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Animal Health and Welfare Technician

New Hamburg, 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

Animal Health and Welfare Technician - New Hamburg
 
The Opportunity:
Position key responsibilities are to work directly with broiler breeder pullet, hatching egg and broiler producers to improve on farm practices including product trials to improve bird health, pre-catching strategies and transport improvements; utilize data collected through this work to continuously drive improvements including poultry pathogen reduction and MLF’s transport animal welfare outcomes to the processing facilities.  A variety of lab, sampling and quality functions may be required to be performed. This position is a key player in developing and sustaining effective business relations between Maple Leaf Foods, third party poultry producers, catchers, and transportation such that credibility is established and maintained.

A snap shot of some of the exciting things you will lead and do:
  • Provide field technical services to producers for the improvement of bird health to improve pathogen results and catching and transportation animal welfare outcomes to the primary processing facililty
  • Perform routine audits of poultry flock condition prior to loading
  • Trial planning and execution at farms
  • Routine coaching and training of producers, catchers and live transport crews of best practices
  • Coach growers and catchers to improve animal welfare and handling practices through analysis and data interpretation.
  • Animal welfare auditing of producer facilities to ensure practices are followed
  • Execute Q.A. programs and biosecurity protocols
  • Develop and deliver training and coaching to growers, catchers and transport team that drive continued improvements
  • Data compilation and analysis including but not limited to: pathogen results, performance results from on-farm trials, results of routine sampling
  • Environmental monitoring procedures in poultry barns
  • Training and/or on-site verification of sampling procedures or other personnel
  • Interpretation and delivery of data analysis to Maple Leaf Foods and growers for continued monitoring and training support for continuous improvements
  • Creation and/or revision of Standard Operating Procedures
  • Provide effective and timely responses to Grower, Catcher and Transportation concerns/issues (may require flexible working hours at times)
  • Investigate processing issues related to live production including high dead-on-arrival loads to meet CFIA requirements
  • 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 – should be included for Manager roles and above only)
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:
  • Post-Secondary education, could include Animal Science, Veterinary Science, Microbiology, Quality Assurance, or Food Science program
  • One to two years’ experience in agricultural or food industry
  • Knowledge of National Farm Animal Care Council Codes of Practice and poultry welfare standards
  • Ability to analyze results and create recommendations and opportunities for continuous improvement
  • 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.
  • Able to work independently and in a team environment.
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Reliable



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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