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Operations Excellence System – Six Sigma Program 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
OES Six Sigma​ Program Manager 
The Opportunity:
The OES SS Program Manager will focus on Six Sigma (SS) integration with technical solutions to improve process problem solving capability.  You will partner with IS and represent Operations to deliver end to end infrastructure solutions at our Manufacturing sites. The OES SS Program Manager will undertake proposals and plan budget, resources and detailed project plan for the delivery of projects in close cooperation with the business objectives.
A snap shot of some of the exciting things you will lead and do:
  • Manage projects from the idealization stage all the way to implementation and partner closely with leadership and cross-functional stakeholders.
  • Develop technical solutions in conjunction with Corporate IS to proactively identify issues before they are raised by stakeholders.
  • Liaise with MLF IS Innovation, Engineering and other key internal stakeholders to support the smooth implementation of Operational Excellence (OpEx) solutions.
  • Drive productivity and efficiency improvements across the MLF manufacturing sites i.e. technology platforms, operating procedures, etc.
  • Support the delivery of capital, maintenance and operational projects delivered in the regions where applicable with the local teams.
  • Provide regular reporting updates on individual projects and the operational excellence program.
  • Understand and support execution of site objectives. Assist with the identification and quantification of Critical Business Needs (CBN) and primary opportunities for improvement.
  • Conduct business case and risk analysis as required. Provide CI Project Management support utilizing DMADV / PDCA framework.
  • Provide Leadership and Coaching support for Diagnostic and Lean events at Manufacturing sites.
  • Research and apply functional best practices within project scope.
  • Provide Coaching on Six Sigma, Lean and OpEx methodology & tools.
  • Ensure sustainable results through application of change management and pragmatic control plans. 
  • Understanding and supporting functional objectives and strategies.                   
  • Assisting with the identification and quantification of major opportunity areas, including the re-application of learning across MLF.                
  • Interface with management team at plant.     
  • Must be open to coaching and actively learn within the role.     
  • Periodic travel may be required for training or project work. 

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 (BSc., Computer Science, Engineering or Operations Management).
  • Minimum 5 to 8 years of full-time work experience depending on level of responsibility; experience in manufacturing systems, SAP, visual management, or other transactional functions an asset. 
  • Program management experience with scoping, leading, and delivering moderately complex projects including Capital projects.
  • Comprehensive working knowledge of the contract’s management in relation to the provision of services to a site, including the related service level agreements and key performance indicators.
  • Track record of delivering winning results.                 
  • Demonstrated strong analytical and problem-solving skills including application of process improvement and quality tools. Lives the value of getting things done in a fact-based way.
  • Strong communication skills.  Ability to communicate well (verbal and written) with all levels of the organization, including senior leadership. 
  • Ability to work in a team base environment and at Manufacturing sites.                 
  • Proficient in Excel and other MS Office 365 apps, MS Power BI, SAP, enterprise solutions.
  • Moderate knowledge of overall automation especially PLCs.
  • Demonstrated ability to effect change through influence.          
  • Has led and/or coached prior continuous improvement projects.  Considered a strong coach on continuous improvement concepts.                       
  • Experience in leading complex projects that require strong leadership, initiative, and change management would be an asset.             
  • Previous experience with Six Sigma tools and methodology is a requirement.
  • Demonstrated ability to implement and teach Lean Methodologies and Operational Excellence.  

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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