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Senior Finance Analyst

GENERAL SUMMARY:

This position will report to the Director of Operations Finance and is responsible for a wide range of financial analysis tasks relating to operations and standard costing. This role will support accounting activities at specific operating locations across North America; including but not limited to overhead, inventory and capital spend analysis, controls, budgeting and standard costing.

ESSENTIAL POSITION FUNCTIONS:

  • Responsible for monthly reporting and analysis on plant operations, including the ability to analyze variances.
  • Responsible for building annual overhead budgets, working closely with site leads
  • Responsible for the set-up of new standard bills of material (BOM) and ensuring existing BOMs standards are accurate. Leads annual standard update and updates throughout the year as required.
  • Work with Internal Audit, as required.
  • Ensure financial records are maintained in compliance with company policies and procedures
  • Prepare financial management reports as requested
  • Prepare supporting schedules for the financial audits
  • Comply with relevant laws and regulations and ensure the integrity of financial data
  • Meet all financial reporting deadlines
  • Responsible for month-end accruals and analysis
  • Continuous improvement: Monitor operations and make recommendations on opportunities for improvement. Share knowledge between sites, working with them to implement best practices / recommendations consistently across all sites and monitor implementation to ensure proper execution/implementation.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

  • Be a positive, contributing team member
  • Strong attention to detail and ability to work with a high degree of accuracy
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet strict deadlines
  • Have excellent analytical and problem solving skills
  • Have excellent communication skills
  • Proficient with technology. Computer skills a must, specific proficiency in Excel (advanced formulas, pivot tables, filters), Word, PowerPoint, Internet and email.
  • Highly motivated with strong analytical, planning, problem-solving and time management skills.
  • Ability to act and operate independently with minimal daily supervision
  • Ability to work cooperatively with all levels of employees, management, and external parties.
  • Strong Fact Based Decision Making skills – supports decisions with data and uses data to solve problems
  • Ability to Establish Plans – set clear, measurable goals, anticipating roadblocks and adjusts for problems, can accurate assess the length and difficulty of tasks.
  • Change Champion – able to communicate changes, remove obstacles and understand who needs to be involved in driving changes.
  • Strong execution skills – can provide support without removing responsibility, monitors progress to ensure achievement of goals, coordinate with other work groups.
  • Possesses the ability to strategize and solve problems, working directly with operations.
  • Display a willingness to take on a broad range of duties and projects and comfortable with a flexible, hands on approach.
  • Strong customer focus – includes the ability to balance the needs of the customer with the needs of the business as well as fostering a strong customer focus mindset.
  • Excels in an environment that fosters process improvement and challenges status quo to eliminate non-value added work.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting required
  • Accounting/finance experience required
  • Strong understanding of accounting theory & transactions
  • Manufacturing accounting experience
  • Accounting designation or working towards one is preferred

WORK ENVIRONMENT:

  • Office; limited travel to sites across North America required

Purchasing Manager, NA

GENERAL SUMMARY:

This role is accountable for the identification, selection, negotiation and procurement of raw materials, packaging, equipment, corporate purchased items and other select items from qualified vendors. Responsible for developing and maintaining the corporate policies and procedures for purchasing across the company.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

  • Develop and maintain an operationally and technically competitive supply base.
  • Develop and implement sourcing strategies in alignment with the overall Operations strategy, and effectively manage the resulting relationships.
  • Secure supply contracts with preferred suppliers.
  • Identify, select, negotiate and secure raw material and packaging supply from qualified suppliers.
  • Deal with marketing and multiple packaging vendors on bag design and supply.
  • Minimizes in-bound freight costs through negotiation.
  • Leverage added value services from suppliers through contract negotiations.
  • Perform annual review with key suppliers
  • Works closely with Plants, supply chain and finance team to ensure effective management of raw material and packaging inventory. Ensures inventory levels are maintained between set min and max levels needed to meet forecast and control working capital.
  • Partners with supply chain and IT to develop MRP functions of ERP system.
  • Define cost reduction opportunities based on the total costs associated with procuring materials and services from selected suppliers.
  • Provide operational support which entails providing appropriate resources to the sites, monitoring supplier delivery and quality performance, expediting delivery schedule orders, and acting as the first point of contact between the Company and its’ suppliers.
  • Works with technical and marketing teams to ensure new, technically approved raw materials are sourced in timely manner for new product introduction and discontinued raw materials are existed in a controlled, cost effective way.
  • Measures and tracks KPI’s of supplier performance.
  • Plan for current and future needs and overcome obstacles to ensure success.
  • Keep ahead of market trends for price and security of supply using known industry standard indices.
  • Performs purchasing for corporate function on an as needed basis.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

