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Sr. Finance Analyst - Sustainable Meats

Mississauga, ON

Sr. Finance Analyst - Sustainable Meats

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

 A key commercial finance partner supporting the Sustainable Meats business team at Maple Leaf. As a member of this critical team responsible for building Maple Leaf’s Sustainable Meats business, the Senior Financial Analyst will work closely with key stakeholders from across the Prepared Meats, Fresh Poultry and Fresh Pork divisions of the company, providing analytical support to annual strategic plans and new business opportunities.  It will be the responsibility of the Senior Financial Analyst (SFA) to support its team members with the necessary analysis and business acumen required to make optimal business decisions.

The position requires a highly motivated individual with the ability to self-start and work independently, and that can provide top-quality, value-added analysis and insight. The successful candidate must also have strong interpersonal skills, with an ability to work and communicate with members from all levels of the organization.

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

Development of annual financial budget for Sustainable Meats

  • Work with cross-functional team to develop annual financial budget for Sustainable Meats. Track, understand, and explain variances against this plan on an ongoing basis. Make recommendations for improving results as required.

  • Prepare and issue weekly / monthly financial reporting and analysis to the broader team.

  • Ensure financial performance is being properly reflected in SAP by regularly reviewing pricing/trade, distribution, and cost of product rates being assigned to business.

Understand forecasted business profitability

  • Stay closely connected to rolling 90-day and full-year financial forecasts. Ensure understanding of these forecasts’ performance vs. both budget and prior-year.

Profit & loss statement understanding

  • Develop knowledge of pricing/trade, cost of product, and distribution costs by customer and category, and have an understanding of the impact of volume / mix changes on the business. Use this understanding to identify areas where profitability can be improved. Be able to teach cross-functional team the meaning and impact of these variances.

Financial analysis

  • Analyze financial performance of new business opportunities.

  • Support special projects/initiatives (price increases, changes to trade programs with customers, etc.) 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:

  • Post-secondary degree in Accounting or Business required.
  • Accounting designation or working towards designation preferred.
  • Five years of value-add analytical experience (previous experience supporting sales and marketing a must).
  • Must strongly demonstrate our Maple Leaf Leadership values.
  • Must possess strong business acumen and critical thinking.
  • Must have excellent analytical skills and be a detail-oriented person.
  • Superior computer skills and advanced knowledge of Microsoft Excel.
  • SAP experience an asset.
  • Excellent planning and organizational skills and the ability to manage multiple projects.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrated personal leadership.
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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