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FSQA Manager- Product Performance (Contract)

Mississauga, ON

FSQA Manager - Product Performance (Contract)

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


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

  • Administrator of the MLF Corporate Shelf-Life program, reviewing and updating the Company Standard as new data is presented, providing shelf-life program training where required for new employees & providing coaching for others, assessing product shelf-life results and responding to shelf-life change requests from other cross functional teams.
  • Lead and effectively engage with the FSQA teams in our manufacturing facilities to challenge/execute/implement shelf-life improvements based on validated studies of finished goods product performance over time
  • Assess formulated inclusions of microbial inhibitors during shelf-life assessment, to verify that RTE products have sufficient Listeria Protection Coverage throughout the entire shelf life applied plus any safety buffer to meet the MLF requirements and Regulatory requirements.
  • Understand & interpret the output of validated product Challenge Studies and also of predictive pathogen modelling  
  • Execute against the elements of the MLF FSQA 3-year Shelf-Life Strategy
  • Primary FSQA contact to MLF Supply Chain to investigate potential shelf-life improvements that would mitigate the financial risk to the business, attributed to OCD products.
  • Report on positive cost mitigations realized from improvements to shelf-life originating from the list of SKUs deemed highest OCD risk from MLF Supply Chain, including ongoing monthly and annual dollar mitigation summaries.
  • Initiate & follow through shelf-life studies in both pre-defined and newly identified refrigerated and shelf stable WIP, finished goods components and specific product categories, to identify & capture financial benefit to the business
  • Initiate controlled testing of WIP and finished goods, assessing impact to the quality of products from controlled freezing & thawing
  • Order, collect & store product samples which are retained under controlled cold storage, to enable product performance assessments over extended time
  • Lead & facilitate performance panels using a sensory team-approach for products undergoing extended shelf life testing, utilizing MLF employees in the Meadowvale building test kitchen.
  • Collect data from product taste panels and store it in a secure data repository, making it available for use in audits at MLF facilities and for Customer requests to support shelf-life changes
  • Maintain a record of temperatures from the department refrigerator and freezer units, which are utilized for cold storage retention of products during shelf-life study testing at Meadowvale
  • Create shelf-life change ECRs, including consideration for parent/child relationship SKUs & category consistency, and also providing some ECR support for changes initiated at MLF manufacturing facilities
  • Expedite shelf life ECRs routing through timely assessment of supporting data and providing approval or clear description of reasons for rejection

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
  • Competitive Health and Wellness benefits that start on your first day of employment
  • Commitment to Learning – courses, resources and tools provided to all employees
  • Employee Assistance Program

What you will bring:

  • Post-secondary school education (degree or diploma) in Microbiology, Chemistry, Food Science or related fields
  • Minimum of 5 years of full-time experience working in a food manufacturing facility with emphasis on FSQA experiences
  • Must have some culinary skills and experience to enable safe preparation and handling of foods to be consumed
  • Strong understanding of shelf-life verification processes and best practices
  • Experience working in SAP including RD, QM & trace functions 
  • Ability to communicate technical knowledge in a simple and clear manner with all levels of the organization, including senior leadership
  • Ability to work across the organization to produce desired results both cross-functionally and individually
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills, able to navigate ambiguity
  • Strong skills in quantitative and qualitative analysis
  • Strong change management skills, to develop change plans and the ability to manage others through change
  • Demonstrated time management, multi-tasking and priority setting skills.
  • Ability to lead major work-streams relatively independently with proven ability of project management
  • Effective leadership skills with the ability to influence others.  
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to deal with people professionally.
  • Strong computer software skills including SAP, SharePoint, OneNote, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, SAP, Minitab, Power BI.
  • Proven managerial skills including coaching others.
  • Highly motivated, detail-oriented individual with excellent written and verbal communications
  • Ability to travel as per business requirements (~25%) when required
  • Must have a valid driver’s license
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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