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Menu Planning & Recipe Development Specialist

Extendicare Canada Inc.

This is a Contract position in Markham, ON posted September 13, 2022.

Candidates are invited to apply for the position of Menu Planning & Recipe Development Specialist at our Corporate Office in Markham, Ontario. This is a Hybrid position.


Reporting to the Director of Culinary SGP, the Menu Planning & Recipe Development Specialist will be responsible for the national menu plans for all LTC & Retirement clients in the Seniors market (including Extendicare homes). The position works closely with the Extendicare Regional Dietary Consultants, our procurement department, and the Information Technology department. Menu Planning & Recipe Development Specialist main deliverable is to ensure the Menu meets or exceeds our client’s expectations and contributes to the profitable growth of the SGP brand. Its’ main challenge is to be change-adaptive working in a highly competitive market with high standards and expectations.


To be successful in this role, you must have the ability and experience to work well in a team-oriented, fast-paced environment and have a proven track record of success.




  • Semi-Annually, for the Long-Term Care clients, develops and distributes complete menu cycles including Week-at-a-Glance, Therapeutic Diet Spreadsheets, Production Sheets, Recipes and Order Worksheets. For the Retirement and the Assisted Living clients produce seasonal menus that are both nutritious and exciting.
  • Working with our field management and procurement Specialists, helps plan and execute, on an annual basis, Menu Planning Days for both our Eastern and Western clients.
  • Works in the field to support our clients and suppliers and when required makes presentations outlining the features and benefits of the SGP menu.
  • Works closely with our Director of Culinary, Director of National Sales and our Business Development Representatives in all aspects of food including evaluation, specifications, recipe development and costing.
  • Leads, implements and Reviews resident opinion surveys and facility feedback to aid in ongoing menu planning and development.
  • Oversees the computerized menu system to analyze food costing, new product links, updates per menu launch and nutritional content. Continually updates the program and expands its usage in the field. Works closely with our Information Technology department to consistently monitor the programs and update them when appropriate.
  • Liaises with government and professional associations.
  • Supports new vendor administration process which includes admin processes for vendor set up, website updates and communication materials on a timely basis.
  • Support SGP members to ensure product and program goals are clearly defined and any issues are resolved on a timely basis.
  • Perform other duties and responsibilities, as required.



  • A food professional with a minimum of five years operational experience in the Seniors market preferably as a Dietary Manager in long term care or Retirement setting.
  • Must have experience with MealSuite Menu Software
  • Post-Secondary School studies in Food and Nutrition is preferred.
  • Demonstrates business acumen and leadership success.
  • Works well in a team environment.
  • Superb organizational, priority-setting, time management and multi-tasking skills.
  • Ability to work independently and be self-directed, solid project management skills.
  • Customer-focused with high emphasis on building and maintaining relationships with clients, suppliers and the industry at large.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Strong team orientation with ability to collaborate with internal and external customers
  • Proven ability to meet deadlines and work in pressure situations


What Extendicare has to offer:

At Extendicare, we believe that working as a team creates an environment that allows us to reach our potential. We value each employee, encourage equal opportunity for growth and recognize achievement. As a valued member of our team, you can expect:

  • Continuous mentorship, support for life-long learning and growth opportunities
  • Opportunities for advancement and career growth within the organization
  • A rewarding and meaningful work experience where you can enrich your life and the lives of others through your work.
  • Employee Family Assistance Program.
  • Robust benefits package.


SGP a division of Extendicare is a purchasing partner focused organization committed to providing unmatched customer service, comprehensive network support, and innovative supply chain solutions to the Senior Care Market. Defined by our customized and focused programs and services, SGP understands our partners business and we are dedicated to ensuring optimum network performance for our Partner’s procurement needs.


In Ontario, Extendicare, Para Med Home Health Care and affiliated organizations including our partner homes in Extendicare Assist, accommodate the needs of job applicants throughout its recruitment and selection processes in accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. Accommodation needs must be provided in advance. To discuss your needs, please contact the individual noted in the posting.

Extendicare recognizes the importance of immunization to protect our residents, patients, team members and visitors from COVID-19. As such, subject to medical exemptions, a condition of employment with Extendicare is requiring that all new hires have received all required doses of a COVID-19 vaccine approved by Health Canada.