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Process Excellence Specialist

Location: Guelph

Process Excellence Specialist

Status: Full-time
Location: Guelph
Department: Process Excellence

Job Scope:

Reporting to the Process Excellence Lead, this position will focus on continuous improvement initiatives and change management engagements. Using Lean and Six Sigma methodologies and tools in conjunction with change management and project management skills, this incumbent will assist in identifying and defining projects, perform current state assessments, facilitate and/or lead project improvement teams and perform ongoing audits of improvement initiatives.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Work with cross-functional project teams to identify and deliver process improvement initiatives that drive increased customer satisfaction and operating cost reduction.
  • Facilitate and lead the development of current and future processes using flowcharts/process maps, and detailed procedures recommending process changes to enhance operational excellence and minimize inefficiencies.
  • Support the integration of process improvements into business practices, establishing and maintaining high quality assurance standards, procedures and controls.
  • Provide technical leadership and support in the development of process maps and procedures for the SOP manuals, ensuring accuracy, consistency and alignment with best practices.
  • Complete the detailed analysis of processes within the company, including gathering and analyzing data and investigating performance.
  • Develop, implement and produce the KPIs to continuously improve metrics and reports to support business process improvements.
  • Maintain collaborative relationships with SME (subject matter experts), project team members & management across the organization.
  • Raise awareness, support and use process improvement methods and tools through education, information and sharing of best practices.
  • Other projects as assigned by Management.

Qualifications:

  • Must have University degree, preferably industrial engineering with a focus on operations, supply chain.
  • Minimum 2 years of related experience within a food environment.
  • Experienced in leading and implementing business change within a collaborative and values-driven environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to influence and communicate with diverse stakeholders to gain buy-in.
  • Familiarity with Change Management, Six Sigma and Lean methodologies and tools.
  • Expert knowledge of Visio and MS Excel, Access, PowerPoint and Project.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication; effective presentation skills.
  • Highly developed analytical, quantitative and data analysis aptitude.
  • Exceptional organization, prioritization and planning skills.
  • Committed to employee engagement and a passion for operational excellence.
  • Flexible to accommodate various locations and hours as needed.

Working Environment:

N/A

Physical Demands:

N/A

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Dispatcher

Location: Teeswater

Dispatcher

Status: Full-time
Location: Teeswater
Department: Bulk Hauling

Job Scope:

Reporting to the Operations Manager, the scope of this position includes working with the Bulk Hauling team to ensure smooth movement of products within plant, to inter-company and external customers, scheduling driver hours, optimizing routes, truck maintenance, statistical reporting and analysis.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Maintain, monitor and schedule drivers to meet ongoing business requirements in a continually changing environment while ensuring the most efficient and cost effective means.
  • Work with lease providers to schedule routine maintenance and arrange for repairs when necessary while reducing downtime.
  • Compile data to optimize the use of resources; fuel, labour, etc. and identify cost saving opportunities.
  • Assist in loading and offloading of trucks if needed.
  • Food Safety & Quality responsibility as outlined in SOPs & other training materials provided and accurate record keeping.
  • Attend prescribed courses and training as required

Qualifications:

  • Valid Ontario Driver’s License with "AZ" or “DZ” classification: “A” or “D” licence, "Z" Airbrake Endorsement – clean drivers abstract
  • Valid Milk Graders license
  • 2 to 3 years’ experience in the transportation field (DSD and Freight Management), preferably  food industry, dairy industry would be an asset
  • Strong troubleshooting ability and results driven
  • Familiar with continuous improvement processes and methodologies also considered an asset
  • Knowledge of HACCP
  • Accurate when working with calculations
  • Knowledge of GMPs
  • Previous experience scheduling shifts preferred
  • Previous experience scheduling truck maintenance and repairs
  • Strong organizational skills and an ability to effectively manage multiple changing priorities
  • Proficient in using Microsoft Office Products – Word, Excel, Outlook, Powerpoint
  • An excellent team player, flexibility and good communication skills
  • Ability to work week-ends and respond to calls after hours as necessary

Working Environment:

Regular exposure to long duration on road and frequent interruptions. Occasional exposure to dust and extreme temperatures.

