The Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Internal Audit Manager is accountable for the development, planning, and delivery of the MLF OHS internal audit program to ensure compliance with all corporate and legislative requirements. The OHS Internal Audit Manager reports directly to the MLF Vice President, Occupational Health and Safety, and conducts audits on health, safety, and ergonomics at all MLF sites with the ongoing execution of MLF’s OHS Strategy to ensure consistent application throughout the organization.
This position also provides support to the Senior OHS Team/Regional OHS Managers. The OHS support may include participation in various Senior OHS activities, including providing coaching and support to MLF sites to assist the Regional OHS Managers upon their request. The OHS Internal Audit Manager may also support the Senior OHS Team with safety and wellness initiatives to develop safer, healthier, and more efficient ways of working.
To fulfill these objectives the OHS Internal Audit Manager must work effectively with internal stakeholders, focusing on ensuring healthy and safe working conditions and comprehensive emergency response plans.
The Senior OHS Team works as a multi-functional team and supports each team member’s roles. Each team member will lead a central OHS-related program (e.g., internal audit, occupational health, ergonomics, etc.).
- In the absence of a Regional Occupational Health and Safety Manager, the OHS Internal Audit Manager will assist to support their sites.
- Mandatory site visits when there is a fatality, critical injury, serious incident potential, and significant Ministry of Labour investigation.
- At minimum, annual site visits for OHS audit.
Snapshot of a Day-in-the-Life:
- Provide advice to the Senior OHS Team to ensure the audit program is consistent with corporate direction.
- Maintain ongoing contact with site OHS designates to ensure their auditing and follow-up needs are fully considered and to the extent possible met.
- Develop the MLF OHS internal audit program and standard in consideration of corporate and site OHS objectives.
- Present and communicate the MLF OHS internal audit program to the Senior OHS Team and site teams.
- Plan and scope annual site OHS audits.
- Execute individual OHS audits according to general audit standards, including risk and root cause analysis.
- Inform the Senior OHS Team and site OHS designate and site leader/plant manager of any significant issues during the execution of the audits.
- Prepare individual audit reports according to OHS internal audit standard.
- Present audit reports to site teams.
- Present summary reports to the Senior OHS Team of overall audit findings.
- Track and monitor site implementation of corrective actions that result from audit findings.
- Perform follow-up work on individual audit findings and work with the Regional OHS Manager to assess the effectiveness of corrective actions.
- Develop for annual review by the Senior OHS Team the OHS internal audit program for individual audits.
- Work with the site OHS designate to ensure site leaders/plant managers are informed on a timely basis about audit findings at their site.
- Working with the Regional OHS Managers, ensure that effective management responses and corrective action plans are developed on a timely basis.
- Keep the Senior OHS Team updated on internal audit initiatives, compliance requirements, performance targets, and an expectation of continuous improvement.
- Review OHS internal audit program to ensure the audits performed are effective.
- Conduct review of audit files as soon as audits are completed.
- Ensure compliance by teams with all corporate OHS policies, procedures, and standards, as well as site procedures.
- Maintain two-way working relationship with site teams being audited.
- Mentor site OHS designates on auditing.
- Define specific auditing-related tasks for site OHS designates (e.g., site notification of audit, opening and closing audit meetings, document review, interviews, site tour, etc.), which are required to achieve the desired audit results.
- Communicate expectations regarding the collaborative relationship with the site teams and Senior OHS Team.
- OHS auditing to help reduce/eliminate incidents and injuries.
- Maintain OHS audit management system for due diligence purposes.
- Reinforce company values.
- Maintain positive relations with site teams and management during auditing process and follow-up.
- Promote impact of OHS internal audit program on overall OHS initiatives, employee health, and productivity.
What You’ll Bring:
- Minimum 10-15 years of experience in progressively responsible Occupational Health and Safety roles in a manufacturing or process industry.
- 8-10 years of leadership and managerial skills (department and project team management) preferably within a manufacturing or process environment, consistent with company values.
- Solid understanding of OHS management practices, systems, and approaches.
- Solid knowledge of process assessment methodologies.
- Bachelor of Science in Occupational Health and Safety, Certificate or diploma program in Occupational Health and Safety and auditing, or College diploma or university degree in any discipline (with preference to the sciences).
- OHS compliance and management audit experience and qualifications, including associated audit standards, practices, methodologies, training in OHS auditing/certification, etc.
- Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal.
- Comprehensive knowledge of Occupational Health and Safety legislation combined with training in hazard recognition, assessment, and control.
- Sound understanding of corporate MLF OHS policies, procedures, and standards.
- Relevant managerial experience in building and sustaining an effective team of subordinates capable of producing the desired outputs.
- Exceptional interpersonal skills.
- Strong problem-solving and organizational skills.
- Capability of working and interacting with all levels within an organization--to be in a position to influence others.
- Proven ability to deliver positive business results.
- Ability to seek out and apply best practices as solutions to correct deficiencies.
- Considerable tact and discretion required in dealing with employees, managers, and site leadership teams on Occupational Health and Safety issues.
- Strong knowledge and experience in all aspects of Occupational Health and Safety.
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.
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 email@example.com.