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Digital Innovation Analyst

Mississauga, ON

The Opportunity:

Join the Digital Innovation team and apply your curiosity with emerging technology, improving user experience and agile methodology skills to create shared value. Explore new digital concepts and different applications of technologies to embrace a digital future across our business. Recent initiatives have included: AR/VR, Chatbot, Path to Paperless (digital process transformation) and user experience assessments on custom apps.
This role is a full-time position reporting to the Manager, Digital Innovation in Information Technology (IT). Enjoy flexible hybrid working arrangements with regular weekly time in the office at the Meadowvale campus located in Mississauga, ON

Snapshot of a Day-in-the-Life:

  • Manage communications plans to foster an innovate culture, producing a mix of articles, webinars and podcasts
  • Prepare demonstrations, and co-ordinate proof of concepts (POC) to evaluate the value and viability to scale new digital solutions
  • Assess new and upcoming technologies, summarize research findings in white papers
  • Conduct user-centered research through interviews, observations, surveys, etc.
  • Support project agile methodology execution
  • Produce supporting documentation such as user stories, process/journey maps, mockups or wireframes to convey business requirements and functionality
  • Prepare test cases and facilitate user acceptance and performance testing
  • Monitor adoption and sustained benefits of the new digital tools, adjusting change management as required
  • Mentor co-op student team members on their term assignments
  • Administer Brightidea, the enterprise idea management platform, configuring campaigns to crowdsource submissions
  • Collaborate with innovation ecosystem partners such as academia or other non-profits on special assignments

What You’ll Bring:

  • Interests in emerging technology and innovation subjects which progress user experience
  • Driven self-starter, strong interpersonal skills, and collaborative nature
  • Strong project management skills, competency with applying agile methodology and general change management principles beneficial
  • Strong empathy, able to relate to a variety of stakeholders from frontline workers to leadership audiences
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, video editing a bonus – unbiased, can craft and deliver illustrative storytelling presentations and relatable to a non-tech audience.  
  • Understanding of UX design principles good to have
  • Solid business acumen with an understanding of technology lifecycle, total cost of ownership (TCO) and business case development
  • Experienced with Microsoft 365 productivity and collaboration tools, e.g. Teams, Office/PowerPoint, Visio, SharePoint, etc.
  • 1-3 years professional work experience in technology related field
  • Post-secondary degree in computer technology, user experience, business management or other relevant programs or experiences

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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