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Sr. Learning and Development Specialist

Mississauga - Financial Dr., ON

 The Opportunity:

Reporting to the Manager of Learning & Development, the Sr. Learning and Development Specialist plays a pivotal role in supporting MLF’s Leadership learning programs. This individual will be instrumental in the design, development, coordination, delivery, and evaluation of various learning initiatives across the organization. The role requires a proactive approach to enhance the learning experience, ensuring that all programs are aligned with MLF’s strategic objectives and contribute to the development of its leaders while also building strong partnerships across the business.

Any MLF team member interested in being considered for this role are encouraged to apply online by May 24. Applications received beyond that date are not guaranteed consideration.

Snapshot of a Day-in-the-Life:

Program Management and Execution: 
  • Ensuring our programming is in demand and relevant.
  • Manage the life cycle of learning programs, including coordinating participants, logistics, supporting facilitators, and facilitating content where necessary.
  • Evaluate, track, and report on all training regarding attendance, engagement, completion, and success rates.
  • Develop and execute engaging training communications for campaigns, calendars, and individual stakeholders to increase awareness and demand for our programming.
Strategic Analysis and Planning:
  • Work with leaders within the business to identify knowledge and skill gaps.
  • Develop solutions that consider learner persona, objectives, business constraints, and available resources while applying adult learning principles and instructional design techniques.
  • Proactively seek out the latest talent research best practices and identify key trends that will inform current and future learning programs.
Collaboration and Relationship Building: 
  • Collaborate with other learning, HR team members, and learning partners to deliver organizational objectives.
  • Partner and build close and meaningful relationships with key stakeholders.
  • Build connections and work with vendors to ensure programming is relevant, meets our objectives, and is delivering what is expected.
Continuous Improvement
  • Identify issues and/or recommend program improvements to ensure programs are delivered efficiently, and participants experience a high-quality learning program that delivers business outcomes.
  • Lead complex projects through the entire project life cycle, including course/program development and implementation.
Content Design and Development: 
  • Design and develop effective and engaging content and materials, employing recognized adult learning principles.
  • Work with functional subject-matter-experts to ensure the content is reflective of current business practices and addresses existing skill gaps.
  • Collaborate with outside vendors to ensure the successful delivery of content and/or key programs.

What You’ll Bring:

  • 3-5 years of experience in managing the life cycle of learning programs
  • Action orientated and proactive, taking the initiative on areas of responsibility
  • Demonstrated ability to build strong relations with clients within the business and work collaboratively and communicate effectively with key cross-functional business stakeholders across all levels.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills including writing, listening, speaking, and facilitating
  • Effective listening skills, seeking to understand the full context, expected end state to deliver what is expected
  • Strong attention to detail, prioritization and organizational skills to support multiple projects and priorities simultaneously
  • Proven ability to deliver in a fast-paced, dynamic business environment
  • Highly motivated and results-driven, with high energy and resilience
College or University degree in training, adult learning, or organizational behavior or equivalent certification in adult learning principles (CSTD) is preferred

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

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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