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Manager, Cultivation

Remote (Ontario, Canada)

Reporting to the Director, Operations, the Manager, Cultivation is responsible for ensure the organizational performance standards are met through various growing and plant health activities. This includes but is not limited to stock plant maintenance, cloning, irrigation, integrated pest management (IPM)pest control, climate control and the scheduling of propagation, cultivation, harvest and drying. This role will also work closely with various departments to ensure all production needs are met and effective reporting.  

 

A Little About Us 

Hi, we’re Aurora Cannabis, and we’re so excited to meet you!


We’re a global cannabis company with operations across Europe and North and South America. We’re driven by our passion to help people improve their lives and 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, Greybeard 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.


Are you looking to join a vibrant culture? Does the idea of working with a group of cannabis experts, innovators and enthusiasts excite you? – If so, the A-Team is the perfect place for you. 

 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:  

  • Hands-on leadership, training and coaching of direct reports including supervisors and team members (>100 indirect reports) to achieve Safety, Quality, Cost and Employee Engagement Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) across the propagation, flower, irrigation and harvest teams. 
  • Provide open and honest communication to cultivation team and provide fair and balanced performance feedback to staff on a regular basis to encourage and motivate the team and create a positive work environment. 
  • Encourage employee involvement to achieve shared organizational objectives. 
  • Recognize unsafe conditions and practices and make corrections to prevent injuries and lost time. Work with supervisors to maintain a safe working environment, including effective control of hazards. 
  • Support completion of safety inspections in all Cultivation areas and drive effective investigation and inspection programs. 
  • Collaborate and effectively communicate with the site leadership team, Cultivation leadership across the Aurora organization, and any other internal or external stakeholders as needed. Escalate all issues with a crop and/or the production process to all the relevant parties. 
  • Recommend, perform, and coordinate corrective and preventative actions to address issues and drive continuous improvement. 
  • Monitor daily activities to determine opportunities for improvement in productivity, efficiency, and quality. 
  • Along with the IPM team, coordinate timely and effective pest and disease control measures as required. 
  • Lead optimization of cultivation from end-to-end in collaboration with Cultivation Science team and Special Projects – Chief Cultivator, including project initiation, management, and reporting. 
  • Work closely with Manufacturing Manager and extended team to ensure the production plan is maintained and adjusted for post-harvest trimming and any other downstream processes as needed. 
  • Must adhere to Aurora SOPs, ISO requirements, Occupational Health and Safety Act, Health Canada’s Cannabis Act, and any additional regulatory or customer requirements for regions supplied by the River facility (for example – CUMCS, GACP, EU GMP where applicable). 
  • Promote and maintain GMP/GACP requirements across all Cultivation departments. 
  • Position details and activities may change from time to time to meet operational needs. 
  • Other duties as required. 

 

WORKING CONDITIONS 

  • Physical effort is required, lifting, pushing and pulling. 
  • Temperatures range from 20 degrees Celsius to 30 degrees Celsius 
  • Ability to work weekends, holidays and after hours as required 
  • Must be comfortable working at heights 

 

Education and/or Work Experience Requirements:  

  • Post-secondary degree in Agriculture/Horticulture or relevant experience is preferred. 
  • Must have experience managing/supervising a team of 50-100. 
  • 2-5 years of commercial plant propagation is an asset 
  • Excellent organizational skills and the ability to achieve objectives. 
  • Excellent communication and problem-solving skills. 
  • Intermediate to excellent computer skills in MS Office 
  • Excellent time management, leadership, decision making, and interpersonal skills. 
  • Knowledge with climate control systems (for example: Priva, Argus or Hoogendoom). 

 

Why you’ll love working at Aurora 

Our people are at the heart of everything we do here at Aurora, and we take pride in fostering an inclusive space that inspires our team to love where they work! From rewarding career opportunities to flexible work environments to team activities, we go above and beyond to prioritize your success and here’s how we do it…

  • Flexibility: you will enjoy a flexible work environment that is the perfect blend of work and fun! With flexible working hours to paid sick and vacation time, you will be empowered to achieve work-life balance in all that you do.
  • Total rewards: we will motivate you to go above and beyond with a competitive salary, stock options, an RRSP program, annual bonuses, and a health and personal care spending account for you to use for gym memberships, ski passes or staycations.
  • Benefits: we will foster your health and wellness (and your dependents) with our employee benefits package including, employer-paid health and dental care premiums, life insurance and LTD policies and a medical cannabis coverage program, designed exclusively for our A-Team.
  • Life-long learning: we’re lifelong learners here at Aurora and will invest in your professional development throughout all aspects of your career! You will have access to a tuition assistance program, virtual learning activities and annual performance reviews, to ensure you are provided with the toolkit and support you need to succeed.
  • Perks: we love to celebrate our people by providing corporate perks including employee discounts, perkopolis memberships, company SWAG, paid volunteer time, modern technology and snacks and beverages at all our office locations.
  • Team: we are a diverse and global team of cannabis enthusiasts, energetic innovators, fitness gurus, caring parents, foodies and more, with a collective passion to nurture an inclusive environment that helps you grow and provide people better days with medical cannabis.


Next steps 

Apply today by submitting your resume through our website. You can expect your application to be reviewed by a human recruiter (not a robot) shortly after you apply, and our team will contact you via email if we see a fit.


Think you’re the ideal candidate but you don’t meet all the requirements? Apply anyways! We would love to review your application to see if you’re the right fit or find you an alternative opportunity. Not the role for you? That’s okay! Visit our careers page to find the perfect opportunity for you or share this posting with a friend or colleague that you think would be a great fit (hot tip: if you are an Aurora employee, take advantage of the employee referral program by sharing this posting with someone in your network! If they are the successful candidate, you may be eligible for a bonus!).


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 equips our A-Team with superpowers – and this is why, we encourage all candidates to apply for job opportunities regardless of race, national origin, colour, 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.


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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