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Maintenance Planner

Brantford, ON

Maintenance Planner

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

 Reporting to the Maintenance Manager, the Planner is the “quarterback” of the Maintenance department and plays a key role in managing and coordinating Work Management activities. The Planner develops comprehensive maintenance job plans that facilitate the safe and effective execution of work. Develops timely schedules of the comprehensive job plans, ensuring the maximum use of maintenance manpower, availability of parts and minimized interruption to Production. The Planner must understand the concept of ’Doing the right work at the right time for the right reasons.’ The Planner is experienced and trained in planning and scheduling techniques, is a capable CMMS system and MS Office User and familiar with applying Standard Operating Procedures in his/her work. The Planner follows company policies, standards and guidelines as they apply to all activities.

The Planner is an experienced Maintenance Planning and Scheduling Specialist with at least 5 years of experience in applying proven Maintenance best practices in an industrial environment.  A journeyman's ticket, PMP and/or related technical diploma are highly preferred. 
The Planner has strong leadership and communication skills, works well in a team environment, is responsible and reliable, and is open to change. The person is very organized, structured, results oriented and quality driven.

The Maintenance Planner promotes and maintains a safe working environment through compliance with MLF’s Health and Safety Program. This includes Food Safety and Environmental compliance.

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:

  • Ensure the work prioritization process is adhered to.
  • Review Work Requests for accuracy, duplication and convert to Work Orders.
  • Prioritize corrective work derived from preventive maintenance (PM) work orders (WO) with high priority.
  • Plan and schedule work requests originating in SAP that are not prioritized as an emergency or break-in work.
  • Develop comprehensive, thorough maintenance job plans that facilitate the safe and effective execution of work.
  • Determine the scope, general strategy (repair/replace) and coordination requirements of work.
  • Create a scheduling horizon that is at least 4 weeks.
  • Provide support to all shifts to ensure adherence to the schedule.
  • Route non-emergency Work orders for approval at the correct organizational level against defined acceptance criteria based on the business risk.
  • Create, use and maintain plant history and other technical files to include information in current job plans to anticipate and avoid job delays.
  • Develop condition-based monitoring routes, load levels, and seed dates.
  • Review, update and optimize PM routes and bills of materials (BOMs) in SAP.
  • Maintain progress charting systems (Gantt charts, Flow diagrams) for the scheduling function.
  • Develop Work Order standard jobs for repetitive work.
  • Increasing team productivity by removing all obstacles to executing the work safely, correctly and with minimum downtime and effort. Adopt the concept of eyes on the job and eyes on the parts.
  • Work with stores to ensure the availability of parts / materials to execute work.
  • Ensure the maximum use of maintenance manpower and minimize production disruptions.
  • Lead scheduling meetings where Maintenance interventions are synchronized with Production according to business needs.
  • Develop schedule loading and publish a 4-week horizon schedule with the understanding of manpower availability, operational requirements and a knowledge of time, cost and quality estimating.
  • Lead post PM and completed Work Order quality reviews.
  • Create appropriate equipment files to ensure timely updates with relevant maintenance and repair histories.
  • Review and regularly update all maintenance backlogs.
  • Provide technical assistance as required for maintenance personnel in executing the work.
  • Monitor parts/materials from point of order until staging.
  • Develop extended schedules that facilitate the 3-year Plan.
  • Maintain up to date visual boards utilized in the workshop so all parties can see daily work scope and weekly KPI's.
  • From time recorded against the WO, calculate wrench time for each work group.
  • Coordinate the arrival of materials, people, parts, and equipment to the job site so that they are on time and available in the logical order per the scheduled work plan.
  • Ensure that job feedback, part and procedural problems identified during Work Execution are used to update procedures and enhance future execution.
  • Analyze planned and completed WO and solicit input from key staff in improving current and future job plans.
  • Work with Engineering to integrate Capital (CapEx) project changes into the asset hierarchy, BOMs and PMs.
  • Review physical asset hierarchy in SAP as part of the process when an asset is modified, a new asset is installed, or an asset is relocated or discarded.
  • Review/update documents in SAP in conjunction with a change to the physical hierarchy.
  • Criticality ranking, priority, due date and age of the WO are used to prioritize work to be planned and scheduled.
  • Apply simple lifecycle costing (LLC) strategy when deciding between maintain, overhaul or replacing components.
  • Plan and schedule within budgeted overtime limits.
  • Forecast and review resource needs based on an integrated Production Schedule and backlog data.
  • Participate in the Maintenance department’s continuous improvement and knowledge collection efforts.
  • Collect and track KPIs related to the planning and scheduling function.
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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