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Reliability Engineer

Brampton - Walker Dr, ON

Reliability Engineer

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 Maintenance Manager, the Reliability Engineer identifies and manages asset reliability risks that could adversely affect operation's ability to meet corporate and site objectives. This includes: leading the improvement of asset health/reliability performance, failure elimination initiatives, risk management and life cycle asset management in alignment with corporate Asset Reliability programs, site 3-year maintenance and reliability roadmap, and all other corporate policies and local SOP’s.

The Reliability Engineer is an experienced Reliability Specialist with at least 5 years of experience in a reliability, operational excellence and/or continuous improvement role applying proven best practices in an industrial environment.  An Engineering degree is required. The Reliability Engineer is familiar with using a CMM system and MS Office tools and with applying Standard Operating Procedures in his/her work. The Reliability Engineer follows company policies, standards and guidelines as they apply to all activities.

The Reliability Engineer has good leadership, communication, analytical skills, works well in a team environment, is responsible and is open to change. The person is results oriented and quality driven.

The Reliability Engineer promotes and maintains a safe working environment through compliance with MLF’s Health and Safety Program. This includes Food Safety and Environmental compliance.

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

  • Develop solutions to repetitive failures and all other problems that adversely affect plant operations.
  • Involved in the design and installation stages of projects for new assets and modification of existing assets.
  • Review and resolve production losses and abnormally high Maintenance cost assets.
  • Manage risk to the achievement of MLF’s strategic objectives in the areas of environmental health and safety, asset capability, food quality and production.
  • Lead efforts to ensure reliability and maintainability of equipment, processes, utilities, facilities, controls and safety/security systems.
  • Define, design, develop, monitor and refine maintenance strategies based on asset performance.
  • Provide technical assistance to review equipment rebuilds and Supplier performance.
  • Responsible for ranking the major physical assets in terms of criticality and risk to the organization.
  • Provide input in the creation of corrective action plans.
  • Review mean time to repair (MTTR) and mean time between failures (MTBF) results to identify and lead maintenance program/department improvements.
  • Review plant history and other technical files to identify/resolve opportunities for improvement.
  • Validate inputs into condition-based monitoring routes, load levels, and seed dates.
  • Monitor the potential maintenance impact and/or opportunity of the production plan.
  • Conduct lifecycle costing (LCC) analyses on new, problematic and aging assets.
  • Work with stores to identify the best part/material solution for the application.
  • Incorporate continuous improvement feedback into the planning strategy.
  • Provide technical assistance as required for maintenance personnel in executing the work.
  • Use work history when identifying asset reliability shortfalls.
  • Apply the Bad Actor Report process to track significant issues.
  • Apply value analysis to repair/replace, repair/redesign and make/buy decisions.
  • Develop and manage the site's asset management strategy.
  • Track, report an develop action plans to attain the asset management strategy's goals and objectives.
  • Utilize the site’s 3 Year Plan in setting reliability improvement priorities.
  • Identify knowledge gaps and future skill requirements.
  • Research external references for current best practices and use to influence maintenance and reliability strategy.
  • Work with Engineering to integrate Capital project changes into the PMs.
  • Develop and maintain a formal preventive and predictive (PM/PdM) program for all key asset.
  • Review 5% of the PM/PdM programs every quarter.
  • Provide technical support, guidance and validation for all new PM/PdM tasks.
  • Ensure that appropriate documents are updated when modifications occur.
  • Following a modification apply a formal management of change (MOC) process, which includes a review of existing maintenance strategies.
  • Asset risk and criticality rankings are reviewed every 5 years and whenever there is a significant change to the process or equipment performance requirements.
  • Risk ranking is used to identify candidate assets for improvements and when designing, commissioning a new asset.
  • Conduct failure mode and affect analysis (FMEA) and root cause failure analysis (RCFA).
  • Condition monitoring and predictive technologies are used to collect and analyze patterns in equipment behavior in order to determine the onset of failure and end of life.
  • Involved in the selection of new assets and responsible for developing a life cycle management strategy throughout its useful life.
  • Develop asset hierarchies, maintenance plans and critical components defined before the commissioning of assets.
  • Use Reliability-Availability-Maintainability (RAM) modeling to estimate the expected Reliability, Availability and Maintainability of assets.
  • Use LCC algorithm for deciding between maintain, overhaul or replacing assets.
  • Include Sanitation, RAM Analysis, Maintenance Plans, Spare parts and Salvage Value in the maintenance cost components considered within the LLC Model.
  • Manage the Failure reporting, analysis and corrective action system (FRACAS).
  • Develop strategies to improve asset performance and reliability.
  • Use the Value Driver Tree methodology to identify value drivers.
  • Generate Bad Actor Report/Analysis.
  • Manage non-conformance reporting and post-mortem with follow-up action logs.
  • Use SAP to understand spares related asset health issues.
  • Participate in the Maintenance department’s continuous improvement and knowledge collection efforts.
  • Support the Maintenance department's participation in the formal and standardized intra-company knowledge sharing process.
  • Collect and track work identification KPIs related to the proactive maintenance program.

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

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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