  • Understand lead times, inventories for raw materials and delivery requirements and setting the standards and expectations for supplier to meet the needs of the company.
  • Ability to allocate resources to maximize the completion of current and future needs of the business.
  • Understand how to assess the entire flow of goods and materials to ensure efficient delivery, quality goods, and on-time delivery of those goods
  • Must be detailed oriented and have the ability monitor data and keep accurate product, contracts, pricing and invoicing information.
  • Concise communication through the organization
  • Agile decision-making skills
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office products and industry software.
  • Proficient developing and working with ERP systems
  • Ability to work with a diverse workforce.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business, purchasing or related field
  • Professional designation preferred
  • Demonstrated experience dealing with international suppliers
  • Demonstrated experience dealing with multiple bag packaging suppliers for packaging design and set up.
  • 7+ years of negotiation and procurement experience
  • 7+ years of a lean manufacturing environment
  • Demonstrate ability to develop MRP processes within ERP platform.
  • Strong financial analysis experience
  • Knowledge of supply chain management, inventory & manufacturing principles and logistics

WORK ENVIRONMENT

  • Typical of a standard office environment. Noise level is generally quiet.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:

  • Sitting and using office equipment (computers, telephones, calculators, copiers) for prolonged periods of time.
  • Lifting requirements generally under 25 lbs.

Technical Project Manager

Position Summary:

The Technical Project Manager is responsible for managing multiple key initiatives within the IKO Global Infrastructure and Operations team. The candidate will need to manage and prioritize the full project lifecycle with IT resource managers and other stakeholders in Business and IT from initiation through delivery.

Key Responsibilities:

  • This is a key IT management role within the Infrastructure and Operations team
  • Provides leadership in PM processes and best practices to IT team members.
  • Planning, executing and controlling all project management activities including scope management, requirements management, coordinating technical design and development teams, testing, communication management, issue/ risk management, budget and resource management.
  • Manage both internal onsite and offshore resources, and external resources with System Integrators.
  • Ensures information and operational issues concerning project status(schedules, deliverables, costs, risks, issues) passes to-and-from stake holders, project team, and management.
  • Effectively establish and manage processes with project leads, coordinators and supporting project teams to ensure all processes are effectively meeting business needs.
  • Monitor costs and project risks from all perspectives and effectively communicates appropriately.
  • Own complete project life cycle from definition to completion including success.
  • Establish new processes, document, consult, enforce and constantly drive project management process improvements.
  • Demonstrate an excellent ability to communicate, manage lead and influence teams that do not directly report to the project manager
  • Provide team member coaching, and work with IT resource managers on talent management opportunities.

Knowledge/Skills/Competencies Required:

  • BS/BA Degree in Computer Science or Business Management.
  • 8-10+ years’ experience in IT project management, PMP or CSM certified.
  • Industrial Manufacturing, Building Supply sector experience an asset
  • Strong understanding of current and emerging infrastructure technologies
  • Experienced with use of PPM tools, such as Innotas.
  • Candidate should be proficient in project management practices, a highly effective communicator and experienced in dealing with managing multiple complex projects concurrently.
  • Experienced with managing deployments of externally procured solutions, or development through deployment of in-house built solutions.
  • Proven experience in all knowledge areas of PM practice including scope, cost, time, integration risk, quality, HR, and communications management.
  • Experience with developing PMO processes and driving PM best practices to IT teams.
  • Ability to build and sustain excellent working relationships with in IT and across Business teams.
  • Working project experience in global companies across various time zones.
  • Travel estimated at 20%, within NA and EU

Product Manager I

General Summary

The Product Manager, Commercial, is responsible for both product planning and product marketing. This includes managing the product throughout the Product Lifecycle, gathering and prioritizing product and customer requirements, defining the product vision, and working closely with R&D and Portfolio Manager, to deliver winning products. It also includes working with sales, finance, operations, purchasing, and support to ensure revenue and customer satisfaction goals are met. The Product Manager’s job also includes ensuring that the product and marketing efforts support the company’s overall strategy and goals.

