Head of Asset Management and Reliability

Maple Leaf Foods Inc.

The Opportunity:

Reporting to the V.P. Asset Reliability, Industrial Engineering, and Sustainability Execution, this role is responsible for the overall Asset Management & Asset Reliability program, performance, maturity, modernization, and deployment of the central strategy across the Maple Leaf Foods Network (25+ factories). This will include being responsible for the network’s asset reliability and mechanical/electrical downtime reduction, and setting direction for reliability, asset management, and maintenance across our global manufacturing facilities. Additionally, this role oversees creating and precisely executing on the strategic roadmap to move our Asset Reliability maturity toward world class. The Director will sustain and improve existing programs and processes and implement a robust preventative and predictive maintenance program, to increase equipment reliability and improve factory performance towards our strategic Reliability Bold Goal.

Snapshot of a Day-in-the-Life:

  • Closely collaborates with factories (plant and maintenance managers) to ensure appropriate measures are in place to identify and remedy key reliability concerns.
  • Partners with manufacturing VP to refresh the Asset Reliability strategic roadmap and 5-year rolling execution plan for the organization.
  • Precisely deploys and executes on the strategic roadmap at all facilities.
  • Meets and exceeds reliability targets including network’s Mechanical/Electrical Downtime, and Asset Reliability Maturity.
  • Deploys teams to assess/support factory performance, analyze gaps and set up a needs-based asset care program.
  • Identifies network/factories’ short/long term reliability risks and implement remediating actions.
  • Develops and directs implementation of centralized asset management activities across the network in support of the strategic roadmap, including Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM), and Total Productive Maintenance (TPM).
  • Develops and maintains a multi-year maintenance capital plan for the entire network.
  • Creates and implements standardized processes and governance for all central programs.
  • Delivers technical direction and leadership for Reliability continuous improvement projects and capital projects.
  • Provides SME support for recruitment of key reliability staff at the factory level and provides training and development of same.
  • Represents the Reliability & Plant Maintenance teams at the Operational Excellence Systems Council.
  • Sets the direction and coordinates the development of a knowledge sharing network, training, and development programs.
  • Performs Global Industry Benchmarking of Asset Management and Reliability trends, methods, and KPI’s.
  • Establishes direction and executes on the Asset Reliability’s People Strategy including Maintenance Academy, Apprenticeship Program, Frontline Leadership Development, and DEI roles.

What You’ll Bring:

  • BSc in relevant Engineering discipline from an accredited university (Mechanical, Electrical, Robotics, Mechatronics, Automation).

• 15+ years of post-degree experience in world-class asset intensive industries with a focus on Reliability, Automation, or Industrial High-Tech System implementation.

• 10+ year of leadership experience, minimum 7 years of which as a leader-of-leaders (leading professionals)

• Demonstrated progressive Plant-to-Corp and Tactical-to-Strategic experience and relate to challenges and opportunities from the shop floor to C-Suite.

• Multi-site experience, leading various plants and a centralized/corporate function

• Substantial experience leading complex large-scale programs (portfolio of projects).

• Externally focused, people oriented, highly collaborative, prioritize the Voice of the Customer, and thrive in a highly demanding and complex network of matrix relationships.

What makes you successful?

  • Ability to analyze complex information to make agile yet fact-based decisions.
  • Proficiency in cultivating and maintain strong and trusting internal and external relationships.
  • Executive presence with strong communication and diplomacy skills.
  • Strong cross-functional leadership and ability to influence across and upwards.

What We Offer at Maple Leaf Foods:

  • Being part of a high-performance, people-focused company that has an inspiring and unique vision to become the most sustainable protein company on earth, and a deep commitment to sustainable protein across North America.
  • An inclusive company culture and a work environment that keeps our people safe, rewards excellence, and empowers everyone to learn and contribute their best.
  • A hybrid work model that embraces remote work for eligible roles, helping team members achieve work-life balance—combining the best of both spending time working remotely, benefitting from focus time, and purposeful collaboration in the office setting.
  • Competitive Health and Wellness benefits that offer flexibility to meet your individual or family needs, including programs focused on improving mental health and wellbeing. These benefits start on your first day of employment.
  • Defined Contribution Pension Plan with company matching that starts on your first day of employment.
  • Learning and development opportunities, including workshops, ‘speaker series’ events, and resources that allow you to develop your skills and progress your career.
  • Comprehensive tuition reimbursement program that supports continuous learning and development of our team members through investment in eligible degrees, diplomas, professional certification, or trades programs.
  • Supporting our deep commitment to community impact, we offer up to two paid days annually to volunteer at a cause of your choice.

About Us:

We’re a carbon neutral food company on a purposeful journey to Raise the Good in Food through better nutrition, safer food and workplaces, more humane animal care, and environmental sustainability efforts that protect our planet. We care about our communities and commit to reducing food insecurity in Canada. Join us on the journey. Let’s build a better future, together.

We’re passionate about food. For more than 100 years, we’ve made delicious, healthy protein that Canadians love under iconic national and regional brands, like Maple Leaf, Schneiders, and Greenfield Natural Meat Co. We’re on a journey to become the most sustainable protein company – not just in Canada – but on earth.

  • We are carbon neutral.
  • We are one of the only food companies in Canada to set science-based targets.
  • We aim to reduce our environmental footprint by 50% by 2025.

We’re a global food company with more than 13,500 team members. We operate sites in 20+ locations across Canada. We also have locations in the U.S. and Mexico, and do business in Asia.

A diverse and inclusive work environment

Championing diversity and inclusion is a critical component to advancing our collective purpose and vision and living the Maple Leaf Leadership Values. We believe in building, investing in, recognizing, and rewarding remarkable people who value an inclusive workplace, embrace all forms of diversity, and commit to including every voice in our collaborative environment. We’re so much stronger when we know we’re accepted and valued for who we are and what we each bring to the workplace.

We embrace a strong, values-based culture

  • Doing What’s Right
  • Shared Value
  • High Performance
  • Diverse and Inclusive Teams
  • Disciplined Decision Making
  • Our Accountability
  • Intense Curiosity
  • Transparency and Humility

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.

Disclaimer: Please note that salaries posted on sites other than the MLF Careers Page are not a reflection of Maple Leaf Foods and are an estimated salary range provided by that particular job board. Maple Leaf Foods offers competitive wages and an attractive total rewards package, which will be discussed during an interview with our Talent Team.