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Planning & Dispatch Coordinator (Contract)

Guelph, ON

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


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

  • Responsible for the monitoring and reporting of our shipments in transit and on-time delivery to customers.
  • Responsible for the creation of cost effective daily route plan that must be focused on cost effectiveness and customer (both internal and external) satisfaction in a very fast-paced make-to-order environment.
  • The role will be responsible for communicating and directing, with various carriers, the “Daily Route Plan” to ensure carriers are notified of pick up times, PO #’s and delivery appointments.
  • This role must be in constant communication with the Sales, Production Planning, Customer Supply Chain and the manufacturing Shipping departments throughout the day to ensure that product availability supports the “Daily Route Plan”.
  • Responsible for working with carriers to ensure delivery routes exist to help deliver the most cost effective “Daily Route Plans”.
  • The role will assist the Dispatch and Planning Supervisor with Period End Variance Reporting.
  • Responsible for generating reports and analysis to support continuous improvement and identify ongoing cost-saving opportunities.
  • This position must assist with both customer and carrier claims.
  • This role will provide vacation coverage for to our Western Transportation team as required.
  • 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:

  • Three years experience in a Distribution / Logistics / Transportation discipline and / or in possession of and / or working towards a diploma / degree in a related discipline (Business Administration, Distribution & Logistics, PLOG )
  • Exceptional communicator and decision-maker, capable of successfully taking on several tasks at once. This position requires an eye for detail and a willingness to exercise flexibility with short notice.
  • Geographic knowledge and understanding.
  • Functional in SAP and adaptable to new systems and processes.
  • General knowledge of Word / Excel/ Outlook/ Map Point. Access DB is an asset.
  • Must attain capability of operating from a Six Sigma perspective; particularly as to identifying and involving stakeholders.
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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