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Breeder Service Technician

Edmonton, AB

Breeder Service Technician

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 

Eight core values guide us in everything that we do.
  • Do What’s Right
  • Shared Value
  • High Performance
  • Diverse and Inclusive Teams
  • Disciplined Decision Making
  • Our Accountability
  • Intense Curiosity
  • Transparency and Humility

The Opportunity

 The Breeder Service Technician is a highly technical, on farm hands-on role and is responsible for representing the Hatchery while guiding and influencing Hatching Egg Producers to follow broiler breeder management best practices. The result is the producer and the hatchery maintain and ideally maximize hatching egg quality and volumes.  The Breeder Service Technician maintains open communication with internal and external stakeholders to ensure issues are identified, addressed appropriately, regulations are followed, and animal husbandry and welfare standards are achieved.

A snapshot of some of the exciting things you will lead and do: 

  • Work closely with the hatchery, hatching egg producers, and veterinarians to maintain flock health, production, hatching egg quality, and hatchability.
  • Provide flock management recommendations regarding brooding, feeding, bodyweight, fleshing, disease prevention, egg production/quality, fertility and flock health and welfare.
  • Using the national hatching egg producer quality program (CHEQ), ensure that breeder farms are providing best management recommendations regarding ventilation, water treatment, lighting, litter management and pest control.
  • Establish relationships by working in conjunction with hatching egg producers to ensure best practices are in place and provide feedback to hatchery about farm concerns that may impact results.
  • Responsible to communicate with production coordinator/hatchery manager regarding flock performance for egg supply.
  • Responsible to submit birds or samples to laboratories as required for provincial regulations or under veterinarian direction for bird health and quality programs.
  • Facilitate communications between primary breeder company, Maple Leaf Foods, and hatching egg producers including all necessary paperwork.
  • Monitor and ensure correct vaccination program is being followed, which may include advising producers on vaccine administration, preparing vaccination schedules, and delivery of vaccines.
  • Responsible for collection and submission of samples for salmonella monitoring (AHEP/PIE programs), serology and quality assurance monitoring as directed by the hatchery and the AHEP Salmonella Enteritidis policy.
  • Responsible to develop and follow a visitation/service schedule in consultation with hatching egg producers to meet objectives and production performance and egg quality, including day old placements.
  • Provide field technical servicing to hatching egg producers including, but not limited to blood sampling, bird weighing, environmental swabbing, necropsies, tissue sampling.
  • Responsible to submit documents to meet primary breeder and provincial board requirements.
  • Develop reports for all producer flock records to identify trends, changes, possible challenges and opportunities for improvement. May include, but is not limited to placements, production, and mortality.
  • Technical transfer of management techniques and emerging technologies that improves field performance such as contact with primary breeder companies, other industry organizations, current scientific literature, and industry technical information to understand flock management recommendations based on breed and product advancements.
  • Perform various SAP data processing tasks.
  • Other duties as assigned

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:

  • Post-secondary education, preferably in agricultural, animal science, or related field (or equivalent work experience)
  • Experience working in or with poultry/broiler breeder operations preferred
  • Supply managed commodity experience an asset
  • Strong desire to educate and drive continuous improvement initiatives through the adoption of best practices with excellent interpersonal and influencing skills
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Analytical and reporting skill set with ability to provide recommendations
  • Ability to work independently and in a team environment; be self-motivated and enthusiastic
  • Leadership skills to lead discussions and navigate conflicting ideas and conversations
  • Willingness to develop into role
  • Strong time management and organizational skills  
  • Competency and comfort using Microsoft programs such as Excel, Word, and PowerPoint
  • Willingness to perform physical activity
  • Strong problem-solving skills
  • Ability to work flexible hours - outside of normal working hours
  • Must have a Class 5 driver’s license  

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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