MRO Buyer

by Maple Leaf Foods

Location: London, ON
Date Posted: Jul 23, 2022
Maple Leaf Foods

Job Description

MRO Buyer

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:

The MRO Buyer is detail oriented, has strong analytical and interpersonal skills.  The buyer manages the procurement activities for the company to maintain its operations. The Buyer has experience with ERP programs. SRM, SAP Material Master and Ariba experience. The Buyer is familiar with warehouse management, maintaining excel files and applying Standard Operating Procedures in their work. The Buyer follows company policies, standards and guidelines as they apply to all activities. The Buyer is a key contributor to the continuous improvements of critical plant performance metrics in the areas of maintenance, productions, and finance.
  • Consistent with our leadership values, act as a champion for our culture by participating in the development and execution of a positive and productive environment focused on the needs of our people.
  • Responsible for the preparation and issuance of purchase orders through SRM for stock and non- stock materials used to maintain plant equipment. Inventory and consumables.
  • Preparation and issuance of purchase orders for services.
  • Implements purchasing procedures and processes to ensure the plant receives the right materials in the right quantity at the right time
  • Responsible for daily replenishment of spare parts through SRM.
  • Engage in cost effective solutions/analyses.
  • Receive price quotes from vendors, compare quotes against requirements.
  • Communicate with vendors on pricing, lead time and product.
  • Work with Planner to ensure all required parts are available prior to the work being scheduled
  • Coordinate with warehouse staff to resolve shortfalls in Inventory Levels.
  • Apply the Materials Management process in support planned maintenance operations.
  • Process parts/materials request to meet time requirement.
  • Track materials warranties in SAP for major/high value parts.
  • Resolve all open accounts payable issues as they occur
  • Ensuring products are purchased at the right time, to specifications and at a competitive price.
  • Negotiating with vendors and build a positive long-term relationship.
  • Update status of outstanding Purchase orders.
  • Proactively expedite parts with vendors.
  • Send reminder to Suppliers for late deliveries.
  • Researching new suppliers and make recommendations to the MRO Supervisor.
  • Drive cost reduction activities through spare parts alternate vendor sourcing while maintaining parts reliability.
  • This position will be expected to drive continuous improvement efforts in Purchasing.
  • Practices safe work habits and encourage others to do the same.
  • Must be able to be licensed with various Power workers.
  • Good leadership and communication skills works well in a team environment.
  • Promotes and maintains a safe working environment through compliance with MLF’s Health and Safety Program. This includes Food Safety and Environmental compliance.
  • Demonstrates a 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.
  • Identifies work to be performed and performs the work without being directed by others.
  • May be required to cover some duties of MRO Coordinator for vacation coverage. 
  • Other tasks as assigned.

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:

  • Experience in Manufacturing Plant, or heavy industry experience as a Buyer or a related role such as supply change management and/or Procurement/Buying is required.
  • Comfortable using a Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS), SAP-PM preferable
  • Excellent interpersonal, Critical thinking, Communication and Negotiation skills.
  • Ability to quickly learn SAP and associated indirect procurement module.
  • Strong knowledge of MRO parts and procurement.
  • Strong analytical and organizational skills.
  • Able to adapt to change and work towards efficient processes.

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

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