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Thermal Process Specialist

Mississauga, ON

Thermal Process Specialist

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 Thermal Process Specialist position will appeal to individuals who enjoy the challenge of participating in the creation and execution of new and improved products. The individual will need to be self-motivated, team oriented, enjoy a fast-paced environment, dogged in their pursuit of the end goal, and capable of bringing creative approaches to the resolution of the broad array of challenges with which they will be confronted. The Thermal Process Specialist must also enjoy the comprehensive nature of the job that will require involvement in detailed data analysis, rigorous report writing and hands on plant activities. A passion for food safety with an ability to use Science and Technology in problem solving is essential.  This role has a focus on Thermal Processing throughout the MLF network and, at times, extensive travel is required to meet the needs of this position.  


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

  • Conducts Thermal Validation of product and batch/continuous thermal processing equipment in the MLF Network.  Supports FSQA, Operations, and RDT as required
  • Executes temperature distribution studies on existing, new and modified equipment
  • Extensive use of data collection/analysis software such as CalSoft, NumeriCal, MadgeTech, HOBOWare, Thermodata Viewer, etc.
  • Prepares and presents technical reports/results, both written and oral, to associates, peers and management
  • Review thermal deviations and provide fact-based disposition, as required
  • Participates in cross functional teams responsible for projects
  • Understands and stays up to date on all applicable thermal processing food safety requirements (Internal, CFIA, FDA, USDA, etc.)
  • Reviews changes to formulation and/or process to determine if thermal validation is required
  • Some Product Life Cycle management (SOP creation/modification, formulation/BOM work, etc.) required
  • Independently develops project work plans in order to execute projects efficiently
  • Consults technical resources (literature, technical papers, academia, etc.) to further knowledge and apply the learning to execute projects
  • Completes any training deemed necessary to build/maintain the requirements of the position
  • Assists with identification and development of ideas for technology improvements/cost savings
  • Maintains current knowledge by reading and disseminating relevant information from academic and trade literature
  • Interfaces with and leverages the supplier and academic community to achieve project goals
  • Maintains project files to ensure collection and transfer of learning and knowledge as well as eligibility for Income Tax Credits

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 Food Science or a related Science discipline
  • Minimum of 2 year of experience in Food Manufacturing, Product Development or Quality Assurance
  • Computer proficiency in MS Office applications (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.)
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Must enjoy and thrive in a fast-paced environment and deliver commitments in a timely and accurate manner
  • Flexibility of schedule – schedule may require various start times due to manufacturing and production schedule availability
  • Ownership of a vehicle and willingness to travel.  Extensive out of province travel will be required at times to support thermal processes in the MLF Network.
  • Use of pilot plant equipment
  • Exposure to manufacturing environments for periodic extended workdays that can include loud noise, heat, cold, wet and slippery conditions
  • The ability to move safely and freely around machinery in manufacturing environments
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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