Sr. Program / Project Manager
Maple Leaf Foods
Mississauga, ON, Canada
6d 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
  • Sr. Program / Project Manager

    The Opportunity :

    As Program / Project Manager you will play a key role in managing the plant expansion for the Prepared Meats / Plant Based category at our manufacturing plant facilities located in Mississauga.

    The focus will be on building an operating plan that balances production within our network. These activities include commissioning of production lines (i.

    e. additional slicing halls and expansion of dry run rooms), transitioning products and / or between facilities, food safety, and coordinating plant support functions to meet overall program objectives.

    Reporting to the CPMO and dotted line to SVP of Supply Chain and Operations, you will work closely with a cross-functional project team to ensure individual work packages are completed in a manner that supports the overall project objectives, timeline, and budget.

    The seasoned candidate must bring a holistic and business approach to the function. That means you’ll touch all areas of the business, use your unique position to design, implement and enhance the way we do things and provide insights to the business that influence the future operation of this facility.

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

  • Define project scope, tasks and estimate resource skills and requirements in a detailed project plan with multiple work streams (i.
  • e. Food Safety, Engineering, Plants, HR, etc.).

  • Perform quality assurance on deliverables including setting and controlling scope, budget and timeline.
  • Communicating status and program / project objectives to stakeholders.
  • Budget Management and tracking.
  • Execute change management activities for all aspects of the program.
  • Work with project team members to identify and resolve issues and remove roadblocks.
  • Assist in developing recovery strategies when the project schedule or budget are in jeopardy.
  • Track and set up deliverable process : sign-off, documentation.
  • Prepare project related content materials as required inclusive of Sponsor Committee updates and project status reports that capture status, key issues, risks, mitigating actions, and potential solutions per the standard MLF program / project methodology and toolsets.
  • Coach other team members to effectively structure and manage work packages under their responsibility.
  • 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.
  • 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 :

  • Solid track record of managing projects in a manufacturing environment, which could include new manufacturing line installations, building infrastructure upgrades, automation projects.
  • Ability to assess complex situations, make pragmatic recommendations that make great business sense and execute well.
  • Flexible management style with ability to adapt leadership style to situation.
  • Ability to manage large volume of work through effective prioritization, communication and excellent execution.
  • Strong financial acumen (i.e. cost benefit / ROI) and solid business sense in tune with the business, shows an interest in the other departments of the business and how they contribute to the overall success of the company.
  • A proven problem solver with ability to manage in ambiguous and complex environment.
  • Self-starter with strong bias for action and follow through.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment - laser focused on ensuring that processes are clearly defined, working well and constantly being improved.
  • Excellent communication skills with the ability to negotiate and influence others (with or without direct authority).
  • Highly proficient using Microsoft Office Suite, including Microsoft Project and SharePoint.
  • Minimum 5 years of project management experience, preferably with some experience related to a plant start-up / expansion or industrial construction projects.
  • Preference will be given to those with experience working in the consumer-packaged goods industry (CPG).
  • Experience leading change and managing in a complex environment.
  • Bi-lingual French (Nice to have).
  • Bachelor’s Degree and a PMP designation. MBA would be an asset.
  • Six Sigma Designation (Nice to Have)
  • 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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