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FSQA Manager – Product Performance (Contract)

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
 FSQA Manager – Product Performance (contract)
 
The Opportunity:
The FSQA Manager – Product Performance will identify and support food safety and quality improvement changes to our products. The primary scope of this role is to evaluate enhancements to shelf life performance impacting finished products and raw materials supporting products quality end state, across multiple manufacturing sites. The successful candidate must be very familiar with and comfortable in a manufacturing environment and have extensive experience using SAP-RD. Critical needs for this position are the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and the ability to continuously multi-task. Outcomes of this position have a positive financial business impact.
 
A snap shot of some of the exciting things you will lead and do:
  • Simultaneously manage multiple shelf life food safety and quality projects, impacting several manufacturing sites and providing Supply Chain opportunities
  • Maintaining up to date project data trackers
  • Gather, analyze and manipulate sensory results and scientific data to generate reports from SAP-RD
  • Assess product safety through the interpretation of scientific challenge studies
  • Perform pathogen modelling for food safety coverage using online databases
  • Provide science-based conclusions derived from the historical and newly developed shelf life performance information
  • Utilize SAP-RD driven documentation to support decisions related to shelf life
  • Perform and/or assist in sample requisition and delivery throughout the MLF network, including completion of required sample analyses documentation
  • Manage projects from conception to completion
  • Lead team organoleptic evaluations and collect validation results for tested products
  • Manage communication of progress in the form of Dashboard reports to inform key stakeholders of progress in shelf life work
  • Follow up on commitments and requirements to maintain targets and timelines
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:
  • University degree or technical/college diploma in Chemistry, Microbiology, Food Science
  • Excellent SAP-RD knowledge including ECR creation experience
  • Minimum 3 years of experience in a food manufacturing role or related food safety technical role
  • Knowledge of Canadian and US Regulatory meat requirements, and of FSMA and SFCR
  • Intermediate systems skills (including MS Office)
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Excellent organization and planning skills with attention to detail
  • Interest and willingness to learn and teach others
  • French language is an asset
  • Influential leadership skills and independent work ethic
  • Demonstrated alignment to the Maple Leaf Leadership Values
  • Some automobile travel in southern Ontario is required


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 accommodations@mapleleaf.com.  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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