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Formulator

Saskatoon, SK

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

Formulator is an important part of the Materials team in that they are responsible for insuring the plant has enough raw materials to run production and at the same time managing those materials, so disposals of materials is minimal. The Formulator makes sure that we are minimizing costs by using the least cost raw materials to make preblends and finished product - using Maple Leaf Foods Formulation Software (Format).

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

  • Manage raw material inventories
  • Produce daily formulations from Format computer program
  • Run weekly production requirements for raw materials based on production plans
  • Communicate closely with Procurement to insure plant requirements are met either by increasing or decreasing raw material orders
  • Produce stock transfer orders from storage warehouse for raw materials
  • Manage tempering raw materials with 3rd party storage
  • Communicate substitutions to production when the called for raw material is not available and or re-formulates
  • Part of the team that investigates non-compliance production issues
  • Produce Process Orders for production from SAP
  • Set up preblending raw material requirements for the next day production
  • Entering in raw material and WIP inventory counts into SAP
  • Role works during the day but may require occasional work on an off shift and on weekends based on business requirements
  • Cross-training within scheduling and/or materials department to cover for vacations is required
  • Maximizing frozen raw material usages in formulations and preblends when cost effective
  • Plant fill rate and conformance targets with regards to having enough materials to satisfy production demands and schedule
  • Running least cost formulations to targeted cost savings
  • Measurable reduction in tankage of raw materials
  • Other Continuous Improvement projects

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:

  • Excellent computer skills – Specifically MS Excel
  • Ability to learn new computer applications – SAP & Format (Formulation Software)
  • Some post-secondary education would be an asset, preferably in business or food science
  • Meat science background would be an asset
  • Ability to make quick decisions in a fast paced production environment
  • A strong sense of urgency and the drive to solve complex problems and drive efficiency
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision
  • Strong mathematical knowledge and skills
 

Maple Leaf Foods is committed to ensuring the health and safety of all our employees.  As part of this commitment, we have adopted a number of COVID-19 safety measures, including a requirement for all employees to be fully vaccinated by March 31, 2022 and to show proof of vaccination.   In keeping with this policy, successful candidates will need to provide proof of vaccination by March 31, 2022 (or prior to their first day of work if the start date is after March 31, 2022).  We will of course consider accommodations for anyone unable to be vaccinated following human rights and other applicable laws
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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