Physical Demands:

Sitting for extended length of time, standing and walking for considerable length of time. Moderate lifting of materials up to maximum 25 kg.

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Manager, Transportation

Location: Clayson

Manager, Transportation

Status: Full-time
Location: Clayson
Department: Transportation

Job Scope:

Reporting to the National Distribution Manager, the scope of this position involves hands-on coordinating and managing the transportation operations of both the finished goods and raw material warehouses, ensuring that HACCP regulations are followed and exceptional customer service levels are maintained. This position is responsible for ensuring the safe, timely and accurate loading and unloading of transport trucks.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Oversee all day to day activities of the Transportation department
  • Performance evaluation and disciplinary procedures
  • Recommend and implement changes to improve processes and productivity to ensure transportation/warehouse runs in an accurate and efficient manner
  • Establish various management tools to improve cost management
  • Direct, optimize and coordinate backhaul program
  • Liaise and negotiate with suppliers, manufacturers, retailers and customers with respect to freight agreements
  • Maintain metrics and analyze data to assess performance and implement improvements
  • Analyze the fleet and make suggestions for improvements or purchases
  • Negotiate freight rates, maintain service levels, work with 3rd party partners, manage day to day operations, improve costs, and identify other service and efficiencies across our distribution network
  • Assume responsibility for the approval and payment of any repairs on the company’s vehicles that must be performed by subcontractors
  • Work with National Distribution Manager on development and administration of the budget
  • Ensure Gay Lea owned Fleet is kept clean, all stock is maintained in an appropriate manner
  • Completion and documentation of MSS and HACCP related items
  • Ability to be flexible in terms of shift work and weekend work and perform other duties as required
  • Implement centralized structure to the schedule of preventive maintenance and annual inspections
  • Keep the equipment according to the company policies and regulations
  • Maintain vehicles in compliance with Ministry of Transportation regulations
  • Ensure company complies with all Ministry rules and regulations
  • Obtain and maintain truck licensing, registrations and permits
  • Ensure routing and execute daily/weekly outbound –inbound shipments to ensure maximum load fill and service to the customer is met
  • Collaborate and work with cross function teams to support common goals to achieve company KPI's
  • Maintain awareness of current market conditions, DOT regulations
  • Comply with laws, regulations

Qualifications:

  • Post secondary education and/or minimum five (5) years relevant work experience in a supervisory capacity
  • Knowledge of Good Manufacturing Practices, including excellent sanitary habits and knowledge of Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP) considered a strong asset
  • Solid experience and working knowledge of an automated Warehouse Management System (WMS), and Transportation Management System (TMS)
  • Excellent interpersonal & communication skills, including written and verbal
  • Effective leadership skills with the ability to work well with and through others
  • Familiar with total quality management and continuous improvement processes
  • Good decision-making & problem-solving capabilities
  • Computer skills – experience with MS Office (Excel, Word, Outlook, etc.)
  • Physically capable of performing the demands of the job

Working Environment:

N/A

Physical Demands:

N/A

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Shipper/Receiver

Location: Clayson

Shipper/Receiver

Status: Full-time (Shift: Multiple)
Location: Clayson
Department: Distribution

Job Scope:

Reporting to the Distribution Supervisor, the scope of this full time, various shift positions which involves the loading and unloading trucks and the safe operation of lift trucks. Other responsibilities include warehousing of products and supplies, warehouse housekeeping and other duties as assigned.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Work as part of a team to warehouse product off packaging lines
  • Assemble and check orders for product utilizing the WMS system
  • Load and unload trucks
  • Service customers, receive shipments from suppliers
  • Maintain accurate documentation of MSS and HACCP related items
  • Recording detailed shipping/receiving documentation
  • Rotate stock and conduct inventory cycle counts
  • General warehouse duties and housekeeping
  • Attend prescribed courses/training

