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Maintenance Manager

Brampton - Walker Dr., ON

Maintenance Manager

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 Plant Manager or Site Lead, the Maintenance Manager is responsible for implementing corporate policies and standards, and establishing the Maintenance department's long-term strategy in alignment with the corporate Asset Reliability Program to meet corporate and site objectives. The Maintenance Manager is the main enabler to enhance the facility’s performance and implements and manages continuous improvement and modern manufacturing principles by highlighting deficiencies and recommending changes in staffing, training, working practices and processes.

The Maintenance Manager is a knowledgeable Maintenance leader with at least 5 years of experience in a Maintenance management role applying proven Maintenance best practices in a fast pace industrial environment.  A technical diploma is required, while an Engineering degree is preferred. The Manager is familiar with using a CMMS system and with applying Standard Operating Procedures in his/her work. The Manager follows company policies, standards and guidelines as they apply to all activities.

The Manager has strong leadership and communication skills, works well in a team environment, is responsible and is open to change. The person is results oriented and quality driven.

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

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

  • Develop and apply a local Maintenance 3-year plan that incorporates both strategic and budgetary elements in alignment with the corporate Asset Reliability objectives and roadmap. This includes the use of KPI’s, annual and long-term departmental plans, resource projections and communication with peers and senior management. Coach the Maintenance staff to achieve the desired results within the budget envelop.
  • Responsible for completing the annual corporate Asset Reliability maturity assessment with key stakeholders, and for enhancing the program maturity by executing on identified actions.
  • Manage the work identification and optimization process, including the planning, scheduling, execution and follow-up elements as well as the application of life cycle management principles, asset performance monitoring and Maintenance’s participation in supplier relationships. Ensure communication between involved parties, monitor performance and the development and management of corrective action plans.
  • Manage the work prioritization process, monitor and audit Maintenance department performance and work request and work order generation by maintenance and non-maintenance staff.
  • Partner wish Production and Sanitation to maximize the facility’s performance by ensuring good communication for found work and for work status.
  • Manage the maintenance work planning and scheduling processes and ensure proper staffing levels and clear delineation between roles. Audit results and coach as needed.
  • Participate in the weekly planning and scheduling meetings
  • Establish work load criteria to maximize work completion and schedule compliance.
  • Accountable for post Preventive Maintenance (PM) and completed Work Order quality reviews.
  • Manage the maintenance work execution process. Establish and maintain escalation criteria for late work, ensure the presence and use of visual boards and ongoing communication exists between responsible parties.
  • Work with Engineering to identify CapEx projects. Provide guidance to ensure that all new assets are accompanied by the appropriate maintenance strategy.
  • Accountable for the department’s use of formal work identification methodologies in the development and evolution of the maintenance programs and when a significant failure occurs.
  • Establish maintenance strategy (preventive, condition-based, and predictive) equipment data infrastructure (hierarchies, bills of material, criticality, and spares) in SAP.
  • Establish/manage a process to review the existing maintenance strategy (preventive, condition-based, predictive) when the equipment or operating practices change or when the equipment does not meet performance objectives.
  • Accountable for the application of a condition monitoring and predictive technologies to meet the site's business goals and objectives.
  • Accountable for the application of the site's documented equipment life cycle process including use of lifecycle cost models.
  • Responsible for the failure management reporting, reviewing and resolution process.
  • Enable the enhancement of the facility’s performance.
  • Manage the assets performance in alignment with corporate Sustainability and Carbon Management strateg.
  • Develop, document and apply a development and succession plan for all Maintenance roles including a mentor/apprentice program.
  • Ensure that new personnel are provided on the job systems training for the role which they are hired.
  • Define and maintain roles and responsibilities for all roles in the Maintenance Department.
  • Manage performance reviews and goal setting based on the development and succession plan.
  • Lead a formal weekly meeting with Maintenance, MRO and Operations to review downtime and plan the following week's maintenance activities.
  • Manage Maintenance's role in work relations between Maintenance, Reliability, MRO and Operations, Six Sigma and Engineering.
  • Develop a Materials Management strategy designed to support the planned maintenance operations.
  • Conduct regular Materials/Inventory Management and Warehouse Management strategy sessions and manage the warehouse returns process.
  • Manage and support a continuous improvement process within the Maintenance department and in collaboration with other departments.
  • Actively promote the collection and management of knowledge on the equipment health, performance and best practices within the Maintenance department and with other internal and external groups.
  • Accountable for tracking, understanding, and improving departmental KPIs.

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


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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