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Corporate Sanitation Manager

Mississauga, ON

Corporate Sanitation Manager

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

 Manages the corporate sanitation program by driving both performance and standardization across an assigned group of plants. The role provides technical support to a diverse group of internal and external stakeholders including: plant sanitation teams, external sanitation contractors, sanitation chemical suppliers, FSQA and Purchasing. Provides technical support as a functional SME on capital projects, food safety and product quality investigations.

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

  • Process Owner for the corporate sanitation program. Maintains program standards and ensures that the program elements are updated to reflect changing internal and external requirements.
  • Collaborates and supports key stakeholders including: internal sanitation teams, external sanitation contractors, sanitation chemical suppliers, FSQA, Operations, Maintenance, Safety and Corporate Purchasing to ensure program compliance and to resolve issues related to: equipment, process and people.
  • Drives plant compliance with all company and regulatory standards, policies, procedures and practices related to sanitation through coaching, training, reporting and follow up.  
  • Provides technical support for all sanitation related inquiries. Drives knowledge sharing and communication regionally and across the plant network. Assists in the development of new cleaning procedures or optimizes existing sanitation processes and procedures that have a direct impact on product food safety and quality. Supports significant food safety and product quality investigations.
  • Drives program continuous improvement by monitoring key performance metrics within the assigned region and through onsite assessments that focuses on: sanitation tools, sanitation processes/procedures and people management.
  • Functional SME by providing sanitation and sanitary design expertise on corporate and plant capital projects.   

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

  • Minimum 10-15 years of relevant plant experience preferably in managing sanitation programs, including managing direct reports. 
  • Post secondary school education, preferably in the areas of Microbiology, Food Science, Chemistry or related field.
  • High degree of functional competency and technical understanding in sanitation practices and sanitation chemistry.
  • Working knowledge of the functionality of sanitation cleaning/sanitizing systems and other sanitation tools used for daily execution from tank to wand. This includes the basic principles of CIP (Clean in Place) and COP (Clean out of Place).  
  • Effective change agent demonstrated through the ability to work with people consistent with the Leadership Edge Values to reach desired outcomes.
  • Effective situational leadership ie demonstrated success in applying the appropriate leadership style for a given situation.
  • Process thinker with the ability to provide clarity of thought to a given situation.  
  • Effective communication skills (written and verbal).
  • Effective computer skills including Word, Excel, Power Point, and Minitab.
  • Able to manage ambiguity by offering solutions rather than presenting problems when escalating issues.
  • Strong analytical skills. Able to translate data into information and insights that “connect’ with the intended audience.
  • Willing team player by helping others through support without boundaries or conditions.
  • Active learner who is able to provide coaching and is receptive to coaching.
  • Willing and able to provide ideas / content, share knowledge, and is receptive to feedback.
  • Self starter, comfortable working independently.
  • Must be able to travel.
  • Must be able to work on the sanitation shift for troubleshooting, coaching and assessments when the need arises or requested.
  • Working knowledge on the use of heat intervention on a wide variety of equipment.
  • Demonstrated leadership skills with the ability to influence others.
  • Proven managerial skills to coach others.
  • Cross functional experience and/or participation on cross functional teams.
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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