Qualifications:

  • Must have High School Diploma and/or minimum two (2) years of related work experience.
  • Experience working within a CPG or food warehousing environment considered an asset.
  • Electric Lift Truck licenses (Reach and Counter Balance) are considered assets.
  • Good communication skills, including written and verbal.
  • Ability to work as an individual and in a team environment.
  • Physically capable of performing the demands of the job.
  • Ability to multi-task and perform to deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to work with an automated Warehouse Management System.
  • Accurate when working with calculations.
  • Ability to be flexible in terms of shift work and perform other duties as required.

Working Environment:

Regular exposure to noise, cold temperatures, humidity and dry conditions. Continuous exposure to hazardous machines, moving objects (forklifts) and frequent interruptions. Occasional exposure to dust and extreme temperatures.

Physical Demands:

Standing for extended length of time, sitting and walking for considerable length of time. Moderate lifting of materials up to maximum 60lbs.

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Product Maker, Separator/Operator

Location: Clayson

Product Maker, Separator/Operator

Status: Full-time (Shift: Nights)
Location: Clayson
Department: Production

Job Scope:

Reporting to the Production Supervisor, this full time position is responsible for the timely preparation of product formulations and ensuring the formulations meet requirements.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Operate automated processing equipment including product formulation through ingredient preparation, weight monitoring, mixing and pasteurizing
  • Blend product according to formulations and complete necessary documentation
  • Record accurate and detailed processing records
  • Interact with maintenance and supervisory staff regarding processing issues
  • Food Safety & Quality responsibility as outlined in SOPs & other training materials provided and accurate record keeping
  • Attend prescribed courses and training as required

Qualifications:

  • Minimum high school diploma and/or relevant food or dairy processing experience
  • Knowledge of Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs), including excellent sanitary habits and possess knowledge of HACCP and HTST pasteurizing systems as applied to a dairy processing plant.
  • Milk and cream Graders' Certificate and HTST pasteurizer course considered an asset
  • Ability to work independently and in a team environment
  • Good communication skills, including written and verbal
  • Mechanical aptitude and solid troubleshooting abilities

Working Environment:

Regular exposure to noise, cold temperatures, extreme heat , humidity and dry conditions. Continuous exposure to hazardous machines, moving objects (forklifts) and frequent interruptions. Occasional exposure to dust and extreme temperatures. (Freezer -18 degrees)

Physical Demands:

Standing for extended length of time, sitting and walking for considerable length of time. Moderate lifting of materials up to maximum 25 kg.

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Product Maker

Location: Clayson

Product Maker

Status: Full-time (Shift: Nights)
Location: Clayson
Department: Processing

Job Scope:

Reporting to the Processing Supervisor, this full-time position is responsible for the timely preparation of product formulations and ensuring the formulations meet requirements.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Operate automated processing equipment including product formulation through ingredient preparation, weight monitoring, mixing and pasteurizing
  • Blend product according to formulations and complete necessary documentation
  • Record accurate and detailed processing records
  • Interact with maintenance and supervisory staff regarding processing issues
  • Food Safety & Quality responsibility as outlined in SOPs & other training materials provided and accurate record keeping
  • Attend prescribed courses and training as required

Qualifications:

  • Minimum high school diploma and/or relevant food or dairy processing experience
  • Knowledge of Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs), including excellent sanitary habits and possess knowledge of HACCP and HTST pasteurizing systems as applied to a dairy processing plant
  • Milk and cream Graders’ Certificate and HTST pasteurizer course considered an asset
  • Ability to work independently and in a team environment
  • Good communication skills, including written and verbal
  • Mechanical aptitude and solid troubleshooting abilities
  • Physically capable of performing the demands of the job and ability to multi-task

Working Environment:

Regular exposure to noise, cold temperatures, humidity and dry conditions. Continuous exposure to hazardous machines, moving objects (forklifts) and frequent interruptions. Occasional exposure to dust and extreme temperatures.

