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Meat Lab Manager
Department of Animal Biosciences, Ontario Agricultural College
Hiring #: 2020-0359

Please read the Application Instructions before applying

The University of Guelph has a federally inspected Meat Science Laboratory (“Meat Lab”) located in the Department of Animal Biosciences. It is the only department of its kind in Ontario and one of the leading animal science departments globally. The purpose of the Meat Lab is to provide a means for teaching and research in all aspects of meat science. The Meat Lab is licensed to slaughter, cut and process the major red meat species along with processing poultry, and is also licensed to manufacture ‘Ready to Eat’ meat products. The University of Guelph is seeking applicants to fill the Meat Lab Manager position. This position is responsible for working in the facility and managing the day-to-day operations of the facilities and equipment along with supervising staff and all users of the University of Guelph Meat Laboratory.

This position is a unique opportunity for someone with meat management experience to manage a meat production facility that encompasses harvest to finished products and address the challenges of each in a research-based environment.

Reporting to the Chair of the department, the role is responsible for:

Meat Laboratory operations and enabling efficient provision of services for University of Guelph faculty, staff and students and outside industry groups
Providing day to day administrative duties for the Meat Lab including scheduling all activities and assigning staff
Overseeing the hiring, training and supervision of full-time, part-time staff and casual staff
Working on the harvest floor and is involved in carcass fabrication and grading, and meat processing
Performing all tasks related to livestock harvest, carcass fabrication and grading, and further meat processing as needed
Developing the Meat Lab budget in collaboration with the Administrative Officer and the Department Chair
Overseeing activities of the Meat Lab including financial transactions, work orders, purchase orders, time keeping, etc.
Involved in Industry Extension such as hosting and organizing workshops on advancements in the meat industry
Requirements of the position include:

Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Science with a major in Animal Science and/or Meat Science and a minimum of one (1) year of experience in the industry managing slaughter operations and/or carcass fabrication, or an equivalent combination of education and experience
Basic knowledge of meat production and processing techniques that include slaughter (harvest) of specific red meat species, carcass fabrication, meat quality evaluation, fresh meat and ready-to-eat processing
Supervisory experience or demonstrated leadership skills
Basic understanding of HACCP and ensuring food safety
Proven organizational, analytical, and problem-solving skills
Ability to multi-task and troubleshoot
Good interpersonal and communication skills (oral and written) with the ability to interact in a positive and supportive manner
Ability to conduct themselves with a high degree of tact and diplomacy
Good computer knowledge, including experience with PowerPoint, Word, and Excel
Previous financial experience and developing budgets would be an asset
Position Number 108-183
Classification P04
Professional/Managerial Salary Bands

At the University of Guelph, fostering a culture of inclusion is an institutional imperative. The University invites and encourages applications from all qualified individuals, including from groups that are traditionally underrepresented in employment, who may contribute to further diversification of our Institution.

Posting Date: 2020 12 10
Closing Date: 2021 01 18