Automation Leader
Maple Leaf Foods
Port Perry, ON, Canada
4d ago

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

  • Six core values guide us in everything that we do.
  • Do what’s right
  • Deliver winning results
  • Build collaborative teams
  • Get things done in a fact-based, disciplined way
  • Learn and grow, inwardly and outwardly
  • Dare to be transparent, passionate and humble
  • Automation Leader - Port Perry

    The Opportunity :

    The Automation Leader is a key position within the Port Perry facility whose responsibilities within the production environment will include ongoing development of the Automation strategy and management of the Automation plans for the facility.

    That Automation strategy will include manpower resource planning, disaster recovery planning, production support, department training plan and departmental budget planning.

    The Automation Leader will play a key role in supporting the plant to improve equipment efficiency and optimize manufacturing effectiveness.

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

  • Lead and Support the team to align with Automation Strategy Plan.
  • Support and Backup plan for all plant Control and Automation systems. Control and Automation systems including PLC, PC, HMI, MES, SCADA, Robotics and Building Automation.
  • Develop and manage a change control system for PLC / HMI, Electrical Drawings and related documents.
  • Manage the Instrumentation program to meet all facility FSQA, regulatory and operational requirements.
  • Develop and manage Predictive, Preventative and Proactive maintenance requirements for Controls related systems. Procedures and Practices to be implemented in Reliability Maintenance Program and SAP.
  • Manage Vendors and Suppliers to establish strong collaborative relationships to ensure required service and support contracts are current.
  • Develop and manage a Facility Controls and Electrical build standard in alignment with the Corporate Engineering standards.
  • Complete Continuous Improvements initiatives and projects.
  • Work with Maintenance team to establish programs to mentor and develop Maintenance support team to enhance knowledge and skills of Automated equipment.
  • Competent to troubleshoot equipment in the plant locally or through VPN access when required. Mentor team members when required to work through and solve equipment controls related issues.
  • Be comfortable with the Escalation procedure and understand the requirement of receiving after hours calls from time to time.
  • Develop contingency support plan for all Maintenance Team members. Adequate knowledge transfer between all team members on plant equipment.
  • Maintain equipment level network systems to align with Corporate IS protocols and requirements.
  • Manage and support facility MES / SCADA systems.
  • Maintain OEM support contact list and VPN connectivity.
  • Shall demonstrate full commitment to the implementation of the requirements of the Global Standard for Food Safety and to processes which facilitate continual improvement of food safety and quality management.
  • 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 should be included for Manager roles and above only)
  • 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 :

  • Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Engineering or a combination of 15 years of progressive manufacturing operations, equipment / system commissioning / verification knowledge and project execution.
  • Experience in Engineering Change Control Process, and Design Reviews
  • Experience in Level 2 Control Systems such as Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) and Manufacturing Execution System (MES).
  • Experience in the implementation and integration of Robotics.
  • Experience in the implementation, integration and calibration of instrumentation.
  • Ability to solve complex problems within a dynamic working environment, providing training / project coaching, build excellence in teams, and motivate others to achieve results.
  • Must be a data driven decision-maker who builds effective teams utilizing exceptional communication and interpersonal skills.
  • A proven track record as an influential leader within an organization who can motivate others; demonstrates sound judgment, be adaptable and flexible.

  • Strong analytical skills with a proven history in solving complex problems, business, analytical, information system, and computer skills.
  • Knowledge of current safety standards and regulations.
  • Knowledge of SAP would be an asset.
  • 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.

    Maple Leaf Foods is committed to Employment Equity and maintaining a diverse workforce. Job applicants with a disability who require reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process can contact our Talent Attraction Team at


  • Reasonable accommodations will be determined on a case-by-case basis and your request will be responded to as soon as possible.
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