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Commercial Execution Associate

Mississauga, ON

Commercial Execution Associate

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 

Eight core values guide us in everything that we do.
  • Do What’s Right
  • Shared Value
  • High Performance
  • Diverse and Inclusive Teams
  • Disciplined Decision Making
  • Our Accountability
  • Intense Curiosity
  • Transparency and Humility

The Opportunity

Reporting to the Director of Commercial Planning and Execution, the Commercial Execution Associate will be accountable to support the end-to-end execution of Commercial Renovation initiatives, partnering and coordinating efforts with Marketing Managers and an extended group of x-functional subject matter experts.  The incumbent will execute projects using prescribed project management methodology, standards, tools and processes.  It will require a keen leader who understands the importance of executing with excellence, is collaborative, assertive, process oriented with a focus on continuous improvement

A snapshot of some of the exciting things you will lead and do: 

  • Responsible for Coordinating, Planning & Executing activities related to Commercial Renovation projects (eg graphic changes)
  • Leads cross-functional execution teams to ensure projects are executed with excellence “Right First Time” using prescribed project management methodologies, SAP RD systems and tools
  • Communicates key critical path dates to all stakeholders ensuring each milestone is clearly defined (including Marketing, Manufacturing, Supply Chain, Purchasing, R&D, Regulatory and Graphics)
  • Understands time sensitive requirements of projects, minimizing delays to critical path activities, working to resolve issues as they are identified and brings forth resolutions
  • Works closely with cross-functional partners to drive engagement, maintain accountability, and ensures ongoing alignment within the commercial teams
  • Is well versed with our stage and gate (PDP) process and requirements, and provides support to Project Leads throughout the process
  • Ensures changes to launch timelines are effectively communicated to all stakeholders and identifies impact of such
  • Monitors and reports progress against initiatives, providing updates to working team, visibility to metrics and executive teams on an ongoing basis
  • Supports the Commercial Execution Managers with ad-hoc project management activities, reporting and analytics as well as continuous improvement
  • Applies thought leadership and judgement to enable fact based and nimble decision making

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:

  • 3+ years relevant experience in commercial execution and project management
  • PMP Certification a plus
  • Understanding of regulatory, packaging graphics and SAP RD processes an asset
  • Problem solving orientation
  • Demonstrated ability to forge/cultivate strong cross-functional relationships
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to progress on multiple priorities concurrently while navigating evolving circumstances
  • Strategic Thinker – the ability to understand the big picture, exercise solid business judgement

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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