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FSQA Lab Technician

Winnipeg - Paquin Rd, MB

FSQA Lab Technician

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

 As a member of the facility's FSQA team, the FSQA Technician is responsible for microbiological analysis and reporting with speed and accuracy of raw materials, in process, and finished products samplings to ensure conformance to quality standards and food safety requirements of the company, and its customers.

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

  • Perform microbiological sampling and testing of product and plant environment
  • Perform media preparation and chemical testing
  • Verify HACCP and GMP programs from compliance and train employees in food handling safety as required
  • Modify and update existing standard operating procedures, develop new ones and aid in continuous improvement initiatives of lab practices and procedures.
  • Prepare daily reports of sampling and testing results
  • Reporting of non-compliant results to the FSQA Manager
  • Involved in shelf-life projects and overall food safety initiatives
  • Prepare SOP’s and record for third party audits
  • Handle all ordering of laboratory supplies
  • Arrange yearly equipment servicing with vendors and send out equipment for yearly calibration
  • Participate and lead annual lab audit, and participate in annual BRC audit
  • Other duties as assigned.

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:

  • Post secondary education in chemistry or microbiology degree or diploma program
  • Previous food processing experience is a definite asset
  • Knowledge of GMP and HACCP principles and programs
  • Excellent computer skills, including Word, Excel, Access, and Outlook with a passion for accuracy
  • Ability to get things done within a decentralized environment with minimal supervision
  • Positive and professional approach with willingness to learn who likes to challenge oneself
  • Good written and oral communication skills.

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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