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"There's an enthusiasm among Mint employees - whether they've been here since the very beginning or are newcomers to the organization. I think that says something about the way the company treats its people."
"There's an enthusiasm among Mint employees—whether they've been here since the very beginning or are newcomers to the organization. I think that says something about the way the company treats its people."
As Operations Manager in Winnipeg, Jonathan Hayes works closely with the Director of the Mint to deliver on the organization's strategic objectives. He's responsible for finding ways to improve the Mint's operations and facilitate its move to become a lean manufacturer. Jonathan is also involved in research and development, helping generate innovative new products that keep the Mint always on the leading edge.
"No two days are ever the same, that's the beauty of my job. Every day brings new challenges and opportunities. Right now we're in the process of rolling out enterprise resource planning software across the entire organization. This is a huge undertaking that will result in some even bigger rewards, dramatically improving the way all departments communicate with each other. It's amazing to be a part of it."
Jonathan spent the last two and a half years furthering his education while working full-time. The Mint provided assistance with his studies and gave him the flexibility to complete his course work. "It was a fantastic opportunity that I'm really grateful for," he says, adding that the Mint goes above and beyond for its staff with such offerings as an onsite gym and Internet café, and by bringing in guest speakers—all of which Jonathan feels contribute to the morale of the team.
The Royal Canadian Mint has been selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers for the fourth consecutive year.
The famous poppy coin is Jonathan's all-time favourite Mint product. For him, this first-ever colour circulation coin is a true symbol of the Mint's innovation—and its commemorative nature makes it that much more special.