Food Innovation Coordinator

Organization: Real Food for Real Kids


Location: East end of Toronto, ON

Seeking: Food Innovation Coordinator

Positions Available: 1

Reports to: Director of Food Planning

Direct Reports: n/a

Hours: Full Time


  • Competitive salary and RRSP matching
  • Excellent benefits program, including: alternative and preventative health treatments

Application Deadline: ongoing

Anticipated Start Date: ASAP

About Real Food for Real Kids:

A multiple award-winning company recognized for excellence and innovation, Real Food for Real Kids (RFRK) is a leading healthy catering company for childcare centres, elementary schools and camps. RFRK proudly serves delicious meals and snacks to over 15,000 children throughout the Greater Toronto Area every day. Our mission is to enable and inspire a lifetime of healthy eating and to have a great time doing it! Join a fast-growing company on a world-changing mission.

A glimpse at the role:

The Food Innovation Coordinator is RFRK’s ‘hunter’ of new products and ingredients. They ensure that every new ingredient and product we buy fits with our food values, guidelines, philosophy, cost specifications, food safety standards and industry and client requirements. They are responsible for following processes for new products and ingredients integration into our existing recipes and menus. With direction from the Chief Food Innovation Officer (CFIO) and Director of Food Planning, the Food Innovation Coordinator works closely with third-party manufacturers and suppliers to procure and develop new and exciting products and ingredients.

Some of the things you’ll get paid to do:

Research & Procurement

  • Stay ahead of the curve on new food trends, products, and suppliers and report findings to Food Planning department for planning purposes
  • Source and procure new products and ingredients to meet food planning department goals
  • Initiate, foster and maintain relationships with 3rd party manufacturers and new suppliers
  • Work with 3rd party manufacturers to develop clear standards and targets for new outsourced products
  • Initiate and execute cost reduction strategies as outlined by the Director of Food Planning and CFIO
  • Apply for funding or collaborate with funders for all applicable development projects

The things you can’t believe you’ll be getting paid to do:

  • Have a hand in reshaping the way children, families, and educators eat and perceive food
  • Directly impact getting more new healthy and delicious food into the tummies of 1000s of kids
  • Help our community embrace real food and foster new healthy eating habits
  • Put your professional and personal strengths to work in a growing and dynamic company

Yes, it sounds like a lot, but anything less wouldn’t interest you! You see the alchemy of these responsibilities, and the chance to take a fast-growing company (on a world-changing mission) to new heights as too good to pass up.

Required Education and Experience:

  • University degree
  • Project management experience
  • Experience working in a food environment
  • Numerical fluency, including experience with budgeting and costing models
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Computer skills including Google Apps, Microsoft Office Suite, and project management software

Skills and Personal Attributes:

  • Knowledge of  food systems, food manufacturers & suppliers, and Canadian food industry landscape
  • Negotiation skills
  • Strong oral and written communication skills, with the ability to communicate with various stakeholders
  • Troubleshooting and creative problem-solving
  • Desire to improve kids’ nutrition
  • Research skills
  • Strong organizational skills, time-management skills, and detail-orientation
  • Ability to tackle multiple projects simultaneously and work in a fast-acting manner


  • Bilingual in English & French
  • Project Management Professional (PMP) certification
  • Culinary skills, a passion for nutritious and delicious food, an excellent palate, and exceptional sensory skills
  • Grant-writing experience, experience claiming and/or documenting relevant development information for SR&ED tax incentives
  • Food Product Development experience

To apply, go to

Please upload your résumé and cover letter, including salary expectations, explaining why you’d be a great fit for this role!

RFRK is an equal opportunity employer. We strongly encourage applications from diverse backgrounds and communities.

No phone calls, please. We’ll contact applicants that fit the bill, and invite them in for an interview.

Thanks for your interest in Real Food for Real Kids!