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Material Supply & Planning Manager

Winnipeg - Lagimodiere Blvd., 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

Reporting to the Site Leader, the Material Supply and Planning Manager is a key leadership role within the Lagimodiere facility and is responsible for overseeing all material supply and planning activities for the 4 production areas within the site. This role has overall accountability for materials and production scheduling and will oversee accurate inventory levels for raw materials, WIP, packaging, and ingredient inventory through the effective coordination and management of the inventory process executed within SAP.  The incumbent is a key member of the plant Senior Leadership Team (SLT), and will ensure the timely and accurate provision of materials to satisfy daily operations, coordinate all traffic duties for the site, ensure customer expectations for service and delivery are met, and be responsible for purchasing ingredients and packaging inventory and minimizing material write-offs.

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

  • Lead and develop the Material Supply and Planning team which includes buyers, production planners and hourly, unionized team members.
  • Manage optimal inventory levels to satisfy customer orders.
  • Oversee the rough-cut production plan and determine any capacity issues or potential service issues.
  • Execute the physical inventory count process within the facility.
  • Procure indirect materials (plant supplies) to satisfy the manufacturing demand.
  • Manage the material control portion of the plant overhead budget.
  • Manage the storage, stock rotation, and internal distribution of packaging materials, ingredients, and raw materials.
  • Lead the execution of Materials Management related SAP processes.
  • Analyze and recommend inventory build options and safety stock levels.
  • Manage the inbound raw and packaging materials to meet production requirements including inventory accuracy, minimizing write-offs and new product introductions.
  • Ability to develop and maintain strong relationships with manufacturing/co-pack facilities.
  • Understand customer requirements and ensure shipping and delivery processes meet requirements.
  • Report on customer service levels and other metrics.
  • Lead continuous improvement initiatives within their function and coach team through the identification and improvement of plant performance issues.
  • Lead continuous improvement initiatives within their function and coach team through the identification and improvement of plant performance issues.
  • Other duties may be 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
  • 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:

  • Degree or Diploma/Certificate in Materials Management, Logistics, Supply Chain or related field or combination of 5-10 years of industry related experience.
  • Must be self-managed and able to set priorities among conflicting priorities. 
  • SAP experience with direct procurement, indirect procurement, detailed scheduling, and physical inventory.
  • Strong organizational, interpersonal, oral and written communication skills with the ability to influence and impact others at various levels within the organization to achieve results.
  • Lean/Six Sigma or equivalent experience in both union and non-union environments.
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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