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Sanitation Manager

Toronto, ON

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

 The Sanitation Manager is a solutions oriented position responsible for effectively supervising and controlling the cleaning and sanitation of processing equipment, utensils and the entire plant environment. The incumbent is responsible for the development, implementation, execution and evaluation of the Sanitation Program and taking corrective action to prevent product contamination. He/she must ensure all cleaning and sanitation is executed in compliance with GMPs, Safety, WHMIS, HACCP, CFIA and AMI “Principles of Sanitary Design” in addition to Maple Leaf Foods Corporate standards.

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

  • Actively involved and represent sanitation requirements in all plant programs
  • Manage, motivate and lead the sanitation contract workers
  • Oversee the cleaning and sanitization of equipment, surfaces, utensils and plant environment by providing direction, working ‘hands on’ to motivate and provide technical support to all sanitation employees and other plant employees as required
  • Plan sanitation requirements and activities by establishing priorities, scheduling, assigning work and communicating with sanitation staff and key stakeholders frequently and regularly within timelines
  • Audit and report non-compliance and take corrective actions to assure compliance to all quality assurance food safety requirements on a regular and daily basis
  • Manage Sanitation operating budget
  • Lead regular Sanitation meetings with Plant Manager, Maintenance, Contractors, Operations and QA
  • Monitor, update Sanitation Standard Operating Procedures (SSOPs) and participate in audits. Accountable for the result and action plan of sanitation audits
  • Develop and execute training to meet all job requirements and ensure compliance with all company and regulatory requirements
  • Order, manage inventory and safely store sanitation agents and cleaning substances
  • Track and trend critical sanitation metrics (micro TPC swabs, ATP swabs, pre op deficiencies and MSS) to measure performance and achieve improvements while maintaining all standards
  • Do seek and destroy activities as required.
  • Work with 3rd party sanitation contractors and chemical supplier Technical staff to trouble shoot and eliminate root cause issues of non-conformities
  • Support and execute the Company’s Food Safety programs at the facility in conjunction with Quality Assurance, Microbiology and Food Safety. Provide input on sanitation excellence across the organization
  • Support and promote the company’s health and safety program, maintain a safe working environment and ensure continued compliance with the Occupational Health and Safety Act and JHSC recommendations
  • Other responsibilities as required

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:

  • Relevant Post-secondary education
  • 2 years supervisory experience, ideally in a food processing facility
  • Knowledge and experience with Sanitation as it relates to Food Safety
  • Aptitude for continuous learning
  • Must be flexible to work varying shifts and weekends
  • Demonstrated ability to forge partnerships with multiple cross-functional areas, (ie. Operations, Maintenance, Quality Assurance, Food Safety) to enhance efficiency and productivity
  • Proven leadership abilities. Able to manage and build a team.
  • Detail and results-oriented
  • Very strong interpersonal skills
  • Strong ability to communicate (i.e. read, speak and write) in English
  • Proficient in MS Office tools (Excel and Word).
  • Knowledge of industry related quality systems and inspection programs, cleaning systems (CIP, COP) and chemicals
  • Knowledge of HACCP, GMP, WHMIS, First Aid, Food Safety, Basic Food Microbiology, Lock Out and Tag Out, and Health and Safety Regulations
  • Able to work in cold, humid or wet manufacturing environment, work with chemicals and stand/walk a lot
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. 

Championing diversity and inclusion is a critical component to advancing our collective purpose and vision, living the Maple Leaf Leadership Values, and delivering winning results. Accommodation is available upon request for applicants with disabilities in the recruitment and assessment process and when hired; please contact our Talent Attraction Team at accommodations@mapleleaf.com.

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