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Guelph, ON

 The Opportunity:

The Microbiologist is responsible for generating reports, coordinating training, technical analysis, developing lab and proficiency testing schedules, while participating in both project work and auditing. This includes following occupational health and safety standards and supporting the laboratory programs through good laboratory practices. They are organized, have a high attention to detail, and can work professionally in a fast paced and dynamic environment under minimal supervision

Any MLF team member interested in being considered for this role are encouraged to apply online by April 12. Applications received beyond that date are not guaranteed consideration.

Snapshot of a Day-in-the-Life:

  • Report Generation: Review, approve, issue, and distribute laboratory reports, including email notifications to the appropriate distribution lists and/or customers.
  • Training and Proficiency testing: Gathering and analyzing information to design, develop, and deliver new training programs that are efficient, and effective. Performing training needs analysis by assessing the skill level, performance, and competence of each trainee. Conduct validation activities such as parallel testing, quizzes and ensuring competency through demonstration. Actively participate in the scheduling, performance, and technical proficiency reviews of the laboratory technical staff.
  • High Level Analysis: Maintains an in-depth understanding in analytical methodologies, techniques, procedures and analyzes/interprets technical data that is generated by the laboratory.
  • Adapt and/or improve existing laboratory techniques and methods; may write, update, and review analytical procedure protocols (SOP’s), validations, verifications, measurement of uncertainty reports, project reports.
  • Scheduling: Organizing the daily workflow of the lab through the prioritization of analysis, project work and proficiency testing and adjusting the schedule for any staffing issues.
  • Auditor: Conduct and/or participate in internal and external audits. Identify non-conformances, perform and/or assign investigations using root cause analysis ensuring the implementation of audit recommendations and staff compliance.
  • Projects: Design and implement viable experiments for investigative projects. This includes the development of the experimental design, conducting the investigation, and forming conclusions. Creating a summary report which includes raw data, project hours and supply usage.
  • Perform technical staff duties during high volume work periods and/or during staff shortages.
  • Responsible for the delegation of the laboratory daily workload and assign daily priorities to ensure testing turnaround time (TAT) meets the needs of the company.
  • Assist in the training of newly hired laboratory staff.
  • Environmental Monitoring Program: Responsible for conducting the environmental monitoring plan for pathogen testing and air quality checks for the laboratory including test result collation, record keeping and associated corrective action plans.

What You’ll Bring:

  • Microbiology: Minimum: B.Sc. or Technical Diploma in relevant sciences; Microbiology (preferred) or Biology/Food Science with emphasis on food/environmental biology. Minimum 4 years of work experience in a microbiology laboratory or food industry.
  • Strong organizational capability and comfortable with routine work
  • Competent computer skills
  • Candidate must be business, results, and values oriented, work as part of a functional team, abide by the company’s Code of Business Conduct, be able to display impartiality and be an exceptional fit with our Maple Leaf Leadership values.

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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