Finance Manager, Central Costing

by Maple Leaf Foods

Position Type: Full-time
Location: London, ON
Date Posted: Sep 04, 2022
Maple Leaf Foods

Job Description

Finance Manager, Central Costing

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

Maple Leaf Foods is embarking on one of the most exciting journeys in its history through the build and startup of a world-class, leading edge manufacturing facility producing premium, value added fresh poultry products. The new 640,000 square foot facility will call London, ON home and will employ over 1,600 employees as we ramp up operations over the next few years.

We are looking for equally enthusiastic people who want to join our team as we start to climb our own version of Everest. As with every great feat, the realities of this opportunity may come with some challenges and we are looking for people who have the commitment to working through these together. We believe that participation in this start-up requires great passion for our objectives, the flexibility to adapt to the needs of the environment, and a resilient spirit rooted in the desire to achieve winning results as a team. Together we believe we will do great things for our people, our consumers, and our communities.

If you think that this opportunity might be for you, we encourage you to read more details about this exciting role below. 

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

Reporting to the Finance Leader the Finance Manager, Central Costing provides costing leadership, support and analysis to the plant finance and Poultry business leadership team.  We are looking for a versatile and self-motivated finance professional with strong technical skills and aptitude for modelling and analyzing data. This position plays a key role in the budget/forecast process and is responsible for the execution of monthly standard cost updates for the business.  
As the Finance Manager, Central Costing, you will:
  • Analyze and consolidate weekly - forecasts
  • Be responsible for validating and setting up standard cost of products/materials in SAP and manage the costing role for the ECR process
  • Review and complete all standard cost revisions for approvals and entry into the SAP system
  • Manage monthly costing changes in SAP - including live prices, co-manufacturing prices, and standard update changes
  • Lead the costing budget process for Poultry, inclusive of setting plant targets, SAP cost updates, COGS validation and overall financial impact
  • Be responsible for the preparation and analysis of monthly and quarterly forecasts and month end reporting
  • Work with all plants to ensure accuracy of all standard cost components (i.e., raw material yield, direct labour, packaging & ingredients)
  • Ensure compliance with C3 in relation to Journal entries and GL account reconciliations, and with external audit requirements including costing process walk-throughs and testing
  • Provide ad-hoc analysis and modelling to support projects and business decisions
  • Be responsible for the development of standard operating procedures for costing processes
  • Be an active business partner to the commercial and plant operations team including:
    • Provide leadership to plant finance team in understanding costing requirements
    • Interpreting cost changes and providing analysis on the cost changes
    • Identifying, recommending and supporting cost improvement opportunities
  • Providing financial analysis for business cases to support commercial initiatives and capital projects
  • Responsible to ensure accounting procedures adhere to International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) and approved corporate policies
  • Provide ad-hoc analysis to support projects and business decisions as required

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:

  • 3-5 years Manager Finance background in a manufacturing environment.
  • Completed Bachelor’s degree – ideally with specialization in business finance or accounting. 
  • Technology savvy individual with excellent aptitude for working in information systems modeling and analyzing data
  • Demonstrated experience in cost accounting, budgeting, and internal controls
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Strong interpersonal skills, ability to build relationships with business partners and team
  • Superb sense of urgency, attention to detail, organizational & problem-solving skills
  • A proactive self-starter with the confidence and curiosity to take initiative, ask questions and improve processes
  • Prior experience in food manufacturing and SAP are preferred

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