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HACCP Team Leader

Hamilton, ON

 The Opportunity:

As part of Maple Leaf Food’s FSQA team, the HACCP Team Leader is responsible for the day-to-day maintenance, ongoing review, and continuous improvement of the documented quality assurance and food safety programs such as; Food Safety Enhancement Program (FSEP), Prerequisite Programs, Hazard Analysis & Critical Control Point (HACCP) Plans, and Standard Operating Food Safety Procedures. Positions reporting into this role include QA Systems (SAP/MES) and Quality Auditor, helping this individual lead, coach and support training programs that embed and sustain our food safety/quality culture and audit readiness on a daily basis.

Snapshot of a Day-in-the-Life:

  • Building strong relationships with peers, internal suppliers and internal customers.
  • Works closely with site leadership team ensuring constant site audit readiness.
  • Responsible for HACCP maintenance, ongoing HACCP reassessment, monitoring and verification.
  • Identify any Food Safety and HACCP-related Work Notifications or Non-Conformances generated from Interior Premises Audits, Sanitation Monitoring, Pre-op inspections, 3rd Party audits, or any Food Safety failures.
  • Maintain an attitude of continuous process improvement and training of employees at hourly and salary levels. Includes new employee training and updating Food Safety and Quality training programs as required.
  • Maintain, update and ensure consistent execution of current QA programs and internal SOPs.
  • Assemble and lead annual HACCP reassessment team.
  • Conduct pre-requisite program reassessment and audits.
  • Lead BRC and assist other third party audits (CVS, HACCP, FSQMS or customer) and prepare/coach cross functional managers before and during these audits.
  • Ensure required process validations are current, accurate and complete.
  • Assist FSQA Leader in changes, product launches, and regulatory changes, as required.
  • Assist with Root Cause Analysis and Investigation and Response to Customer and Consumer complaints.
  • Provide back-up support to FSQA Team.
  • Participate in projects and meetings as required.
  • To perform other duties as assigned.

What You’ll Bring:

The successful candidate will be results-oriented, thrive in a fast paced, demanding environment, and have the ability to develop positive working relationships with all employees. Candidates must have:
  • University degree or college diploma preferably in Chemistry, Microbiology, Food Science or a related discipline.
  • Understanding of HACCP, CCP’s and GMP’s. HACCP Trained and certified preferred.
  • Supervisory experience 3+ years in FSQA within a food manufacturing environment, preferably in a unionized setting. 
  • Experience in basic food chemistry, basic microbiology, allergen controls, auditing, GFSI/BRC, sanitary design and HACCP principles. 
  • Certified Internal BRC Auditor is an asset.
  • Ability to manage and build a team independently. 
  • Demonstrated ability to forge partnerships with multiple cross-functional areas, (i.e. Operations, Maintenance, Sanitation) to enhance compliance, efficiency and productivity. 
  • Knowledge of industry related quality systems and inspection programs.
  • Ability to address and manage collaborative relationship with CFIA.
  • Proven leadership skills with ability to effectively communicate to all levels of internal and external organizations.
  • Detail and results oriented. 
  • Very strong interpersonal skills. 
  • Strong ability to communicate (i.e. read, speak and write) in English. 
  • Proficient in MS Office tools (Excel and Word).

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.
  • 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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