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Posted January 21st

Product Technologist

Windsor, Ontario


Pernod Ricard USA



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Posted January 21st

Product Technologist

Windsor, Ontario






Full Time

Company Name: Hiram Walker & Sons Ltd.

Location: Windsor, ON

Hiram Walker & Sons Limited , a Pernod Ricard Company, is the place where ambition thrives. As part of a global enterprise, we are proud to be delivering the market such exciting brands as Wiser's Whisky, Polar Ice Vodka, Malibu Rum, and Lamb's rum. Let your ambition lead you toward outstanding opportunities with progressive rewards. For insight on our heritage please click

Position Summary

This position is part of the Research & Development team collectively responsible for innovation of new products, formulations, specifications, and brand integrity for The Absolut Company spirit portfolio in accordance with all quality, regulatory and legal requirements.

Purpose/Strategic Direction for the Position:

  • Responsible for experimental and analytical activities within the Research Department
  • Master analytical techniques to support development and production of TAC brands
  • Support innovation of new products, knowledge building and brand integrity
  • Research new technologies and equipment; promote an environment and mindset of continuous learning and improvement

  • Key Responsibilities

  • Support Product Development teams in the delivery of new product innovations and value engineering opportunities including analytical and microbial testing.
  • Chemical quality analysis/assurance of products
  • Experienced in product blending (alcohol, sugar, acids, salts, water), filtration and food safety treatment
  • Conduct testing and investigations linked to NPD, complaints, quality and co-packer issues
  • Ensure internal calibrations and troubleshooting on critical lab equipment is performed
  • Assist with the management of capital purchases and maintenance of a three year plan for the Research Lab
  • Provide support and guidance to Co-packers, Operating units and MK Operations as required
  • Maintain records and provide reports for all projects, testing and investigations.
  • Ensure Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) is followed
  • Participate in organoleptic evaluations

  • Key Parameters for Success

  • Deliver results, reports and analysis accurately and in a timely manner
  • Act with agility to address business needs
  • Identify potential risks to brand integrity and safety and explore opportunities to mitigate those risks
  • Effective communication and support to NPD/R&D and Operations teams
  • Expert knowledge of Malibu and Kahlua products; convenience products

  • Contact points (external and internal)

  • TAC Operations - NPD and R&D Team
  • Corby Purchasing & Finance
  • Suppliers, Outside laboratories/contractors
  • Technical Team, Our Vodka
  • Quality Departments at MK Operating Units

  • Product Portfolio

  • Absolut, Malibu, Kahlua
  • Convenience / RTD products (across brands)
  • Our Vodka

  • Qualifications/profile and Key Capabilities

  • Experience with analytical methods and techniques including GC/MS, HPLC, NIR, wet chemistry and microbiology
  • Ability to interpret and analyze data, prepare reports & recommendations
  • Superior organization, time management skills and excellent attention to detail and accuracy
  • Able to manage and prioritize multiple tasks and manage multiple projects
  • Strong interpersonal /influencing/problem solving skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in team environment
  • Self starter and self directed; able to drive results in a fast paced environment
  • Fluent in English
  • Food and Beverage Chemistry and Analysis (an asset)
  • Good knowledge of regulations (FDA and alcohol beverage for USA and Global)

  • Education:

  • University Degree or College Diploma in a scientific field (Chemistry, Biochemistry, Food Science, Brewing and Distilling)
  • The position requires laboratory and analytical experience
  • Microbiology / Food Safety is an asset

  • We welcome and encourage applications from individuals from all groups, including aboriginal, women, visible minorities, and persons with disabilities, regardless of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, creed, family status, national origin, age and gender.

    Hiram Walker & Sons Ltd. is committed to providing accessible employment practices that are in compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act and the Ontario Human Rights Code. Should you require accommodation during any phase of the recruitment process or wish to view our accommodation policies, please contact the Human Resources Department at

    Thank you for your interest in Pernod Ricard and its subsidiaries, CorbySpirit and Wine Limitedand Hiram Walker & Sons Ltd. All resumes submitted will be reviewed byourrecruitment team and kept on file for six months in consideration for this and future opportunities. Please note that only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. Please do not contact provincial offices directly as all recruitment is coordinated through the Corporate Office in Toronto.

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