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Corporate Sanitation Manager

Mississauga, ON

 The Opportunity:

Manages the corporate sanitation program by driving both performance and standardization across an assigned group of plants. The role provides technical support to a diverse group of internal and external stakeholders including: plant sanitation teams, external sanitation contractors, sanitation chemical suppliers, FSQA and Purchasing. Provides technical support as a functional SME on capital projects, food safety and product quality investigations.

Snapshot of a Day-in-the-Life:

  • Process Owner for the corporate sanitation program. Maintains program standards and ensures that the program elements are updated to reflect changing internal and external requirements.
  • Collaborates and supports key stakeholders including: internal sanitation teams, external sanitation contractors, sanitation chemical suppliers, FSQA, Operations, Maintenance, Safety and Corporate Purchasing to ensure program compliance and to resolve issues related to: equipment, process and people.
  • Drives plant compliance with all company and regulatory standards, policies, procedures and practices related to sanitation through coaching, training, reporting and follow up.  
  • Provides technical support for all sanitation related inquiries. Drives knowledge sharing and communication regionally and across the plant network. Assists in the development of new cleaning procedures or optimizes existing sanitation processes and procedures that have a direct impact on product food safety and quality. Supports significant food safety and product quality investigations.
  • Drives program continuous improvement by monitoring key performance metrics within the assigned region and through onsite assessments that focuses on: sanitation tools, sanitation processes/procedures and people management.
  • Functional SME by providing sanitation and sanitary design expertise on corporate and plant capital projects.   

What You’ll Bring:

  • Minimum 10-15 years of relevant plant experience preferably in managing sanitation programs, including managing direct reports. 
  • Post secondary school education, preferably in the areas of Microbiology, Food Science, Chemistry or related field.
  • High degree of functional competency and technical understanding in sanitation practices and sanitation chemistry.
  • Working knowledge of the functionality of sanitation cleaning/sanitizing systems and other sanitation tools used for daily execution from tank to wand. This includes the basic principles of CIP (Clean in Place) and COP (Clean out of Place). 
  • Working knowledge on the use of heat intervention on a wide variety of equipment.
  • Demonstrated leadership skills with the ability to influence others.
  • Proven managerial skills to coach others.
  • Cross functional experience and/or participation on cross functional teams.
  • Effective change agent demonstrated through the ability to work with people consistent with the Leadership Edge Values to reach desired outcomes.
  • Effective situational leadership ie demonstrated success in applying the appropriate leadership style for a given situation.
  • Process thinker with the ability to provide clarity of thought to a given situation.  
  • Effective communication skills (written and verbal).
  • Effective computer skills including Word, Excel, Power Point, and Minitab.
  • Able to manage ambiguity by offering solutions rather than presenting problems when escalating issues.
  • Strong analytical skills. Able to translate data into information and insights that “connect’ with the intended audience.
  • Willing team player by helping others through support without boundaries or conditions.
  • Active learner who is able to provide coaching and is receptive to coaching.
  • Willing and able to provide ideas / content, share knowledge, and is receptive to feedback.
  • Self starter, comfortable working independently.
  • Must be able to travel.
  • Must be able to work on the sanitation shift for troubleshooting, coaching and assessments when the need arises or requested.

What We Offer at Maple Leaf Foods:

  • Being part of a high-performance, people-focused company that has an inspiring and unique vision to become the most sustainable protein company on earth, and a deep commitment to sustainable protein across North America.
  • An inclusive company culture and a work environment that keeps our people safe, rewards excellence, and empowers everyone to learn and contribute their best.
  • A hybrid work model that embraces remote work for eligible roles, helping team members achieve work-life balance—combining the best of both spending time working remotely, benefitting from focus time, and purposeful collaboration in the office setting. 
  • Competitive Health and Wellness benefits that offer flexibility to meet your individual or family needs, including programs focused on improving mental health and wellbeing. These benefits start on your first day of employment.
  • Defined Contribution Pension Plan with company matching that starts on your first day of employment.
  • Learning and development opportunities, including workshops, ‘speaker series’ events, and resources that allow you to develop your skills and progress your career.
  • Comprehensive tuition reimbursement program that supports continuous learning and development of our team members through investment in eligible degrees, diplomas, professional certification, or trades programs.
  • Supporting our deep commitment to community impact, we offer up to two paid days annually to volunteer at a cause of your choice.

About Us:

We’re a carbon neutral food company on a purposeful journey to Raise the Good in Food through better nutrition, safer food and workplaces, more humane animal care, and environmental sustainability efforts that protect our planet. We care about our communities and commit to reducing food insecurity in Canada. Join us on the journey. Let’s build a better future, together.

We’re passionate about food. For more than 100 years, we’ve made delicious, healthy protein that Canadians love under iconic national and regional brands, like Maple Leaf®, Schneiders®, and Greenfield Natural Meat Co.® We’re on a journey to become the most sustainable protein company – not just in Canada – but on earth.
  • We are carbon neutral.
  • We are one of the only food companies in Canada to set science-based targets.
  • We aim to reduce our environmental footprint by 50% by 2025.
We’re a global food company with more than 13,500 team members. We operate sites in 20+ locations across Canada. We also have locations in the U.S. and Mexico, and do business in Asia.

A diverse and inclusive work environment

Championing diversity and inclusion is a critical component to advancing our collective purpose and vision and living the Maple Leaf Leadership Values. We believe in building, investing in, recognizing, and rewarding remarkable people who value an inclusive workplace, embrace all forms of diversity, and commit to including every voice in our collaborative environment. We’re so much stronger when we know we’re accepted and valued for who we are and what we each bring to the workplace.

We embrace a strong, values-based culture

Our eight Leadership Values are our north star. They guide the decisions we make for all our stakeholders: our consumers, our customers, our people, our communities, our shareholders, and the environment.
  • Doing What’s Right
  • Shared Value
  • High Performance
  • Diverse and Inclusive Teams
  • Disciplined Decision Making
  • Our Accountability
  • Intense Curiosity
  • Transparency and Humility

Maple Leaf Foods is committed to ensuring the health and safety of all our employees.  As part of this commitment, we have adopted a number of COVID-19 safety measures, including a requirement for all employees to be fully vaccinated by March 31, 2022 and to show proof of vaccination.   In keeping with this policy, successful candidates will need to provide proof of vaccination by March 31, 2022 (or prior to their first day of work if the start date is after March 31, 2022).  We will of course consider accommodations for anyone unable to be vaccinated following human rights and other applicable laws
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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