Physical Demands:

Standing for extended length of time, sitting and walking for considerable length of time. Moderate lifting of materials up to maximum 60lbs.

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Plant Helper

Location: Longlife

Plant Helper

Status: Full-time - (Shift: Afternoon)
Location: Longlife
Department: Production

Job Scope:

Reporting to the Production Supervisor, the scope of this position is responsible for performing general plant duties in various departments.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Perform general plant duties, including hand packing product, palletizing cases, moving skids, etc.
  • Maintain a clean and safe working environment
  • Provide weekend coverage as required based on production volumes
  • Food Safety & Quality responsibility as outlined in SOPs & other training materials provided and accurate record keeping
  • Attend prescribed courses and training as required

Qualifications:

  • Minimum high school diploma and/or relevant dairy experience
  • Knowledge of Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs), including excellent sanitary habits, CIP systems and possess knowledge of Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP)
  • Ability to work independently and in a team environment
  • Ability to be flexible in terms of shift work and perform other duties as required
  • Physically capable of performing the demands of the job and ability to multi-task
  • Good communication skills, including written and verbal
  • Mechanical aptitude and solid troubleshooting skills

Working Environment:

Extended exposure to dust, extreme temperatures and multiple deadlines. Frequent exposure to hazards including chemical substances, hazardous machines and moving objects. Regular exposure to noise and odour.

Physical Demands:

Standing and walking, for extended length of time. Occasional lifting of materials to a maximum weight of 20 kg.

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Milk Receiver

Location: Teeswater

Milk Receiver

Status: Full-time - (Shift: Rotating Continental Shifts)
Location: Teeswater
Department: Bulk Hauling

Job Scope:

Reporting to the Supervisor, Teeswater Trucking & Milk Hauling, this position is required to handle the receiving and unloading of milk and cream shipments as well as the blending of products per formulations. Candidates are required with the following qualifications and will perform the duties listed below.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Conduct CIP and sanitize the tanks, silos and line circuits including housekeeping of the Milk Receiving & Blending section
  • Blend product according to formulations and complete necessary documentation
  • Receive and unload milk and cream shipments
  • Troubleshoot in a fast-paced environment
  • Work closely with R O Operators, Lead Hands, Milk Truck Drivers as well as Maintenance and Quality Control staff
  • Attend prescribed courses/training
  • Available to work on a rotating 24/7 schedule

Qualifications:

  • 2-3 years experience in a HACCP regulated dairy, beverage or food processing environment
  • Familiarity with GMP’s, CIP systems and Milk Receiving processes
  • Hands on skills using automated processing equipment; mathematical abilities; and the physical ability to work in a Multi Tasking, warm, humid environment
  • Minimum Grade 12 education with relevant dairy experience
  • AZ license
  • Milk and Cream Graders’ License considered an asset
  • Excellent troubleshooting and interpersonal skills

Working Environment:

Extended exposure to dust, extreme temperatures and multiple deadlines. Frequent exposure to hazards including chemical substances, hazardous machines and moving objects. Regular exposure to noise and odour.

Physical Demands:

Standing and walking, for extended length of time. Crouching, climbing stairs and working in awkward positions for considerable length of time. Occasional lifting of materials to a maximum weight of 25 kg (skim milk powder and ingredient bags).

