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Reliability Engineer

London, 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

The Opportunity

Maple Leaf Foods is embarking on one of the most exciting journeys in its history through the build and startup of a world-class, leading edge manufacturing facility producing premium, value added fresh poultry products. The new 640,000 square foot facility will call London, ON home and will employ over 1,600 employees as we ramp up operations over the next few years.

We are looking for equally enthusiastic people who want to join our team as we start to climb our own version of Everest. As with every great feat, the realities of this opportunity may come with some challenges and we are looking for people who have the commitment to working through these together. We believe that participation in this start-up requires great passion for our objectives, the flexibility to adapt to the needs of the environment, and a resilient spirit rooted in the desire to achieve winning results as a team. Together we believe we will do great things for our people, our consumers, and our communities.

If you think that this opportunity might be for you, we encourage you to read more details about this exciting role below. 

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

Reporting to the Reliability Leader, the Reliability Engineer identifies and manages asset reliability risks that could adversely affect operation's ability to meet corporate and site objectives. This includes leading the improvement of asset health/reliability performance, failure elimination initiatives, risk management and life cycle asset management in alignment with corporate Asset Reliability programs, site 3-year maintenance and reliability roadmap, and all other corporate policies and local SOP’s.
  • Consistent with our leadership values, act as a champion for our culture by leading the Lubrication Team in the development and execution of a positive and productive environment that permeates through all levels and is focused on the needs of our people.
  • Lead and drive lubrication best practices
  • Develop and instrument Lubrication Routing and checklists
  • Implement lubrication analysis to better predict oncoming failures due to contamination
  • Develop solutions to repetitive failures and all other problems that adversely affect plant operations.
  • Review and resolve production losses and abnormally high Maintenance cost assets.
  • Lead efforts to ensure reliability and maintainability of equipment, processes, utilities, facilities, controls and safety/security systems.
  • Define, design, develop, monitor and refine maintenance strategies based on asset performance.
  • Provide technical assistance to review equipment rebuilds and Supplier performance.
  • Responsible for ranking the major physical assets in terms of criticality and risk to the organization.
  • Provide input in the creation of corrective action plans.
  • Review mean time to repair (MTTR) and mean time between failures (MTBF) results to identify and lead maintenance program/department improvements.
  • Review plant history and other technical files to identify/resolve opportunities for improvement.
  • Validate inputs into condition-based monitoring routes, load levels, and seed dates.
  • Monitor the potential maintenance impact and/or opportunity of the production plan.
  • Work with stores to identify the best part/material solution for the application.
  • Incorporate continuous improvement feedback into the planning strategy. (PMO)
  • Provide technical assistance as required for maintenance personnel in executing the work.
  • Use work history when identifying asset reliability shortfalls.
  • Apply the Bad Actor Report process to track significant issues.
  • Apply value analysis to repair/replace, repair/redesign and make/buy decisions.
  • Develop and manage the site's asset management strategy.
  • Track, report and develop action plans to attain the asset management strategy's goals and objectives.
  • Utilize the site’s 3 Year Plan in setting reliability improvement priorities.
  • Research external references for current best practices and use to influence maintenance and reliability strategy.
  • Develop and maintain a formal preventive and predictive (PM/PdM) program for all key assets.
  • Review 5% of the PM/PdM programs every quarter.
  • Provide technical support, guidance and validation for all new PM/PdM tasks.
  • Ensure that appropriate documents are updated when modifications occur.
  • Following a modification apply a formal management of change (MOC) process, which includes a review of existing maintenance strategies.
  • Asset risk and criticality rankings are reviewed every 5 years and whenever there is a significant change to the process or equipment performance requirements.
  • Risk ranking is used to identify candidate assets for improvements and when designing, commissioning a new asset.
  • Conduct failure mode and affect analysis (FMEA) and root cause failure analysis (RCFA).
  • Condition monitoring and predictive technologies are used to collect and analyze patterns in equipment behaviour in order to determine the onset of failure and end of life.
  • Involved in the selection of new assets and responsible for developing a life cycle management strategy throughout its useful life.
  • Help develop asset hierarchies, maintenance plans and critical components defined before the commissioning of assets.
  • Generate Bad Actor Report/Analysis.
  • Participate in the Maintenance department’s continuous improvement and knowledge collection efforts.
  • Support the Maintenance department's participation in the formal and standardized intra-company knowledge sharing process.
  • Collect and track work identification KPIs related to the proactive maintenance program.
  • All other duties as required

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
  • 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:

  • At least 5 years of experience in a reliability, operational excellence and/or continuous improvement role applying proven best practices in a manufacturing environment.
  • An Engineering degree.
  • Familiarity with using a CMM system (SAP PM preferred) and MS Office tools and with applying Standard Operating Procedures in his/her work.
  • Follows company policies, standards and guidelines as they apply to all activities.
  • Good leadership, communication, analytical skills, works well in a team environment, is responsible and is open to change.
  • The passion and desire to be results oriented and quality driven.
The want to promote and maintain a safe working environment through compliance with MLF’s Health and Safety Program. This includes Food Safety and Environmental compliance

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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