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Lab Assistant

Hanover, 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
 Lab Assistant
The Opportunity:
Position key responsibilities are performing routine laboratory procedures in accordance with our quality standards. A variety of lab, scheduling, quality, and necropsy functions will be performed on a daily basis.
 A snap shot of some of the exciting things you will lead and do:
  • Candidate shall be responsible for the knowledge of and compliance to those aspects of the Quality Management System under the laboratory’s Scope of Accreditation
  • Preparation of Lab’s daily activities; reagents, media, equipment start-up, and lab cleaning and disinfection
  • Support the Laboratory Information Management System through the collection, receiving, preparation and data entry pertinent to tested samples
  • Support Q.A. programs through scheduling of various sample, testing, and vaccination requirements
  • Conduct a variety of microbiological analyses as per standard SOPs. These tests may include the handling of pathogenic organisms from poultry and environmental sources
  • Conduct verification checks and procedure documentation in order to support the Accreditation requirements of the Microbiology Lab. This includes but is not restricted to incubator temperature checks, lab disinfection, waste preparation and removal and other tasks as assigned
  • Report and distribute test results to clients once test data has been approved
  • Maintenance of Ag Ops biosecurity and foreign animal disease programs
  • Conduct Oocyst Per Gram (OPG) and Fecal Egg testing
  • Prepare, perform, and document serological tests such as ELISA and plate agglutination
  • Support client and customer requests within internal guidelines
  • Assistance with poultry necropsies and medical records
  • Assistance with scheduling of farm visits and tracking bird submissions to ensure maintenance of Veterinary-Client-Patient-Relationship.
  • Update health monitoring tools in collaborative team
  • Present compiled data to external teams
  • Perform monthly inventory, purchasing, and receiving of supplies and goods
  • Perform sensory evaluations on shelf life products and ensure lab is well stocked and resourced. Maintain lab equipment
  • Will be involved in other areas of development such as assisting in yearly budgeting process
  • Conduct training of new personnel
  • Reporting results to government as required.
  • Assistance with data entry/analysis including but not limited to: Salmonella results, hatchery microbial results and trending, broiler case information, broiler breeder case information, serology results
  • Assistance with environmental sampling procedures when required in hatcheries and/or poultry barns
  • Assistance with training and/or on-site verification of sampling procedures when required in hatcheries and/or poultry barns
  • Typing/compiling meeting or visit notes for sharing with broader team
  • Assistance with preparation and/or revision of Standard Operating Procedures
  • Assistance with laboratory cleaning
  • Assistance with other laboratory procedures where required
  • Other tasks as required
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:
  • Must have a Post-Secondary education, could include Animal Science, Veterinary Science, Microbiology, Quality Assurance, or Food Science program
  • Preference will be given to applicants with a microbiology education
  • One to two years experience in a laboratory environment
  • Good understanding of Safety Codes and Good Laboratory Practices
  • Computer Skills: skilled user of Microsoft office applications and Excel graphing applications
  • Strong communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • Continuous improvement background and performance
  • Strong problem solving skills.
  • Organized, reliable, able to manage in fast paced environment
  • Able to work independently and in a team environment.
  • Good interpersonal skills

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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