position Location: Florenceville PPTC

Requisition ID: 27321

As an Analytical Scientist at McCain, you will play a crucial role in advancing our research and development initiatives. You will be responsible for statistical sampling, analytical testing, and data analyses to support both R&D and Manufacturing projects. Employing scientific problem-solving and rapid prototyping, you’ll accelerate research projects and contribute to the development of innovative measurement technologies.

Your responsibilities extend to identifying measurement gaps within McCain’s R&D, Operations, and Agronomy functions. You will continue to improve the technology roadmap to address these gaps systematically and sustainably. Under this roadmap, you will create and validate new or improved test methods, ensuring seamless knowledge transfer to internal users. Your expertise will be shared through reports, presentations, and various media channels.

Additionally, you will play a key role in liaising with external laboratories for highly complex, advanced, or specific technologies that are not available in-house, ensuring we access the most cutting-edge capabilities in our field.

This role will be based in Florenceville, NB, Canada.

Key Accountabilities

  • Operates, qualifies, calibrates and maintains core and advanced analytical equipment.
  • Leads the research, development, adaptation, optimization and validation of analytical test methods.
  • Plans, designs, and executes research following sound experimentation protocols. Performs standard and advanced analytical and sensory tests and documents data. Statistically analyzes the data and reports the results in scientific format.
  • Authors and reviews new analytical test methods, procedures, validation protocols, reports, and research papers.
  • Supports the effective transfer of new and improved analytical test methods to other facilities in R&D and Manufacturing. This includes the set-up of new instruments, end-user training and troubleshooting support.
  • Acts as a liaison with external laboratories to conduct research and identify appropriate testing requirements. Interprets results from highly complex, advanced or specific technologies and methods.
  • Provides technical knowledge and expertise to other McCain functional units. This includes instructions and support on sample collection procedures, design of experiments, instrument maintenance and documentation.
  • Supports the development of a structured R&D test database and analytics tools to drive actionable insights.


  • Master’s or Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Food Science or related field.
  • Minimum 3 years (1 year with Master’s degree) in a laboratory or research setting across a range of analytical techniques, such as GC-MS, HPLC, NIR spectrometry.
  • Expertise in analytical method development and validation, including creation of user information package.
  • Proficiency in report, thesis, and technical writing.
  • Independent research experience, with a focus on problem-solving and overcoming obstacles.
  • Working knowledge of applied statistical analysis, including Design of Experiment (DoE) and multivariate analysis would be considered a strong asset.
  • Excellent communication skills with the ability to explain complex technical subjects to non-technical audiences.
  • Ability of dealing with ambiguity, comfortable navigating change and uncertainty, taking initiative and making informed decisions without a complete picture.
  • Customer-focus mindset, dedicated to understanding customers’ needs and meeting their expectations.
  • Self-starter, able to adapt easily in a rapidly changing business environment.

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.

McCain is an accessible employer. If you require an accommodation throughout the recruitment process (including alternate formats of materials or accessible meeting rooms), please let us know and we will work with you to meet your needs.

The health and safety of McCain employees and their families has been our number one priority since the start of COVID-19 pandemic. With vaccination restrictions easing across the globe we do not currently require employees to be vaccinated, but we reserve the right to change this mandate in line with health guidance and regulations in each country.

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Job Family: Research & Development
Division: Global Research and Development
Department: ​Measurement Systems ​
Location(s): CA – Canada : New Brunswick : Florenceville-Bristol

Company: McCain Foods (Canada)

Expected salary:

Location: Florenceville-Bristol, NB

Job date: Thu, 25 Jan 2024 23:14:15 GMT

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