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Tempering Process Planner

Bradford, 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
Tempering Process Planner
The Opportunity:
The Tempering Process Planner is responsible for creating an effective schedule for tempering/defrosting of frozen meat blocks for use by the Maple Leaf Further Process Plants, based on the weekly requirements set out by Supply Chain. The Planner is accountable for providing feedback to Supply Chain and ensuring that the tempering plan is achievable and that logistics in product movement are optimized.  The Planner will coordinate the schedule for receipt of frozen meat into Bradford and the shipment of tempered/defrosted meat to the Further Process Plants. The Planner will collaborate with the Bradford Optimization and Production Manager in finalizing the weekly processing schedule.  The Planner will support cross functionally to promote increases in sustainable gross profit associated with tempering/defrosting activity.
A snap shot of some of the exciting things you will lead and do:
  • Understand the weekly tempering/defrosting requirements of our customers
  • Understand the tempering/defrosting capability and capacity of the Bradford Plant
  • Align manufacturing production plans to meet weekly customer demand.  Proactively call out constraints to satisfy demand and seek out solutions to resolve the constraints
  • Co-ordinate the supply logistics for delivery of frozen meat to Bradford freezer storage location
  • Create and validate a weekly tempering/defrosting production schedule.  Adjust in-week schedule to ensure customer demands are consistently met
  • Coordinate schedule for outbound deliveries of tempered/defrosted materials.
  • Report on tempering/defrosting key performance indicators (KPI’s)
    • Order Fill Rate
    • Labour Variance
    • Raw Material Variance
  • Participate in a daily rhythm of variance identification, root cause analysis and commitment to corrective action
  • Document all standard operating procedures related to Tempering Process Planning and train a back-up for the role
What you will bring:
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with cross-functional plant teammates and external parties in achieving the tempering/defrosting goals and objectives, acting as subject matter expert. Demonstrated ability to influence plant operations with labour efficiency and raw material variance improvements
  • Demonstrated ability to satisfy customer requirements and to resolve logistical conflicts in a timely manner 
  • Achievement of yearly objectives and development plans for ongoing process and business improvement
  • Timely delivery of tempered/defrosted materials to further processing plants at, or below, standard cost with consistently acceptable quality
Required Experience and Education:
  • 2 to 3 years of experience in planning, freight scheduling or related logistics functions
  • University degree or Community College diploma in a related field is preferred
  • Demonstrated organizing, planning and scheduling experience
  • Specific logistics and/or operations training 
 Required Skills and Knowledge:  
  • Team player with strong communication and problem solving skills
  • Ability to work in a fast paced, changing environment
  • Ability to work independently and drive to solutions.
  • Action oriented with a proven ability to execute in a highly demanding operating environment
  • Exceptional organizational abilities and time management skills
  • Professional attitude and dedication to outstanding quality
  • Ability to improve process by proactively seeking and implementing new opportunities
  • Ability to understand stakeholder needs and meet those needs in a timely manner
  • Competent user of Microsoft Office fundamentals - Excel, Word, Outlook
 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

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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