22 St. Clair Avenue East, Toronto, Ontario, M4T 2S7
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George Weston Limited and Loblaw Companies Limited are one of North America’s largest bakeries and grocery retailers, employing more than 200,000 people across North America. For more than 130 years, the Weston family of companies have been feeding Canadians as well as donating back millions of dollars to the communities where their employees and customers live and work. The Seeding Food Innovation grant program which provides early-stage research grants to fund investigations into all aspects of sustainable food production. We are seeking an innovative, scientifically-grounded influencer to help us build on our early work.
As the Manager, Sustainable Food – Research & Innovation , you will use your expertise and creativity to ensure that we fund the best projects possible in the field of sustainable food production. A key part of what you do will be to implement innovative approaches to our grant-making, and influence critical decisions about the strategic direction of future granting. You'll manage our growing portfolio of sustainable food grants while developing stakeholders and building external relationships.
You will also embrace the Companies’ mission of funding research in sustainable food production and transform this research into action. Reporting directly to the Vice President, Community Affairs, you will be a key player in the initiative.
Establish and maintain robust and productive relationships with relevant Canadian research institutions
Maintain and continue to refine a grant approval system including the refinement of appropriate advisory and expert reviewer groups
Manage the calls for the Letter of Intent and Proposals processes, ensuring that timelines and guidelines are appropriately set and adhered to including the development of appropriate collaterals such as advertisements and web pages
Assess grant applications to the Companies – analyzing the quality and potential impact of proposals and organizational viability; obtaining appropriate expert advice and references; helping to reach a funding judgement through development and implementation of expert decision-making panels and making a recommendation to the Companies for funding; and handling relationships throughout the process until the application is either successful or declined
Manage and monitor funded grants to completion including: agreeing appropriate outcome targets and timely reporting regimes, analyzing monitoring reports, and authorizing and generating grant payments
Communicate complex science and research issues in non-academic language to various stakeholders
A relevant PhD
Experience in consulting or working in a business setting is an asset
An understanding of the various aspects of sustainable food research and a broad understanding of the food research community in Canada
Effective skills to develop relationships with organizations at all levels, with personal credibility, communication and analytical skills to drive forward the initiative and provide advice and support to the Companies
Strong project management skills with experience in delivering successful projects
An ability to work creatively and flexibly in a small team and to effectively work alone
Creativity and flair to explore the best methods for evolving this initiative in an engaging and successful way
Superior oral and written communications skills
Ability to understand and advise on research-related regulatory and ethical requirements
Excellent attention to detail but able to think about the ‘big picture’
Highly proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint; experience with other database management an asset
George Weston Limited recognizes Canada's diversity as a source of national pride and strength. We have made it a priority to reflect our nation’s evolving diversity in the products we sell, the people we hire, and the culture we create in our organization. Accommodation is available upon request for applicants and colleagues with disabilities.
In addition, we believe that compliance with laws is about doing the right thing. Upholding the law is part of our Code of Conduct – it reinforces what our customers and stakeholders expect of us.
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