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Maintenance Planner

Saskatoon, SK

 The Opportunity:

Reporting to the Maintenance Manager/Planning Manager, the Planner is the “quarterback” of the Maintenance department and plays a key role in managing and coordinating Work Management activities. The Planner develops comprehensive maintenance job plans that facilitate the safe and effective execution of work. Develops timely schedules of the comprehensive job plans, ensuring the maximum use of maintenance manpower, availability of parts and minimized interruption to Production.  The Planner must understand the concept of ’Doing the right work at the right time for the right reasons.’ The Planner is experienced and trained in planning and scheduling techniques, is a capable CMMS system and MS Office User and familiar with applying Standard Operating Procedures in his/her work. The Planner follows company policies, standards and guidelines as they apply to all activities.

The Planner is an experienced Maintenance Planning and Scheduling Specialist with at least 5 years of experience in applying proven Maintenance best practices in an industrial environment.  A journeyman's ticket, PMP and/or related technical diploma are highly preferred. 

The Planner has strong leadership and communication skills, works well in a team environment, is responsible and reliable, and is open to change. The person is very organized, structured, results oriented and quality driven.
The Maintenance Planner promotes and maintains a safe working environment through compliance with MLF’s Health and Safety Program. This includes Food Safety and Environmental compliance.

Any MLF team member interested in being considered for this role are encouraged to apply online by March 14. Applications received beyond that date are not guaranteed consideration.

Snapshot of a Day-in-the-Life:

  • Ensure the work prioritization process is adhered to.
  • Review Work Requests for accuracy, duplication and convert to Work Orders.
  • Prioritize corrective work derived from preventive maintenance (PM) work orders (WO) with high priority.
  • Plan and schedule work requests originating in SAP that are not prioritized as an emergency or break-in work.
  • Develop comprehensive, thorough maintenance job plans that facilitate the safe and effective execution of work.
  • Determine the scope, general strategy (repair/replace) and coordination requirements of work.
  • Create a scheduling horizon that is at least 4 weeks.
  • Route non-emergency Work orders for approval at the correct organizational level against defined acceptance criteria based on the business risk.
  • Create, use and maintain plant history and other technical files to include information in current job plans to anticipate and avoid job delays.
  • Develop condition-based monitoring routes, load levels, and seed dates.
  • Review, update and optimize PM routes and bills of materials (BOMs) in SAP.
  • Maintain progress charting systems (Gantt charts, Flow diagrams) for the scheduling function.
  • Develop Work Order standard jobs for repetitive work.
  • Visit the site with the goal of increasing team productivity by removing all obstacles to executing the work safely, correctly and with minimum downtime and effort. Adopt the concept of eyes on the job and eyes on the parts.
  • Work with stores to ensure the availability of parts / materials to execute work.
  • Ensure the maximum use of maintenance manpower and minimize production disruptions.
  • Lead scheduling meetings where Maintenance interventions are synchronized with Production according to business needs.
  • Develop schedule loading and publish a 4-week horizon schedule with the understanding of manpower availability, operational requirements and a knowledge of time, cost and quality estimating.
  • Lead post PM and completed Work Order quality reviews.
  • Create appropriate equipment files to ensure timely updates with relevant maintenance and repair histories.
  • Review and regularly update all maintenance backlogs.
  • Provide technical assistance as required for maintenance personnel in executing the work.
  • Monitor parts/materials from point of order until staging.
  • Develop extended schedules that facilitate the 3-year Plan.
  • Maintain up to date visual boards utilized in the workshop so all parties can see daily work scope and weekly KPI's.
  • From time recorded against the WO, calculate wrench time for each work group.
  • Coordinate the arrival of materials, people, parts, and equipment to the job site so that they are on time and available in the logical order per the scheduled work plan.
  • Ensure that job feedback, part and procedural problems identified during Work Execution are used to update procedures and enhance future execution.
  • Analyze planned and completed WO and solicit input from key staff in improving current and future job plans.
  • Work with Engineering to integrate Capital (CapEx) project changes into the asset hierarchy, BOMs and PMs.
  • Review physical asset hierarchy in SAP as part of the process when an asset is modified, a new asset is installed, or an asset is relocated or discarded.
  • Review/update documents in SAP in conjunction with a change to the physical hierarchy.
  • Criticality ranking, priority, due date and age of the WO are used to prioritize work to be planned and scheduled.
  • Apply simple lifecycle costing (LLC) strategy when deciding between maintain, overhaul or replacing components.
  • Plan and schedule within budgeted overtime limits.
  • Forecast and review resource needs based on an integrated Production Schedule and backlog data.
  • Participate in the Maintenance department’s continuous improvement and knowledge collection efforts.
  • Collect and track KPIs related to the planning and scheduling function.

What You’ll Bring:

  • 2 years of study in a related field, technical school diploma, university or equivalent, plus a trade, apprenticeship or operating training
  • Highly organized individual capable of managing multiple projects in a fast paced environment.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  •  Intermediate to advanced Microsoft Office computer skills.  Individuals with SAP knowledge are preferred
  • Maintenance Planning experience in a manufacturing 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

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.

Disclaimer:  Please note that salaries posted on sites other than the MLF Careers Page are not a reflection of Maple Leaf Foods and are an estimated salary range provided by that particular job board.  Maple Leaf Foods offers competitive wages and an attractive total rewards package, which will be discussed during an interview with our Talent Team.


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