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Sites Asset Reliability Manager

Mississauga - Financial Dr., ON

 The Opportunity:

Reporting to the Head of Asset Management and Reliability, this role is part of the Asset Reliability Group (ARG) at Maple Leaf Foods. The ARG is responsible for manufacturing reliability and maturity of the Maple Leaf network of facilities across Canada and US. The team develops and executes strategies for reliability, asset management, and maintenance to achieve world-class performance.

This role advances plant-level asset reliability (AR) programs, focusing on site reliability, MRO management, and enhancing plant maintenance maturity. Goals include reducing mechanical/electrical downtime, optimizing maintenance costs, minimizing safety risks, and extending asset lifecycles. The incumbent leads a team of asset reliability specialists.

This highly visible position requires a strong customer focus and involves frequent interactions, negotiations, presentations, and direct engagement with various stakeholders at plants and corporate including plant maintenance managers, plant managers, vice presidents, and leaders in cross-functional groups (e.g., Information Solutions, Engineering, Operations Excellence, Procurement, Food Safety, Sanitation, and Finance).

Asset reliability experience is a must have, along with strong independent judgment, hands-on plant experience, analytical skills, large-scale project management, effective decision-making, stakeholder management, and excellent communication and presentation skills.

Any MLF team member interested in being considered for this role are encouraged to apply online by July 16, 2024. Applications received beyond that date are not guaranteed consideration.

Snapshot of a Day-in-the-Life:

  • Lead and manage the deployment and sustainment of asset reliability programs at the plant level, collaborating with cross-functional teams, while coaching maintenance staff, tracking progress, and ensuring effective implementation and controls.
  • Support plant maintenance teams in identifying reliability risks and bad actors to reduce mechanical and electrical downtime, establish action plans, monitor progress, and provide execution support.
  • Own the MRO optimization program and coaching; develop and implement best practices, including tools and process improvements along with control plans to sustain results.
  • Conduct plant maintenance maturity assessments, guide improvement steps, assist in creating and executing gap-closure action plans, and track and report monthly progress.
  • Lead a team of asset reliability specialists, providing coaching and guidance to advance their development
  • Deliver on the ARG annual plan, long-term strategic roadmap, targets, and priorities.
  • Oversee and report on strategic asset reliability projects, lead analytics, and communicate insights to key stakeholders
  • Acts as a subject matter expert in balancing risks and costs for equipment reliability, utilizing preventive maintenance optimization and KPIs.
  • Provide reliability due diligence inputs for new builds, mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures.
  • Stay informed of emerging trends and innovations in reliability engineering and asset management
  • Perform other related activities as assigned

What You’ll Bring:

  • University degree in a technical, engineering, or STEM fields
  • Minimum 8 years of experience in asset reliability, maintenance, or operational excellence roles in fast-paced manufacturing or industrial environments.
  • Technical consulting or experience in client-facing or site support roles.
  • Experience managing corporate-level projects and multi-site/plant deployment of asset reliability initiatives with complex change management.
  • Demonstrated leadership and people management skills, and ability to coach/develop a high-performing team.
  • Knowledge of asset reliability principles, methodologies, and best practices (e.g., RCM, FMEA, RCA)
  • Knowledge of MRO inventory management, monitoring, optimization, and best practices
  • Experience with Computerized Maintenance Management Systems (CMMS), with a preference for SAP
  • Proactive, results-oriented, organized, and proficient at managing multiple priorities
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to influence and engage stakeholders at all levels of the organization.
  • Must thrive on working with people and being service and customer oriented.
  • Advanced software skills in Excel, PowerPoint, Word, and Visio
  • Professional Engineering Association Membership (P.Eng.); Six Sigma training and/or MBA
  • Knowledge of Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP), food safety and health & safety requirements
  • Familiarity with reporting and analytical platforms, such as Power BI, and financial modeling
  • Continuous improvement mindset, critical thinker challenging the status quo, and passionate about operational excellence

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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