Production Manager

Location: Hamilton, ON, Canada
Date Posted: 10-09-2018


Considering a Career at Maple Leaf Foods?

Maple Leaf Foods is Canada’s leading consumer-packaged protein company, headquartered in
Toronto, Ontario. We make high-quality, great tasting, nutritious and innovative food products under leading brands including Maple Leaf®, Maple Leaf Prime®, Maple Leaf Natural Selections®, Schneiders®, Schneiders Country Naturals® and Mina™. Our Company employs approximately 11,000 people in its operations across Canada and exports to more than 20 global markets including the U.S. and Asia.

Our people are passionate about the work they do and the products we make. As we move forward, we are determined to leverage their integrity and passion to continue to build a high-performing, values-based company enabled by high-performing, motivated and talented people.



Reporting to the Operations Leader, the Group Leader will be responsible for a cross-functional team within Wieners or Deli/Bolo. Initially this role will be responsible for supporting a successful start-up. Post start-up this role will be accountable for ensuring lines are running effectively and optimally within their area with a trained team in place at all times.


  • Accountable for production costs, labour utilization, yields, results of operations and cost improvements in their deli/bolo area.
  • Develops employees through certification training and coaching, providing clear roles and consistent support and feedback for all employees.
  • Foster and maintain positive union and employee relations environment by treating all employees with respect, providing timely feedback and grievance resolution.
  • Holds employees accountable and drives performance through key metrics that are tied back to the vision.
  • Develops and drives a strong safety culture (H&S and Food Safety).
  • Continuously seeks ways to improve manufacturing operational results and efficiencies while meeting customer expectations and minimizing waste.
  • Develops a cohesive, competent Team Leader group and plans for development and succession planning.
  • Supports Marketing/Sales with respect to new and existing product development initiatives.
  • Provide oversight and decision making to support the Functional Leader
  • Understand and work with state-of-the-art automation (SAP/MES/SCADA/Equipment HMI).
  • Optimize and ensure execution of weekly and monthly production schedules.
  • Audits processes: People System, FSQA, Reliability predictive practices
  • Conduct weekly team meetings to review KPIs, FS/QA, People, Reliability and CI.
  • Applies knowledge and ensures compliance with CFIA, Ministry of Labour, Ministry of Environment, Health & Safety and other legislative bodies that impact plant performance.
  • Shall demonstrate full commitment to the implementation of the requirements of the Global Standard for Food Safety and to processes which facilitate continual improvement of food safety and quality management.


1. Meet/exceed Food Safety & Product Quality Metrics and requirements
2. Meet/exceed Staff Performance requirements
3. Meet/exceed Safety Scorecard targets

  • Post-secondary education in Operations Management or related field.
  • 7+ years of management experience in a unionized, manufacturing environment.
  • Strong interpersonal, oral and written communication skills.
  • Strong leadership skills, independent thinking, strong organizational and planning abilities and excellent analytical and problem solving skills are essential.
  • Ability to work as a team with all functional areas to support a common goal.

This individual will regularly share information and work closely with various Leaders and functional areas including; Operations Leader, Group Leaders , Employee Services , FS/QA, Reliability and Materials
to ensure their area is running effectively and efficiently.


  • Plant environment
  • A fast paced work environment with multiple, tight and changing priorities.

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.  

Maple Leaf Foods is committed to Employment Equity and maintaining a diverse workforce.  Job applicants with a disability who require reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process can contact our Talent Attraction Team at  Reasonable accommodations will be determined on a case-by-case basis and your request will be responded to as soon as possible.
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