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Production Manager

Saskatoon, SK

The Opportunity

As Production Manager, you will have an opportunity to step into a career and gain direct experience in the food processing industry by leading a high-performance operations team including General Supervisors, Production Supervisors, and hourly employees.  This is an exciting opportunity at our boutique sausage facility at Saskatoon, where our employees proudly produce food for domestic and international markets.  This opportunity is designed to provide you with comprehensive food production and leadership experience.

In pursuing this opportunity, you are supported in building a highly rewarding career in manufacturing, in an area where you will experience first-hand involvement at the plant floor level.   You will be actively contributing to our vision of being one of the most sustainable protein companies on earth.

Some of the exciting things you will be responsible for:

  • Develop and support employees through training and coaching, providing clarity in roles and values-consistent feedback
  • Foster and maintain positive union and employee relations environments
  • Perform analytics and identify continuous improvement opportunities through accountability for key plant metrics
  • Support sales and marketing on new and existing product development initiatives
  • Provide guidance and perspective to the Plant Manager and leadership team
  • Participate in, support, and lead special projects (e.g., new equipment purchases, commissioning)
  • Support the development and implementation of exciting new technologies such as: mobility (iPads), smart glasses, and automated visual scheduling tools
  • Contribute to a strong Food Safety and Health & Safety culture in keeping with the Maple Leaf Food Safety Promise

What we have to offer you:

  • An opportunity to gain valuable, hands-on manufacturing experience and best practices in Operations, working with state-of-the-art automation and systems
  • Being 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, training, resources and tools, supported by our commitment to talent development
  • Flexible work environment which includes working from plant and home
  • Competitive Health and Wellness benefits and a Defined Contribution Pension Plan that start on your first day of employment 
If you have strong interpersonal skills and a desire to learn food production, this could be the right opportunity to propel your career!

What you will bring:

We’re looking for people who are passionate about coaching and inspiring others and have experience leading teams to deliver top results.  Being able to develop, foster, and influence relationships within the plant team and with external stakeholders is key to success in this role.  You are passionate about safety and promote a culture where safety comes first.  Your approach is collaborative and empowering, offering a forum where everyone feels comfortable to bring forward new ideas.  Having a continuous improvement mindset, the ability to solve problems, and a strong desire to learn will allow you to make an impact.  In this fast-paced environment, being adaptable to continuous change is important.  We’re committed to disciplined decision making and data plays a big part in this role, which requires comfort with Microsoft Office applications, particularly MS Excel and Power BI.

More about us:

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.

A commitment to building diverse and inclusive teams

Championing diversity and inclusion is a critical component to advancing our collective purpose and vision and living the Maple Leaf Leadership Values. We believe in building, investing in, recognizing, and rewarding remarkable people who value an inclusive workplace, embrace all forms of diversity, and commit to including every voice in our collaborative environment. We’re so much stronger when we know we’re accepted and valued for who we are and what we each bring to the workplace.

Our Employee Resource Groups are team member-led groups that build community and help all of us understand how to be inclusive allies and leaders.
  • The Women’s Impact Network and its Women In Manufacturing chapter advance gender equality at Maple Leaf.
  • Maple Leaf Pride & Allies promotes visibility, advocacy and education for LGBTQIA2S+ team members and their families.
  • The Multicultural Advocacy Network shares knowledge, promotes cultural fluency and celebrates the strength of our collective differences.
  • AccessAbility unites team members with visible and invisible disabilities, team members with loved ones with disabilities, and allies to build a community and culture that empowers and values all abilities, while advancing Maple Leaf Food’s accessibility and accommodation strategies.

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

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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