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Specialist, Asset Reliability

Mississauga, ON

Asset Reliability Specialist

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

 Be part of an organization with a vision to become the most sustainable protein company on earth! Maple Leaf Foods is advancing this collective vision by being guided by core Leadership Values and is the world’s first major carbon neutral food company! As an organization we are also committed to advancing diversity, inclusion and belonging by building, investing in and recognizing teams of remarkable people who value an inclusive workplace, embrace all forms of diversity and commit to include every voice in a highly collaborate environment.

Reporting to the Asset Reliability Program-Sites Manager, the incumbent will be a member of the Asset Reliability Group, a corporate team with a vision is to create a competitive advantage by pursuing a world-class asset performance culture by leveraging best-in-class asset management & reliability practices, technology, and leadership. This team supports all the company's 20+ manufacturing facilities across North America. The incumbent will have the mandate to manage a portfolio of 5-6 manufacturing facilities and support developing and deploying the Maple Leaf Foods Asset Reliability strategy to transition the reliability and maintenance program towards world class.

As part of a larger Asset Reliability Group, the frequent interactions between the Asset Reliability Specialist, maintenance stakeholders at the plants, and corporate cross-functional teams (e.g. information solutions, food safety, finance, engineering, sustainability and operations excellence) will have a significant impact on the day-to-day activities. You will have an impact by maximizing capacity and uptime, increasing customer service, reducing maintenance costs, maximizing asset lifecycle and reducing risk for environment, food safety and health and safety.

In this full-time role you will have an opportunity to be part of the corporate Asset Reliability Group for approximately 18 months then transitioning to a plant maintenance role (e.g. Asset Reliability Planning Specialist, Reliability Engineer or Maintenance Supervisor) within the MLF network. This is an excellent opportunity which will provide a fulsome experience to drive a proactive maintenance and reliability program from corporate to plant level. This role is envisioned to lead into a Leadership level position at the plant post rotation.


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

  • Responsible for a portfolio of 5-6 plants across North America to deploy all Corporate Asset Reliability initiatives across 3 areas:
    1. People
      • Coaching and training the plants on ongoing initiatives; track progress, and ensure training effectiveness
      • Facilitate internal/external training programs across all maintenance employees (technicians, planners, supervisors, managers)
      • Facilitate and coordinate Reliability Shared Groups, Quarterly Asset Reliability Updates, Lunch & Learns
      • Support plants in performing Skill Assessments and drafting development plans for Maintenance Academy
      • Coordinate and draft Monthly Asset Reliability Bulletins
      • Enhance collaboration with other functional teams (IS, Purchasing, Engineering, Finance, Sustainability) through regular check-ins
    2. Process
      • Perform annual Asset Reliability Maturity Assessment/audit, work with the plant management to develop annual action plans to close maturity gaps; support plants in completing action plans; track monthly progress forecast yearend progress status; develop monthly reporting to the 1-up
      • Monitor and track plants’ Control Plans; make corrective actions/recommendation if plants are off track/noncompliance; support plants in staying on target
      • Perform monthly plant check-ins on Action Plans, Control Plans, metrics, capital & reliability projects
      • Liaise between OEM/Corp Project Engineering/Plants to ensure maintenance and lifecycle requirements are provided by the OEM’s on new equipment purchase
      • Enhance or develop maintenance process workflows (e.g. IPSECA workflow) by gathering business requirements, performing gap analysis, developing recommendations and implementing solutions by developing standards, SOPs, guides and delivering training
      • Perform analytics by gathering and analyzing available data from CMMS (SAP Plant Maintenance) and other sources in Excel and other tools using bigdata and data science principles; develop automated Key Performance Indicator (KPI) dashboards and tracking tools using Microsoft PowerBI. Monitor to improve plant performance and identify opportunities for improvements by providing recommendations
      • Participate/facilitate Asset Reliability workshops for failure mode and effect analysis (FMEA), root cause analysis (RCA), preventive maintenance optimization (PMO)
      • Publish weekly downtime reports and insights
    3. Systems
      • Support development and implementation of new technologies such as mobility (iPads), smart glasses, automated visual scheduling tools, building automation systems, asset intelligence management (PdM-IIoT), barcoding and annual SAP enhancements
      • Provide training/support on best practices as it relates CMMS (SAP-EAM) data such as functional location hierarchies, preventive maintenance routines and equipment bill of materials

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:

  • Engineering degree in a related field from an accredited university (official transcripts required) is required
  • Experience with implementing and/or demonstrated knowledge of best practice maintenance and reliability concepts is required
  • Registration, or eligibility to immediately register with PEO (EIT or P.Eng.) is required
  • Minimum 2 years of relevant experience is required
  • Project management experience or PMP designation is highly desirable
  • Experience with Computerized Maintenance Management Systems (CMMS) is required
  • Advanced software skills in Microsoft Office applications is required
  • Experience with Programming languages or analytical platforms/tools is an asset
  • Must be a self-starter, high energy, superb communication, public speaking & interpersonal skills
  • Must have a continuous improvement mindset, thrive on innovative/critical thinker with intense curiosity challenging the status quo
  • Must be highly results oriented, extremely organized, and capable of working independently while managing multiple priorities
  • Must be an outstanding team player/team builder to maintain strong working relationships
  • Must be highly adaptable to constant change and comfortable in a very fast-paced environment
  • Must be able to discuss concepts, manage change, and influence decision making
  • Must excel in writing, presenting, and discussing technical concepts fluently in English; French language is an asset

Working Conditions:

  • Environment – Hybrid which includes working from home, office and plants
  • Volume & Complexity of Work – Moderate complexity, fast-paced, multiple deadlines, customer focused
  • Travel Requirements – up to 50% travel; must be able to provide own means of transportation to and from working locations
  • Physical Requirements – None
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.

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