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Bulk Liquid Hauling Driver

Location: Teeswater

Bulk Liquid Hauling Driver

Status: Full-time - (Shift: Nights and regular weekend coverage)
Location: Teeswater
Department: Bulk Hauling

Job Scope:

Reporting to the Supervisor, Teeswater Trucking and Milk Hauling, this position is responsible for transporting milk to other Gay Lea facilities or other destinations. Candidates are required with the following qualifications and will perform the duties listed below.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Perform daily safety and maintenance checks on equipment
  • Maintain an up to date and accurate log book
  • Transport milk in a safe and efficient manner to other Gay Lea facilities and other destinations
  • Available to work on a rotating 24/7 schedule

Qualifications:

  • Minimum grade 12 education and/or relevant dairy experience
  • AZ license with clean driving abstract
  • Familiarity with GMP's
  • Bulk tank milk grader certification preferred
  • An excellent team player, flexibility and good verbal and written communication skills

Working Environment:

Regular exposure to long duration on road and frequent interruptions. Majority of work completed during night hours. Occasional exposure to dust and extreme temperatures.

Physical Demands:

Sitting for extended length of time, standing and walking for considerable length of time. Moderate lifting of materials up to maximum 25 kg.

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Control Systems Technologist

Location: Teeswater

Control Systems Technologist

Status: Full-time
Location: Teeswater
Department: Operations

Job Scope:

Reporting to the Plant Manager, this position is primarily responsible for ensuring the safe and efficient operation of manufacturing equipment in our Teeswater facility. Working closely with equipment manufacturers and installation specialists during our expansion, this position provides systems and technical support during, and most importantly after, project completion. Responsibilities will encompass trouble-shooting and maintaining automated equipment, including PLC programming, and assisting with the implementation of our new systems, in addition to regular and ongoing site maintenance support.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Provide technical support and input into our plant expansion including automated, PLC, and instrumentation
  • Troubleshoot and respond to equipment and software problems
  • Assist in planning and overseeing the implementation of systems and technical projects
  • Provide staff training in use of applications, software and hardware
  • Program PLC and HMI applications for integration and troubleshooting of automated process equipment
  • Investigate manufacturing equipment deviations and anomalies related to automation and software
  • Implement software changes and upgrades to improve equipment accuracy and runtime
  • Assist in electrical documentation of changes and upgrades
  • Provide technical support to maintenance staff

Qualifications:

  • Must have an Electromechanical Engineering Technology diploma, or equivalent degree, specializing in PLC automation, systems, or electrical/mechanical engineering
  • Minimum 1-2 years’ proven hands-on experience successfully programming, designing, and maintaining automated control systems in a fast paced process industry; experience in a food processing industry an asset
  • Strong PLC programming and troubleshooting skills; sound working knowledge of word processing, spreadsheet, database management software, SQL Server and Web server software; experience with Allen-Bradley and MP2 systems a strong asset
  • Strong knowledge of process control systems, HMI programming and automation programming, hardware management, and commissioning
  • Experience with variable frequency drives, pneumatic controls, servo drives, and/or stepper system products
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, including written and verbal
  • Proven ability to collaboratively work in a team based environment and independently, in a matrix organization
  • Effective organizational skills and the ability to successfully execute multiple project responsibilities under tight deadlines
  • Weekend and after hours availability, when required

Working Environment:

Working simultaneously on multiple projects with hard deadlines and frequent interruptions. Regular exposure to dust, extreme temperature, inadequate lighting, ventilation, noise and odour. Occasional exposure to hazardous machines and chemical substances. Frequent exposure to humid/dry temperatures and working from heights.

Physical Demands:

Sitting, standing, and walking for considerable amounts of time. Climbing stairs, crouching and working in awkward positions for moderate lengths of time.

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Ghee Processing Operator

Location: Teeswater

Ghee Processing Operator

Status: Contract – full-time hours (8-10 hour days) (Shift: Afternoons/nights (rotating) shifts)
Location: Teeswater
Department: Production

Job Scope:

Reporting directly to the Production Supervisor, the scope of this position involves all aspects of plant labour in a food production environment.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Set up and complete automated Clean In Place (CIP) washes, as well as manual cleaning of equipment and environmental cleaning
  • Complete and document Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) and Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP) related items
  • Record detailed production and Clean In Place (CIP) reports
  • Food Safety & Quality responsibility as outlined in Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) & other training materials provided and accurate record keeping
  • Attend prescribed courses and training as required

Qualifications:

  • Minimum high school diploma and/or relevant food processing experience
  • Knowledge of Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs), including excellent sanitary habits and possess knowledge of Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP)
  • Good communication skills, including written and verbal
  • Ability to be flexible in terms of shift work and perform other duties as required
  • Ability to work independently and in a team environment
  • Physically capable of performing the demands of the job and ability to multi-task
  • Computer skills would be an asset
  • Mechanical aptitude and trouble shooting ability.

