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Sanitation Supervisor

Langley, British Columbia · Manufacturing
Bimbo Canada is Canada’s largest bakery, operating for more than 100 years. It is a leading producer and distributor of fresh packaged breads and snacks with more than 1,000 products across 18 brands Canadians know and love, like Dempster’s®, Stonemill®, Villaggio®, Vachon® cakes and Takis®. Bimbo Canada is proud to feed Canadian families with safe, high-quality products they can trust made by Canadians, for Canadians at 16 bakeries, 14 distribution centres and 191 depots across the country. Bimbo Canada is a wholly owned subsidiary of Grupo Bimbo, the world’s largest baking company. Together, they are nourishing a better world with delicious baked goods and snacks by building a sustainable, highly-productive and deeply-humane company. We are dedicated to building a diverse workplace that promotes equity and belonging, where all associates can develop and contribute to the transformation of our company, the baking industry and our communities. For more, visit www.bimbocanada.com.

Position Title: Sanitation Supervisor
Reports To: Operations Manager
Location: Langley Bypass
Job Purpose: Manage and supervise the sanitation and safety standards of the plant and associates.
Safety Culture
Job safety is the first responsibility of every individual that is part of an operating team.  Compliance with safety rules, operating procedures, and sound practices is the expectation for all personnel working in the Bakery.
Product safety, legality and quality are essential responsibilities expected of every associate.  Product safety is freeing the product of any contaminants like chemicals, allergens or foreign materials such as glass, wood or metal.  Legality compliance is meeting regulatory requirements (Canada & US if intended for export) in terms of weight and declaration of ingredients.  Product quality is meeting customers’ specifications and expectations.
Job Responsibilities (What the job holder has to do in order to achieve the job purpose.)

Key Components

Priority % of Time  
Management of Sanitation Associates
  • Manage the Day to day activities of the sanitation crew
  • Work in partnership with production & schedule associates accordingly
  • Develop Standard operating procedures & controls
  • Improve performance and sign off sanitation work has been done
  • Identify and drive objective and measurable cost saving initiatives
  • Provide support to Lean initiatives
  • Meet sanitation standards in order to set production up for success on time
  • Enforce GMPs and HACCP
Management of Hourly Production Staff / Labour Relations
  • Drive leadership coaching and development with hourly staff
  • Motivate, train, develop, coach, and front-line associate associates
  • Manage collective agreement and labour relation issues
  • Responsible for ensuring all associates are aware of operating / safety procedures
  • Participating in the Recruitment, selection and on boarding of new associates
Health and Safety
  • Maintain the safety of the department to ensure the team works in a “safety culture” environment
  • Conduct monthly safety crew meeting
Management and Receiving
  • Use analytical skills to define, justify and implement continuous improvement initiatives Drive leadership coaching and development with hourly staff
  • Motivate, train, develop, coach, and front line associate
  • Manage labour relation issues
  • Conduct performance review min. yearly with hourly associates
  • Responsible for ensuring all associates are aware of operating / safety procedures
  • Create development action plans for associates
Quality & Food Safety
  • Ensure customer satisfaction by maintaining product integrity; practicing highest levels of GMP’s and conforming to HACCP pre-requisite program and all associated SOP’s.
  • Follow Job Responsibilities as per BRC and other regulatory bodies
  • Maintain work area to exceed expected levels of cleanliness and orderliness and implement 5S culture
Decision Making Responsibilities  
  • Assigning OT, reallocation of labour
  • Organizing for start ups, off line work, work on the schedules
  • Interpreting and applying the provisions of the CBA
  • Evaluation and development of associates
Job Dimensions  
Financial Non-Financial
  • Hit/ surpass budget numbers
Management and development of associate and operation systems  
Reporting Relationships
Direct (Indicate No. & Title of each) Indirect (Indicate No. & Title of each)
15 sanitation associates    
  • Working Relationships
Internal External
  • Human Relations
  • Quality Assurance
  • Maintenance
  • Continuous Improvement
  • Plant Outbound
  • Production
  • Production Planning
  • Union
  • Transport
  • Suppliers
  • Auditors

Environmental Considerations

Current Challenges:
  • Advancing the cultural shift for full associate engagement
  • Improvement of safety management
  • Development of leadership in sanitation department
  • Associates being moved to production dutys
Short-Term Expectations/Deliverables:
@ 6 Months
  • Build a good working relationship with the production manager and supervisors
  • Start making the cross functional connections
  • Be mostly independent running the team
@ 12 Months
  • Take ownership of a piece of the facility
  • Start developing lead hands and other associates
Cultural, or organizational factors that may impact initial business results or success:
  • Lower volume
  • Associate morale
  • Timely execution/ Accountability
Elements that may cause frustration in this role:
  • High level of change
  • Changing of culture and roles to advance direct associate engagement
  • Mostly new associates in sanitation roles
  • Execution and Accountability
Critical-to-Quality (CTQs) Person Specification – For selection, interview and testing
(The experience, qualifications, knowledge and skills needed by the job holder to achieve the job responsibilities.)
Necessary, must-have role related knowledge, skills and experience at selection: No more than four (4)
  1. Values-based behavior, especially in the realm of Doing What’s Right and Dare to Be Transparent.
  1. Knowledge and experience of production lines in a fast pace operations.
  1. Experience in a team-based environment where success depended on working together.
  1. University or college education or strong business/analytical experience .
(The competency that needs to be consistently displayed by the job holder to achieve the job responsibilities.)
Core Competencies
                                                                       % of Time
Role Specific Competencies
                                                                         % of Time
  • Logical Thinker
  • SOP’s, implementation of operational programs
  • Humility – ability to learn
  • Managing and developing people
  • Culture development
  • Conduct regular associate performance assessment
  • Create action plans for continuous improvement
  • Managing labour relations
  • Confidence
  • Lean Tools
  • Persistence & Initiative
  • Focus on Safety risks, hazards and fixes
  • Adaptability
  • Sanitation/Baking equipment and process knowledge
Proven Track Record Needed – Demonstrated abilities in order to execute immediately
May include financial scope, associate’s managed, complexity: (Interview must test for evidentiary support)
  • 2-5 years of leadership experience  - supervisory or lead hand
  • Ability to create, deliver and monitor personal and subordinates developmental plans
  • 2-5 years labour relations experience
  • Excellent Communication, problem solving and organizational
Job Requirements
  • Ability to demonstrate commitment to continuous learning and/or degree / diploma in business, engineering, or related field.
  • Ability to develop and maintain supportive cross functional relationships
  • 2-5 years of progressive analytical/business experience
  • Ability to demonstrate values consistent behaviour
  • Ability to read and interpret financial and performance reports
  • High level of energy, self motivation and commitment to personal & professional development
  • Ability to work shift rotations as necessary
  • Proven project management skills
  • Proficient Computer Skills in MS Office
  • Ability to work under pressure and provide decisive leadership
  • Strong experience in building high functioning teams; managing and developing people
  • Strong oral & written skills, proven ability to communicate
Position/GB Company Attractions
  • Development of top performers
  • Opportunities for advancement through the broader organization
  • Positive dynamic learning and performance culture

Please note that all applicants that will be considered for this role must be double vaccinated for COVID-19. Successful candidates will also be required to provide proof of their vaccination status during the recruitment process.


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