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Vice President, Operations 

Division: Operations 
Job Location: Ontario (GTA preferred) 
 

 

About Us: 

We are a global cannabis company driven by our passion to help people improve their lives. We have a diverse team who bring their best every day so Aurora can be the cannabis provider of choice for patients and consumers.  We love our work, and we especially love our high quality, innovative brands that make up the Aurora family – from Aurora, Aurora Drift, San Rafael ’71 and Whistler. 
  

Our people combined with our collective passion for the industry is what makes Aurora a special place to work and defines what we call our “A-Team”. We are a high-performing team of cannabis experts, innovators, and champions, that work, learn and win together. We think BIG, act BOLD and execute with PURPOSE in all that we do, and will stop at nothing to cultivate the ultimate cannabis experience for our community. 

 

The Role: 

We are searching for a strategic, passionate, and resilient professional to join our team in the role of Vice President of Operations to lead our Cultivation and Manufacturing facilities across Canada.  Reporting to the Executive Vice President, Operations and Supply Chain Officer, the VP Operations will be accountable for delivering on the objectives of SAFETY, QUALITY, SERVICE and COST through building an engaged and high-performance team. 

 

As a long-term strategic thinker, you are an inspiring people leader with a reputation for being ambitious, innovative, meticulous, and adaptable. With a purpose-driven approach, you will develop strong stakeholder relations within and outside the organization and have an executive presence to interact at all levels in the organization and effectively embed a purpose-driven culture across the business. 

 

What You’ll Be Doing: 

 

Strategic Direction 

  • Develop the strategic vision for manufacturing to achieve best in class operational excellence, which fully integrates all sites and brands under one corporate strategy. 

  • Further identify opportunities at each step of cultivation and manufacturing processes to reduce costs of goods sold, to create efficiencies, and to automate labor-intensive activities.  

  • Identify, recommend, and implement new processes, technologies, and systems to improve and streamline organizational processes and use of resources and materials. 

  • Develop recommendation for ‘Make vs Buy”  

  • Clearly communicate that vision, translate it into practicable, tactical actions, and effectively deploy the operations team against those activities. 

  • Collaborate with executive leadership to develop and meet company goals while supplying expertise and guidance on operations projects and systems. 

  • Identify, recommend, and implement new processes, technologies, and systems to improve and streamline organizational processes and use of resources and materials. 

  • Ensure that departmental decisions and project plans such as those for staffing, development, organization, material efficiency, hardware acquisitions, and facilities are in line with the organization's business plan and vision. 

 

Operational Execution Leadership 

  • Champion Safety, Quality, Customer Service and Engagement as the enabler to support business requirements and deliver profitability. Monitor and drive results through KPIs to measure performance against commitments and actively use results to redirect resources as required. 

  • Partner in the innovation and new product launches process to achieve On Time and Full launches whether internal or externally sources 

  • Accountable for cost to produce, labor costs, BOM costs, waste rates, overhead costs, WIP, greige, product quality, fulfillment costs, fulfillment speeds, and raw material inventory levels. 

  • Act as a mentor and inspirational leader.  

  • Build a higher performing manufacturing/supply chain organization by attracting, developing, and retaining the best talent possible within the function and throughout the organization.  

  • Build strong partnerships and establish credibility with the internal team, commanding respect based upon demonstrated leadership skills and functional excellence. 

  • Establish, communicate, and implement operations-related policies, practices, standards, and security measures to ensure effective and consistent support and execution. 

  • Liaise with Supply Chain team & Sales to ensure timely delivery of product orders to customers 

  • Ensure that customers’ warehouse and distribution activities are completed with high accuracy, quality, and speed; 

  • Maintain and lead productivity improvement initiatives to deliver service level and bottom-line improvements; 

  • Identify opportunities for improvements to existing sales and operations process to ensure team members can effectively execute 

  • Partner in the innovation and new product launches process to achieve On Time and Full launches whether internal or externally sources 

 

Requirements: 

The successful candidate will be a seasoned operations executive with 15+ years of proven experience within high growth organizations – likely coming from environments where driving operational effectiveness and efficiency is paramount. Consumer focused industry experience and a passion for cannabis would be considered a distinct asset. Well-qualified candidates will likely have requisite experience in all areas of operations including: 

 

  • University degree or equivalent combination of education & experience 

  • Technical / Functional Experience - Manufacturing – including Safety, Quality, Planning, Cost Management, Project Management  

  • Strong business acumen with a broad understanding of fundamental business operations.  

  • Deep manufacturing experience and a track record of performance improvements and developing production sites. Has managed multi-site networks and is a hands-on operations leader with real passion for driving activities across the production value chain. 

  • Demonstrable success in project management and vendor relationship management. 

 

Other Qualities We Require: 

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills. 

  • Professional and energetic demeanor in internal interactions. 

  • Patient and active listener. 

  • Collaborative team player – able to work effectively across a Matrix organization. 

  • Solution-oriented contributor. 

  • Highly organized and able to multitask 

  • Self-driven and proactive nature 

  • Experience in process creation & implementation 

 

 

 

Diversity and inclusion 

At Aurora, we are proud to foster and celebrate a diverse community of professionals! We take pride in nurturing an inclusive culture that empowers our people to be their authentic selves, celebrate their differences and love where they work. 

 

Our diverse community combined with our inclusive culture, is what sets us apart in the industry and this is why, we encourage all candidates to apply for job opportunities regardless of race, national origin, color, religion, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital and family status, disability, or any other identifying characteristic. If you require accommodation (including, but not limited to, an accessible interview site or alternate format of job posting) during the recruitment and selection process, please do not hesitate to let our team know! 

 

Health and safety 

Our mission at Aurora has always been to improve the health and wellness of our core community. We strive to create a safe, healthy, and inclusive environment for our team and strongly believe introducing a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy will help us achieve this. 

  

As of February 2022, Aurora has introduced a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy for all employees and as a condition of employment, all candidates must provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 or receive an approved medical or human rights accommodation prior to commencing employment with Aurora. If proof of vaccination is not provided or a request for accommodation is not approved, the offer of employment will be rescinded.  

 

Next steps 

Apply today by submitting your resume through our website. You can expect your application to be reviewed b shortly after you apply, and If applicable, Aurora Human Resources will contact you via your email address provided. We do not contact candidates over Facebook or other Social Media apps. You will never be requested to provide confidential information such as banking information or your Social Insurance Number in the interview process. 


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