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People Leader

Laval, ON

People Leader - Viau

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 President of Viau, the People Leader oversees Human Resources activities at two manufacturing locations; Laval and Montreal. The incumbent partners closely with Operations to set and implement a manufacturing people strategy, support implementation of cross-company initiatives while providing ongoing coaching and support to HR at the two plants. The People Leader has the direct accountability for ensuring that the Human Resources planning and results (Performance Management, Recruitment, Recognition, Training and Development, Engagement and Communication) are aligned to meet the Plant and Viau operations and business needs. 

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

  • Oversee Human Resources and Employee Relations activities within the plants including ensuring effective delivery of human resources, compliance with legislative requirements and Company policies, and daily coaching on HR, employee relations issues.
  • Coach and provide counsel to HR at the two plant locations, with the goal to support plant operations, drive ownership for business results through people related activities, and develop strong HR professionals.
  • Champion the implementation of MLF Corporate initiatives where they are being adopted at Viau.
  • Support development of annual human resources plan for each facility that align to the plant’s business goals, and monitor follow through on those identified initiatives.
  • Share best practices across the plant network and promote standardization of core HR procedures.
  • Lead and provide counsel on special projects as requested.

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:

  • 8+ years working experience in Human Resources and Employee Relations.
  • Post-secondary education in Human Resources, Business, or related field (or equivalent work experience).
  • Experience working in a manufacturing environment is an asset.
  • A well-developed HR Professional with a solid Generalist and Change Management background.
  • Passionate about coaching, mentoring and developing people to achieve positions of greater responsibility.
  • Strong business and operational acumen particularly within manufacturing and/or food processing.
  • Demonstrated initiative, drive and leadership; excellent communication skills.
  • Results orientated, able to work as part of a functional team. Excellent planning, organizational skills and possess the ability to manage multiple priorities.
  • Strong problem-solving skills, communication and interpersonal skills.
Ability to make procedural decisions and judgments involving sensitive and confidential issues under stressful conditions.
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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