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Six Sigma Black Belt

Brandon, MB

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

The Black Belt role is a leadership position within the organization with the key responsibility for leading and supporting process improvement efforts within Maple Leaf Foods; as well as externally to strategic customers, suppliers and other stakeholders.  The focus of these improvement efforts is to build organizational capability to deliver process improvements, increasing business productivity, shareholder and customer value.          
Six Sigma is foundational to our culture of discipline.  It is how Maple Leaf Foods improves business processes and drives performance.  It is the way we solve problems and implement significant change.  Black Belts provide the methods and tools to enable the business to improve processes, solving complex problems using analytics. The Six Sigma Black Belt is also expected to have an understanding of process management principles and various process improvement methods including Operations Excellence (Lean Manufacturing). This role is recognized as an opportunity to develop our next operations leaders.

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

  • Understand and support execution of site objectives. Assist with the identification and quantification of Critical Business Needs (CBN) and primary opportunities for improvement
  • Facilitate OEE Continuous Improvement processes with cross-functional site teams, including setting of annual OEE improvement targets and facilitating weekly status reviews and action planning
  • Support the facilitation and development of the site CI plan including project pipeline and monitoring the overall progress and status of the plan
  • Ensure CI project teams are utilizing the appropriate improvement methodology (Six Sigma, Lean, OpEx tools) including training on tools and application as required
  • Conduct business case and risk analysis as required. Provide CI Project Management support utilizing DMAIC / DMADV / PDCA framework
  • Research and apply functional best practices within project scope
  • Ensure sustainable results through application of change management and practical/functional control plans   
  • Provide coaching to leaders on Six Sigma, Lean and Operations Excellence methodology & tools
  • Support Site Leaders in deployment of Operations Excellence framework including annual baseline assessment and pillar team deployment. Lead teams to build operator skills at identifying and eliminating waste.               
  • Understanding and supporting functional objectives and strategies                   
  • Assist with the identification and quantification of major opportunity areas, including the re-application of learning across Maple Leaf               
  • Participate as part of site management team at plant     
  • Must be open to coaching and actively learn within the role.             
  • Periodic travel may be required for training or project work 

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:

  • University degree (BSc., Engineering or Operations Management).
  • Minimum 5 to 8 years of full-time work experience depending on level of responsibility; experience in manufacturing or supply chain and commercial, finance or other transactional functions an asset 
  • Track record of delivering winning results                 
  • Demonstrated strong analytical and problem solving skills including application of process improvement and quality tools. Lives the value of getting things done in a fact based way
  • Strong communication skills.  Ability to communicate well (verbal and written) with all levels of the organization, including senior leadership                  
  • Demonstrated ability to effect change through influence                  
  • Has led and/or coached prior continuous improvement projects.  Considered a strong coach on continuous improvement concepts                       
  • Experience in leading complex projects that require strong leadership, initiative, and change management would be an asset              
  • Previous experience with Six Sigma tools and methodology is a requirement
  • Demonstrated ability to implement and teach Lean Methodologies and Operational Excellence

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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