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FSQA Manager

Guelph, ON

 The Opportunity:

The role of the FSQA and Sanitation Manager is to provide site leadership by ensuring that all products leaving the facility meet the highest standards of food safety and quality. The FSQA and Sanitation Manager acts as an advocate of the customer and consumer by ensuring that their expectations are consistently met and reflect the plant’s capability through approved product specifications, quality standards, and sanitation practices. He/she will ensure that quality systems are built into the manufacturing of products and that auditing systems are in place to audit compliance and to provide feedback or take corrective actions as required. He/she will also ensure that the facility sanitation is executed as per universal food manufacturing standards to ensure production of safe product for the consumer.

Snapshot of a Day-in-the-Life:

  • Provide Quality site leadership and recommendations to the Operations group on quality and food safety related issues. Is responsible for holding and releasing non-conforming product, ingredients, equipment and halting production based on food safety assessments.
  • Provide Sanitation site leadership and recommendations to the 3rd party Sanitation Contractor. Is responsible for monitoring, reporting, and managing key sanitation practices and metrics.
  • Investigate consumer/customer complaints in a thorough and timely manner
  • Site contact for the Pest Control operator
  • Manage the plant FSQA and Sanitation budgets
  • Champion Environmental Initiatives
  • Ensure procedures are effective to optimize food safety, product quality, sanitation consistency and product shelf life
  • Act as the primary in-plant contact for: customers on quality inquiries, CFIA inspectors, plant sanitation vendor and HACCP system audits
  • Act as the primary in –house “crisis management” lead (product recovery)
  • Liaise with MLCF IOC Quality Assurance Group with respect to overall food safety and quality management
  • Develop and maintain a Food Safety Quality Assurance program to ensure product quality and safety with due emphasis to conformance and audits of Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’s).
  • Facilitate and coordinate all employee training in the following areas: GMPs, HACCP, Hygiene, Plant Safety and Sanitation
  • Analysis and trending of data for measured quality, food safety, and sanitation parameters (i.e. environmental swabbing, complaints, pathogen reduction measures)
  • Develop, enhance, execute and champion successful HACCP as the key member of the HACCP team.
  • Contribute as a key member of the Plant Management team in strategic decisions, continuous improvement and Six Sigma initiatives
  • The Quality Assurance Manager will be the point of contact for the local CFIA staff to ensure that the HACCP program conforms to the standards specified by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency
  • Contribute as a key member of the Plant Management team in strategic decisions, continuous improvement and Six Sigma initiatives
  • Effective site quality leader demonstrated through progressive improvements and consistency in the plant’s ability to meet customer/consumer/ regulatory expectations
  • Effective measurement systems utilizing Six Sigma metrics to provide feedback and recommend corrective action in a proactive fashion
  • Professional point of contact for regulatory agencies and customer contacts
  • Be seen as a Leadership Edge Values role model to employees and direct reports

What You’ll Bring:

  • 2 to 5 years experience in a Food Safety Quality Assurance management role in the food industry
  • Post Secondary education in related science field; Microbiology / Food Safety preferred
  • Experience in the food processing industry is a requirement for this position
  • Experience with the development and or maintenance of HACCP plans
  • Working knowledge or exposure to Six Sigma or continuous improvement
  • Ability to set and prioritize goals and objectives and communicate these to peers, subordinates, and senior management
  • Effective written and oral communication
    Detail Conscious with exemplary organizational, analytical, and planning abilities
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word/Excel, Windows
  • Energetic and positive attitude
  • Ability to work effectively in a team or independently in an ever-changing, fast paced environment

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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