Working Environment:

Extended exposure to extreme temperatures and multiple deadlines. Frequent exposure to hazards including chemical substances, hazardous machines and moving objects. Regular exposure to noise and odour.

Physical Demands:

Standing and walking, for extended length of time. Crouching, climbing stairs and working in awkward positions for considerable length of time. Occasional lifting of materials to a maximum weight of 25 kg.

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Maintenance Millwright

Location: Guelph

Maintenance Millwright

Status: Full-time - (Shift: Continental rotating shifts)
Location: Guelph
Department: Maintenance

Job Scope:

Reporting to the Operations Manager, this position provides coverage for the efficient operation and maintenance of all refrigerated aspects of the facility, the sewage plant, steam boiler, building maintenance and other duties as required.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Operation and maintenance of all refrigeration/boiler/HVAC equipment
  • Maintain/monitor/check all equipment
  • Participate in plant equipment repairs/installations
  • Interface with necessary contractual and inspection departments for adherence to regulatory and company requirements
  • Maintain all records to ensure regulatory and company compliance
  • Troubleshoot breakdowns relating to all boiler, refrigeration, HVAC and all other plant equipment issues
  • Ensure all work performed complies with governing practices. codes and regulations
  • Operation of all equipment in a safe and efficient manner as well as participation in plant efficiency initiatives
  • Fulfill all health & safety requirements
  • Communicate with the rest of the maintenance team and plant personnel when resolving problems
  • Attend prescribed courses and training as required

Qualifications:

  • Must possess an Ontario and/or Interprovincial Certificate of Qualification as an Industrial Mechanic (Millwright) - 433A license and a Certificate of Apprenticeship required
  • Possess and maintain valid certificate as a 3rd Class Stationary Engineer or a Ontario Refrigeration B certificate
  • Minimum 3 years maintenance experience within the food industry, preferably in dairy
  • Knowledge of fuel systems, water treatment, air compressors and refrigeration systems
  • Mechanical abilities and trouble shooting skills are required
  • Knowledge of GMPs, including excellent sanitary habits and possess knowledge of HACCP
  • Strong preventative maintenance and troubleshooting ability
  • Solid knowledge of high speed filling and packaging lines and PLCs
  • Previous boiler experience an asset
  • Familiar with continuous improvement processes and methodologies considered an asset
  • Good communication skills, both written and oral
  • Ability to work independently and in a team environment
  • Must be flexible in terms of shift work and perform other duties as required
  • Physically capable of performing the demands of the job
  • Computer skills would be an asset

Working Environment:

Regular exposure to noise, odour, chemical hazards, hazardous machines and frequent interruptions. Occasional exposure to dust and extreme temperatures.

Physical Demands:

Standing and walking for extended length of time and frequent lifting of materials to a maximum weight of 35 kg.

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How To Apply

Gay Lea Foods is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity in our workplace. Reasonable accommodation is available upon request throughout our recruitment and selection process.
  1. Application

    Submit resume and cover letter to jobs@gayleafoods.com Be sure to list job title in the subject line.
  2. Selection

    Applicants’ education, experience, and skills will be reviewed. Those who best meet our position needs will be contacted for an initial phone screen.
  3. Interview

    Applicants may be invited to one or more interviews. Questions asked are designed to assess an individual’s knowledge, skills, experience, and fit within the organisation.
Successful applicants will be extended an offer upon the satisfactory completion of professional references. Then, our onboarding begins!
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