Innovation and Development Specialist

Lafarge Canada Inc

Why work for Lafarge?:

As the global leader in innovative and sustainable building materials, we’re committed to shaping a greener, smarter and healthier world. At Lafarge Canada Inc., safety comes first, collaboration matters and diversity is celebrated with people who share our desire to continually make our materials better.
Do you have the drive, the skills, and the passion to join us?


Effective management of innovation and product development projects, implement R&D programs to support the Technical department with the commercialization of new sustainable Concrete & Aggregates products and novel raw materials qualification & characterization. Primary, support the growth of Low Carbon Concrete & Products and Solutions division.
For those seeking a learning and development opportunity, after completing the first few months in this role, you will be eligible to be part of our Lafarge Leadership Development Program (LLDP). This is an 18-month program to grow our talents, during which we assign you a mentor, provide you leadership and operational training with experts and senior leaders, ask you to lead a specific project and give you the opportunity to network with other participants enrolled in the LLDP program.


  • The selected candidate will be required to abide by all safety policies and procedures; ensuring to lead by example when in the office as well as in the operations.
  • The employee will also be involved with the implementation of Lafarge safety policies and compliance with government legislation as well as with the development and implementation of safety improvement plans.
  • With a specific focus on behaviors and culture.

Concrete and Aggregates Sustainable Product Development:
  • Development

    • Prepare and execute product development plans, perform formulation tests that support the creation, development and improvement of new and existing innovative, sustainable products & solutions. Prepare and perform new mix designs in support of growing special products and solutions such as RCA, CDW, ECOPACT (low carbon concrete) and filler
    • The incumbent will be expected to be able perform all materials and durability tests in compliance with CSA and ASTM requirements. If not already certified, the incumbent will be expected to pass the ACI certification exams. The incumbent works with the Development team and Products and Solutions team, the tests executed involve but are not limited to: fresh, hardened, and durability of concrete tests, RCC, OGDL and pavement materials tests, aggregates, soil, RCA, CDW tests and cement mortar test. This role requires someone who can work with autonomy in a lab setting.
    • The incumbent will be expected to manage experimental testing programs, perform lab trials and testing of new products in utilization of new sustainable concrete in RMX, and new sustainable aggregates products. Participate in special products demonstrations, samples and mock-up preparation, applicators training (including placing and finishing activities).
  • Reporting

    • The incumbent must be able to produce high quality technical reports to summarize lab projects. Must be able to review specification, prepare and deliver technical documents, presentations and training materials. Must be able to interpret test results & recommend changes and next steps. Analyze and compare test results with specifications, tolerances and targets. Report any deviations or trends immediately to manager.
  • Sales/Operations Support

    • The candidate will provide expert customer support to both our internal & external customers including; troubleshooting activities, field sales support and quality incident investigation and resolution with sales and technical teams, as well as identifying potential innovation and product improvement opportunities for development work, customers and job sites. Provide technical expertise and pre-qualification testing for projects and troubleshooting. Develop Quality and product best practices for Technical, sales and operations and will support programs with both field and labs to benchmark Lafarge aggregates material performance vs. competitors to effectively market our products.

Relationship with Others
  • The successful candidate will work directly for the Innovation & Development Manager, ACM and with the P&S team. The incumbent will liaise with RMX & Agg Technical Managers, supervisors and other market area personnel. Significant liaison with ECAN Operational, Sales & commercial staff will be required.

  • This candidate will have no direct reports. The incumbent will also be part of a department that is responsible for the quality of approximately 3,200,000 m3 of ready mix concrete. 32 Millions Tons of Aggregates.


Education and Work Experience:

  • A University degree in a relevant engineering discipline such as Civil Engineering, Material Science; Construction Management. Master’s degree is an asset
  • A minimum of one (1) year of progressive experience conducting product development function in building materials
Knowledge and Skills
  • ACI Field Certification for Concrete & Aggregate Testing (Field Technician Level 1 certification)
  • Experience in the construction materials (concrete and aggregates) industry. Have experience of working with CSA A23, A3000 a ASTM standards related to construction materials
  • Experience in analyzing/reporting results and maintaining records and sample techniques and instrumental analysis
  • Must be able to interpret test results & recommend changes and next steps and produce high quality technical reports to summarize lab projects

Job Specific Competencies:

  • Excellent interpersonal communication to develop effective internal and external relations
  • Ability to work independently and solve problems that may arise
  • Ability to analyze a situation and act in a timely manner
  • Flexibility, open-mindedness and the ability to be adaptive and learn from others
  • Energetic, self-motivated, dependable, looking to be challenged by complex multi-disciplined problems
  • Strong organizational skills, ability to handle multiple tasks
  • Disciplined and process-oriented


As we are reinventing the way the world builds, we need world-class talent to join our Lafarge Canada team: people who are passionate, driven by curiosity and keen to grow, learn, develop and thrive in our high-performance culture.
Whatever you do, you will make a difference here. Because we know that your passion and curiosity are the natural resources the world needs.
We thank you for your interest. Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. Lafarge is committed to the principles of employment equity and encourages the applications from women, visible minorities, and persons with disabilities.
Lafarge Canada Inc. welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities. In Ontario, our organization/business is committed to fulfilling our requirements under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.
Lafarge Canada is committed to providing a safe environment for employees, customers, contractors and vendors. As such, in keeping with the requirements of our industry associations, partners, and clients across Canada, Lafarge Canada has implemented a COVID-19 vaccination policy intended to reduce the spread of COVID-19. As of October 1st, 2021, all new employees joining Lafarge Canada, subject to any requirement to accommodate pursuant to applicable human rights legislation, must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

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