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Operations Leader

Winnipeg, MB

Operations Leader

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 Site Leader, the Operations Leader provides leadership for the effective operations of the Winnipeg - Lagimodiere plant by ensuring the development and implementation of best-in-class manufacturing processes, adherence to good manufacturing practices and supply chain management.

This position is responsible for ensuring superior customer satisfaction in an environment that meets our commitments to our human resources, health & safety and food safety standards, and is responsible for the direct oversight and leadership of the Production Managers within the facility.


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

  • Provide operational and strategic decision making to support the Site Leader.
  • Be accountable for production costs, labour utilization, yields, results of operations and cost improvements in the department.
  • Ensure adherence to the Company’s Food Safety requirements and Good Manufacturing Practices, including the completion of BRC and audit targets.
  • Strive to continuously improve the reduction of operating costs using Six Sigma methodology.
  • Develop, recommend, and implement Capital Improvement for plant, including the preparation and execution of a Capital Plant budget.
  • Responsible for preparing and executing the plant operational overhead budget, and direct product cost targets.
  • Meet or exceed customer service level targets through the synchronization of process/activities with all functional area processes, from demand planning through to the delivery to the customer.
  • Develops salaried employees through certification training and coaching, providing clear roles and consistent support and feedback for all employees.
  • Develops a cohesive, competent leadership group and plans for development and succession planning.
  • Optimize and ensure execution of weekly and monthly production schedules.
  • Continuously seeks ways to improve manufacturing operational results and efficiencies while meeting customer expectations and minimizing waste.
  • Foster and maintain positive union and employee relations environment by treating all employees with respect, providing timely feedback and grievance resolution.
  • Holds employees accountable and drives performance through key metrics that are tied back to the vision.
  • Shall demonstrate full commitment to the implementation of the requirements of the Global Standard for Food Safety and to processes which facilitate continual improvement of food safety and quality management.
  • Develops and drives a strong safety culture (Health and Safety and Food Safety).
  • Supports Marketing/Sales and Product Development with respect to new and existing product development initiatives and customer inquiries.
  • Maintain and apply knowledge through compliance with CFIA, Workplace Health and Safety, Collective Agreements, and other legislative bodies that impact plant performance.

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 one of the following disciplines: food science, business, engineering, or operations management.
  • Several years of production experience in a food processing industry.
  • A minimum of 5 years demonstrated and progressive experience in a management role within a unionized work environment.
  • Strong leadership skills, independent thinking, strong organizational and planning abilities and excellent analytical, decision making, and problem-solving skills are essential.
  • Strong interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work as a team with all functional areas to support a common goal.
  • Experience in a project-based manufacturing environment with a proven record of delivering bottom line results.
  • An understanding of lean manufacturing concepts.
  • Demonstrated customer focus to ensure a loyal customer base.
  • Demonstrated track record of decision making using various analytical tools (SAP, variance reports, downtime analysis, SWOT analysis, Six Sigma metrics, etc.)
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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