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Production Manager

Bradford, ON

Production Manager

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 Plant Manager, the successful candidate is responsible through plant operations for producing the highest quality products in the most effective and efficient manner, within the framework of Company policy and government regulations. This position is responsible for product quality and safety, employee health & safety and efficiency, raw material yield, financial results and absenteeism as reported from the plant operation. The Production Manager continuously strives for improvement in these areas through staff development and engagement, new workflow methods, new equipment, good labour relations, promotion of safe work standards, and strong peer relationships.

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

  • Provide leadership to production, including a team of supervisors, planner, and coordinator and approximately 275 hourly, agency and piecework employees
  • Foster and maintain a positive labour relations environment by ensuring that all employees are treated with respect, grievances are dealt with in a timely manner, and employees are communicated with in an open manner
  • Motivate employees to embrace the Leadership Edge Values
  • Monitor production inputs and outputs to minimize product loss; compliance and enforcement of the Occupational Health and Safety programs, and working towards achieving an accident free facility
  • Communicate the implementation of new or changes to Standard Operating Procedures, Good Manufacturing Practices and HACCP to ensure consistent product quality and progressive food safety program
  • Support and participate in food safety/control audits
  • Champion continuous improvement for the manufacturing processes in supporting Six Sigma methodologies, leading meetings and specific projects (manufacturing excellence, etc.) to optimize production operations
  • Interact regularly and build strong relationships with all other managers and other team members, including Quality Assurance, Health & Safety, Maintenance, Finance, Distribution, and Human Resources 
  • Control departmental operating costs ensuring all product orders are produced on time with no shortfall in quality or quantity
  • Assist the Plant Manager with developing a cohesive, competent management team and planning for capable management succession by effectively acquiring, developing, and motivating manufacturing personnel
  • Backup to the Plant Manager in his absence
  • Participate in the review and recommendation for capital improvements for equipment and plant facilities
  • Prepare yearly operating budgets, standard cost of goods for raw materials, direct labour and plant overheads
  • Be flexible, capable and willing to be hands on in the performance of any technical or production related task as the circumstances require including flexibility to work different shifts 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 education or practical equivalent in one of the following disciplines: food science, business, engineering, or operations management
  • 5 of more years of production experience in a food processing industry
  • 3 or more years’ experience in a management role within a unionized work environment
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Proven decision making ability using various analytical tools (variance reports, downtime analysis, SWOT analysis, Six Sigma metrics, etc.)
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to manage conflict and build teams
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office
  • A proven track record of being pro-active, taking the initiative
  • Knowledge of HACCP and Health and Safety regulations

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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