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Director of Finance - Specialty Meat

Laval, QC

 The Opportunity:

The Director of Finance, Specialty Meats is accountable for the Specialty Meats financial management reporting cycle which includes weekly, monthly, and quarterly tracking of results versus budgets and prior forecast, as well as the annual budget and 5 Year Strategy financial plans. Outputs of this role drive key inputs into Maple Leaf’s performance management cycle used by the CEO, COO and CFO. Acts as the business partner to the senior leaders to drive improved business performance in a business with high growth potential.  The position supports 3 key sites and is primarily located in our Laval facility, thereby French language would be an asset.

Snapshot of a Day-in-the-Life:

As the Finance lead for Specialty Meats, some of the exciting responsibilities you will be directly accountable for include:

Weekly/Monthly/Quarterly Cycle

  • Leads weekly Vitals reporting including channel Gross Profit at Standard (GPS), plant variances and KPIs
  • Partners with the reporting team to perform analysis for the business unit, ensures accuracy and completeness of P&L and summarizes financial performance vs. budget for senior management
  • Leads preparation of the monthly Vitals and Full Year Forecast (FYF) and identifies key Risks & Opportunities (R&O) across the facilities and with commercial teams
  • Manages weekly R&O submission to MLF FP&A for review with CEO & CFO and rest of Senior Executive team
  • Prepares quarterly EBIT & External Sales analysis for Finance Leadership team and investor relations

Annual Planning

  • Leads the annual 5-year planning process for Specialty Meats
    • Leads the annual budget process for Specialty Meats including overhead, budgets by location plants, annual review of DPC variances and Direct Labour rates to support Bill of Material  updates
    • Capital plans by location and project type
    • Direct SG&A as well as allocations from MLF

Governance & Controls

  • Reviews and approves Specialty Meats capital expense requests to ensure accuracy, completeness, and compliance with MLF’s capital expenditure & accounting policies
  • Responsible for continuously improving the accuracy and efficiency of reporting and controls with regards to each facilities’ operational reporting and including the pro forma Specialty Meats reporting framework

People/Team Development

  • Manage the productivity and efficiency of a team of approximately 7 people in 3 manufacturing sites
  • Manage the personal development (PAD) process and annual merit increase
  • Develop and implement action plans resulting from the annual people survey process
  • Personal and professional development
  • Succession planning for the team

Position Outcomes

  • Improved profitability through growth in value-added sales & disciplined revenue management practices
  • Plants achieve zero cost increase through ZBB, Continuous Improvement plans and capital investments
  • Proactive identification and communication of key R&Os for review with CEO, CFO and V-P Business Finance.
  • MLF Policies and controls applied throughout areas of responsibility
  • Development of a strong, agile, and responsive finance team that partners with the reporting group and business operators, identifies and helps to manage the key risks inherent in the business

What you’ll Bring:

We are looking for a candidate who is passionate about FP&A, can quickly learn to see “the big picture” of the MLF business and its ecosystem, and will recognize business value drivers and interdependencies behind financial line items. You are analytical, a problem solver, and a driver. Among your strengths are a continuous improvement mindset, bringing forward new ideas, and seeing current state challenges as an opportunity to transform and make an impact. Your approach is collaborative, and you see people as the most important asset of any company and treat them accordingly.

Required Skills, Knowledge, and Attributes

Experience and professional qualifications required for the role.
  • Demonstrated personal leadership skills
  • Influencing others regardless of their level in the organization
  • Work seamlessly across functions within finance and the organization as a whole
  • Acts on convictions, not afraid to take risks, insists on being heard
  • Demonstrated knowledge of all FP & A core competencies with emphasis on forecasting (annual planning process) and standard costing (budget process, variance analysis, BoM updates)
  • Strong business acumen and critical thinking skills
  • Proven evaluator and developer of talent
  • Ability to communicate concisely and precisely both verbally and in written form
  • Exceptional organization leadership, ability to manage time, set priorities and work efficiently under pressure
  • High intellect, can adjust quickly to circumstances without losing sight of own responsibilities and organizational goals
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications
  • Experience in the CPG industry or non-CPG manufacturing environment
  • Contextual knowledge of SAP ERP, SAP BPC, Blackline
  • Experience with full life cycle of Finance systems implementation, including project and change management
  • Bilingual (French/English) would be an asset

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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