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Director OES - Six Sigma

Hamilton, ON

A Sustainable, Forward Thinking Protein Company
Maple Leaf Foods is a leading meat and plant-based protein company, employing over 11,500 people and publicly traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange. We are proud of our roots, which trace back well over 100 years, but our vision and purpose are decidedly forward looking. As we pursue our vision to become the most sustainable protein company on earth, we are committed to creating shared value – creative business value through addressing some of the world’s most critical social and environmental challenges. Our goal is to build a more sustainable food system, which provides nutritious affordable food, operates within planetary limits, cares for animals responsibly, and meaningfully engages with our communities to advance a more just society. We are advancing bold changes within Maple Leaf and more broadly within society to pursue our vision. We deeply believe this is the sustainable path to growth.
Our job is to make great food
Maple Leaf Foods embraces a strong values-based culture, where our people are deeply engaged in work that is purposeful, fast-paced and challenging.  We cultivate an open, non-bureaucratic and inclusive workplace that fosters safety and transparency, along with individual leadership and accountability. Each Maple Leaf team member has a voice and plays an active role in helping all of us achieve our goals with passion and discipline. We support one another to grow professionally, to learn new skills and to take on challenging experiences in the spirit of continuous improvement.
Raise the Good in Food
We have united behind a shared purpose – to Raise the Good in Food. This spans a dramatic transformation of our flagship Maple Leaf brand, replacing anything artificial with simple, natural ingredients; investments and process changes to reduce our environmental footprint by 50% by 2025; building a diverse and inclusive culture where all talent thrives; becoming a leader in animal care; and advancing food security through our charitable foundation, the Maple Leaf Centre for Action on Food Security.
Our Leadership Values

  • Six core values guide us in everything that we do.
  • Do what’s right
  • Deliver winning results
  • Build collaborative teams
  • Get things done in a fact-based, disciplined way
  • Learn and grow, inwardly and outwardly
  • Dare to be transparent, passionate and humble
Director OES - Six Sigma​
The Opportunity:

 The Continuous Improvement (CI) Leader is a key leadership role on the Maple Leaf Foods (MLF) Hamilton (Heritage) Plant Leadership Team. Responsibilities for this role include; creating a performance driven, continuous improvement culture at all levels within the plant, building skill and capability of the Plant Operations Team to apply Lean-Six Sigma tools in the pursuit of ongoing Continuous Improvement. Reporting to the VP, OES-Six Sigma and accountable to the Heritage Site Leader, this role has overall accountability to partner directly with the plant leadership team to identify Critical Business Needs and associated action plans ensuring the use of Lean-Six Sigma methodology and tools to drive continuous improvement.  Responsible for site deployment of the MLF Operations Excellence program including making performance and opportunities visible through the establishment of cascading plant metrics and effective operating rhythms from the site leadership team to shop-floor level, as well as the development and management of the site’s CI plan. 
Six Sigma is foundational to our culture of discipline.  It is how Maple Leaf Foods improves business processes and drives performance.  It is the way we solve problems and implement significant change.  Continuous Improvement Leaders provide the methods and tools to enable the business to improve processes and solve complex problems using analytics. The person in this role is expected to have an understanding of process management principles and process improvement methods including Operations Excellence (Lean Manufacturing). This role is recognized as an opportunity to develop our next operations leaders. 
A snap shot of some of the exciting things you will lead and do:
  • Understand and support execution of site objectives. Assist Site Leadership team with the identification and quantification of Critical Business Needs (CBN) and primary opportunities for improvement
  • Liaise with plant leadership team to connect financial indicators (OH, material and labor costs) to operational indicators (OEE, labor efficiency, material usage) and cascades these down to line and equipment targets;
  • Facilitate the development and execution of the site CI plan including project pipeline, driving the overall progress and status of the plan.
  • Ensure cross-functional teams are utilizing the appropriate improvement methodology (Six Sigma, Lean, OpEx tools) including training on tools, application support as required and coaching Operations Leaders in their application building capability with broader site team.
  • Process owner for plant performance management system (operational metrics) including Line Performance, Intelligence and automated down time reporting.
  • Coaches other functional leaders on using data driven decision making, sampling, risk analysis, testing and inspection frequencies, Six Sigma, Lean and OpEx methodology & Quality tools.
  • Facilitate OEE Continuous Improvement process with cross-functional site teams including setting of annual OEE improvement targets and facilitating weekly status reviews and action planning.
  • Conduct business case and risk analysis as required. Provide CI Project Management support utilizing DMADV / PDCA framework.
  • Research and apply functional best practices within project scope.
  • Ensure sustainable results through application of change management and pragmatic control plans.   
  • Support Site Leaders in deployment of Operations Excellence framework including annual baseline assessment and pillar team deployment. Lead the Waste Elimination teams to build operator skills at identifying and eliminating waste.               
  • Assist with the identification and quantification of major opportunity areas, including the re-application of learning across MLF.               
  • Build strong teams and work collaboratively with peers and stakeholders, while ensuring others are held accountable for their contributions. Periodic travel may be required for training or project work.  
What we have to offer you:
  • Be part of a company with an inspiring and unique vision, with a deep commitment to sustainability and expanding its leadership in sustainable protein across North America
  • Professional and career development opportunities, supported by our commitment to talent development through our partnership with the Ivey School of Business. 
  • Competitive Health and Wellness benefits that start on your first day of employment
  • Defined Contribution Pension Plan
  • Commitment to Learning – courses, resources and tools provided to all employees
  • Employee Assistance Program
 What you will bring:
  • A University degree (BSc. Engineering or Operations Management).
  • Black Belt Certification or Lean Implementation Certification is a requirement
  • Minimum 8 to 10 years of full-time Continuous Improvement work experience in manufacturing or supply chain, as well as commercial, finance or other transactional functions is an asset. 
  • Demonstrated ability to inspire teams to deliver winning results against organizational priorities.
  • Track record of developing, coaching and leading teams of indirect and direct reports.
  • Demonstrated ability to take a “roll up your sleeves” hands-on approach leading the team with a deep understanding of the manufacturing process at the line – equipment level and Lean-Six Sigma approach to process improvement.          
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.  Demonstrates the Maple Leaf Foods Value of “getting things done in a fact-based way”. Has routinely applied Lean-Six Sigma tools (Value Stream Mapping, Kaizen, 5S, Gemba, DMAIC, PDCA) to identify and eliminate waste and improve performance. 
  • Strong ability to communicate effectively (verbal and written) with all levels of the organization, including senior leadership.                
  • Demonstrated ability to effect behavioural change through influence using Change Management methodologies.
  • Experience leading a significant cultural change.                 
  • Has led and/or coached prior manufacturing continuous improvement projects. Considered a strong coach on continuous improvement concepts. Is able to teach the Operations team to apply core CI Lean-Six Sigma tools.
  • Experience in leading complex projects that require strong leadership, initiative, and change management is a requirement.                       
  • Demonstrated ability to implement and teach Lean Methodologies and Operational Excellence with a high degree of knowledge transfer and adoption on the part of the Operations Team.

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 accommodations@mapleleaf.com.  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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