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Investor Relations Director

Mississauga, ON

Investor Relations Director

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

 Working closely with the most senior level of Maple Leaf Foods, the Director, Investor Relations will lead, develop and execute the company’s IR program.  The individual will be the key liaison between the company and the investment community on issues affecting the Company’s overall valuation and investment thesis.  As a key member of the management team they will have frequent interface with key executives, including the Chief Executive Officer.
 
The Director, Investor Relations will develop an impactful strategy to support and steward the company’s existing investor, stakeholder and analyst base.  They will develop and direct a proactive investor relations plan including a comprehensive calendar of events. 
 
Their responsibilities include developing the company’s key messages and narrative during quarter ends, and for other events such as Investor Day.  The Director will apply their exceptional analytical skill to understand and explain complex financial issues.  Working collaboratively with a wide range of internal stakeholders, they will lead a robust process to quickly develop a clear and compelling story for the investor community.

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

Business acumen
The successful candidate will have established success in bringing fresh ideas to drive impact, embracing change, and innovation.  The role requires a data-driven, solutions-oriented, decision-maker with an ability to understand broader industry dynamics and synthesize information from multiple sources, in order to build compelling narratives.  This will be a commercially- and operationally-savvy individual, with the ability to identify and address the key business issues at hand and the drive to achieve results, and will challenge and question, with an unwillingness to accept the status quo. 
 
Results orientation
The successful candidate must be decisive and action-oriented, with a record of driving results, but in a collaborative manner. This will have been demonstrated through the ability to generate innovative solutions and successfully manage operations in competitive business environments.  This person will be open and willing to try different, creative ways to deal with business challenges and opportunities, understanding that positive outcomes are most desired (rather than a dogmatic process orientation).  Additionally, this person will actively seek and implement new and better ways of driving tirelessly for the desired business outcome. 
 
Collaboration and influencing skills
The successful candidate must have the interpersonal skills needed to work effectively with senior executives across an organization.  A collaborative attitude is essential to help position the management team well with the investment community. This person should work effectively in cross-functional teams and be comfortable interacting regularly and maintaining positive working relationships with seasoned investment professionals external to an organization.  Specifically, the candidate must have successfully engaged, aligned and enabled an executive team of a major corporation to develop a powerful investor relations program and strategy

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:

  • Brings a diverse perspective that complements the skills, strengths and opportunities of the team​
  • 10+ years of experience in investor relations and/or across the broader Finance function
  • MBA, CFA and/or CPA designation
  • Experience managing investor relations for a listed company of scale
  • Experience in buy-or-sell-side roles in capital markets, equity research, and/or investment management
  • In-depth knowledge of the food or consumer products industry in Canada
  • Proven ability to shape the narrative of a company with analysts and/or investors
  • Experience managing other professionals, ideally within Investor Relations
  • Excellent analytical, communication and presentation skills
  • Strong analytical skills and financial acumen
  • Alignment with the Maple Leaf Foods’ Leadership Values
 
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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