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Corporate PMO Manager

Mississauga, ON

A Sustainable, Forward Thinking Protein Company
Maple Leaf Foods is a leading meat and plant-based protein company, employing over 11,500 people and publicly traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange. We are proud of our roots, which trace back well over 100 years, but our vision and purpose are decidedly forward looking. As we pursue our vision to become the most sustainable protein company on earth, we are committed to creating shared value – creative business value through addressing some of the world’s most critical social and environmental challenges. Our goal is to build a more sustainable food system, which provides nutritious affordable food, operates within planetary limits, cares for animals responsibly, and meaningfully engages with our communities to advance a more just society. We are advancing bold changes within Maple Leaf and more broadly within society to pursue our vision. We deeply believe this is the sustainable path to growth.
Our job is to make great food
Maple Leaf Foods embraces a strong values-based culture, where our people are deeply engaged in work that is purposeful, fast-paced and challenging.  We cultivate an open, non-bureaucratic and inclusive workplace that fosters safety and transparency, along with individual leadership and accountability. Each Maple Leaf team member has a voice and plays an active role in helping all of us achieve our goals with passion and discipline. We support one another to grow professionally, to learn new skills and to take on challenging experiences in the spirit of continuous improvement.
Raise the Good in Food
We have united behind a shared purpose – to Raise the Good in Food. This spans a dramatic transformation of our flagship Maple Leaf brand, replacing anything artificial with simple, natural ingredients; investments and process changes to reduce our environmental footprint by 50% by 2025; building a diverse and inclusive culture where all talent thrives; becoming a leader in animal care; and advancing food security through our charitable foundation, the Maple Leaf Centre for Action on Food Security.

Our Leadership Values 
Six core values guide us in everything that we do.

  • Do what’s right
  • Deliver winning results
  • Build collaborative teams
  • Get things done in a fact-based, disciplined way
  • Learn and grow, inwardly and outwardly
  • Dare to be transparent, passionate and humble
 Corporate PMO Manager 
The Opportunity:
At Maple Leaf Foods, one of our greatest strengths is our deep capabilities and capacity to successfully lead and execute strategic projects across the organization. Over the years, we have seen our business plans and goals coming to life in meaningful ways, leading us to where we are today. As we embark on our ambitious journey to become the most sustainable protein company on earth, building a strong governance framework of disciplined processes, systems and teams that drives execution excellence is paramount to our success going forward.
Reporting to the VP, Corporate Project Management Office, the primary responsibility of this role is to drive a strategic project methodology for the Corporate PMO portfolio, as well as effective project delivery along with project prioritization, reporting and portfolio management. This is a highly visible role interfacing with all levels of stakeholders across the business. The role is responsible for framing of complex initiatives, prioritizing and steering all projects in the portfolio, driving PMO process and policy, and directing project management staff to drive continuous improvements in the Corporate PMO.
A snap shot of some of the exciting things you will lead and do:
  • Responsible for establishing, standardizing, and leading project management practices for multiple programs, across all areas of the business aligning
  • Ensure adherence to project management standards across the entire program/project life cycle to include project management practices, tools and documentation of project artifacts
  • Collaborate with senior executives and stakeholders in the business to prioritize projects based on company objectives in a dynamic and fast-paced business environment
  • Plan, and implement project management best practices and reporting capabilities to streamline project processes and procedures and maximize operational effectiveness
  • Build a “learning community” of practice within the project delivery discipline in establishing a program of continuous improvement through assessment of internal and external best practices and lessons learned in order to achieve higher maturity in PPM.
  • Provide organization with leadership, direction, and coaching to achieve work objectives and improve performance and skills
  • Provide regular visibility to project status (key decisions, dependencies, issues, risks, metrics) on a standard cadence through status reporting and project/resource reviews
  • Oversee resource capacity planning processes to support quarterly reforecasts and annual planning
  • Improve and maintain an effective communications plan to ensure frequent, accurate, and timely communication to all stakeholders
  • Build and foster relationships with clients, and key stakeholders
  • Manage and deliver various internal initiatives and special assignments as assigned by the VP, Corporate PMO
 What we have to offer you:
  • Be part of a company with an inspiring and unique vision, with a deep commitment to sustainability and expanding its leadership in sustainable protein across North America
  • Professional and career development opportunities, supported by our commitment to talent development through our partnership with the Ivey School of Business. 
  • Competitive Health and Wellness benefits that start on your first day of employment
  • Defined Contribution Pension Plan
  • Commitment to Learning – courses, resources and tools provided to all employees
  • Employee Assistance Program
 What you will bring:
  • Minimum 5+ years’ experience as a Project management office leader
  • Minimum 10+ years’ experience as a project manager - managing complex multi-faceted cross functional programs
  • Demonstrated experience creating and institutionalizing an Enterprise PMO/ PMO function for an organization
  • Extensive experience with traditional and innovative project management processes, techniques, tools across agile, waterfall, iterative methods
  • Experience in project management software applications including Project Professional/Server and SharePoint Online (including Reporting Tools such as Power BI)
  • Strong influencing, facilitation, negotiation and relationship management skills
  • Ability to distill complex issues, develop and implement effective strategies to drive alignment across multiple constituents and client groups
  • Proven ability to implement strategic plans
  • Experience in developing and implementing change management and communications plans
  • Proactive professional with excellent interpersonal and leadership skills
  • Demonstrated time management and problem-solving skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills for the development of strategy, guidelines, policies, standards, and best practices
  • University undergraduate degree in related discipline or equivalent
  • PMP or PgMP designation
  • MBA – nice to have

We thank all applicants for their interest in exploring employment opportunities with Maple Leaf Foods however only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Applicants may be subject to a background check and must meet the security criteria designated for the position.  

Maple Leaf Foods is committed to Employment Equity and maintaining a diverse workforce.  Job applicants with a disability who require reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process can contact our Talent Attraction Team at  Reasonable accommodations will be determined on a case-by-case basis and your request will be responded to as soon as possible.
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