Responsibilities

Product Manager is responsible for overseeing and managing the production of a product from beginning to end, which can involve:

  • Using market research to get ideas for products that customers will want.
  • Helping to oversee the design and manufacture and planning how to market and promote the product to the customers, distributors and consumers.
  • Defining product marketing communication objectives.
  • Comparing the company’s products to competitor’s products in order to assess competition in the market.
  • Providing management with analyses and reports and responding to questions and requests from management.
  • Specifying and overseeing the research needed to determine the needs and desires of customers.
  • Recommends the nature and scope of present and future product lines by reviewing product specifications and requirements; appraising new product ideas and/or product or packaging changes.
  • Reviewing and adjusting inventory levels and product production schedules to maintain product availability.
  • Provides information for management by preparing short-term and long-term product sales forecasts and special reports and analyses; answering questions and requests.

Skills and qualifications

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills are required since the Product Manager has to communicate with team members, other departments, upper management and consumers of the company’s products.
  • Expertise in the product or market including specific technical or horticulture/agriculture/cannabis industry knowledge.
  • Superior project management and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to maintain a keen attention to detail, multitask and work well under pressure.
  • Natural tendency to be curious, positive and creative.
  • Team player who collaborates well with others.
  • Innovation: generating and collating new ideas, prioritizing the ones that look most interesting, and coming up with what the product proposition might be.

Critical Skills and Qualifications:

  • Product Management, Understanding the Customer, Product Development, Requirements Analysis, Pricing, Planning, Competitive Analysis, Sales Planning, Inventory Control, Financial Planning and Strategy
  • Contributes to team effort by accomplishing related results as needed.

Preferred Qualifications

  • B.S. Degree in Agriculture, Marketing, Business Administration or related discipline with 5+ years previous product management and/or sales experience.
  • It is essential that the candidate have, or can develop, a broad knowledge of the product portfolio
  • The candidate must be able to recognize competitive activities in the marketplace
  • This position requires travel to customers and non-customers sites in US.

Additional information

  • All applicants must be eligible to work in the US & Canada.
  • Normal office environment.
  • This position requires travel to customers and non-customers sites in US & Canada.
  • Tight time lines, so working extended hours during peak periods is required.
  • Capable of lifting 50 pounds.

Regional HSE Advisor – US

GENERAL SUMMARY:

The Regional Safety Advisor works throughout the region to drive the health, safety, and environmental culture throughout the designated area. The position requires a strong individual that can drive results with and through others while maintaining consistency and neutrality within the process. This position serves as a resource for all health and safety functions within the sites and assists in the coaching, mentoring, and implementation of the HSE program. This is a hands-on position and the incumbent will be expected to develop many different types of documents, procedures, rules, work instructions, etc.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

  • Be the resource for all HSE throughout the region.
  • Maintain and create Sun Gro HSE Management System documents including but not limited to policies and procedures, work instructions, training plans, and information postings specific to the region.
  • Responsible for assisting in identifying potential health, safety, and environmental hazards, and working with the Corporate HSE Manager on training or process improvement required to reduce the hazard.
  • Assist facility Supervisors and Managers with the application of the HSE system requirements.
  • Work with the Corporate HSE Manager to ensure all Sun Gro HSE trainings are completed.
  • Assist with the development of HSE training and education programs for staff within facillities.
  • Prepare Safety talks and training materials for all departments on the frequency required by the CHSE department. For example: Maintenance safety talks prepared for monthly meetings, Production safety talks are bi-weekly etc.
  • Complete internal audits in conjunction with each facility within region. In addition, assist and help prepare facilities for any external audit (i.e. Certification of Recognition (COR)).
  • Participate in JHSC meetings in region as needed.
  • Prepare monthly report on HSE system status, First Aids, Accident/Incidents JHSC activities.
  • Help facilities, in unison with HR, manage the worker’s compensation and return to work programs. Provide direction to supervisors and managers regarding claims management. Maintain chronology for each case.
  • Support and assist in implementing Corporate HSE safety action plans, and business plans.
  • Assist management with root cause analysis (RCA) investigation.
  • Assist in monitoring Safety Data Platform entries input by the locations, and work with other Safety Data Platform Operators in managing and escalating incident submissions. Train SunGro employees in HSE policies, procedures & practices according to legislations and internal trainings as required.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:

  • Understanding health, safety and environmental policies, procedures, guidelines, and best practices.
  • Regularly review and be familiar with all applicable legislation and standards to ensure compliance.
  • Ability to identify potential safety hazards and make recommendations to rectify the situation.
  • Organizational, analytical, and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to interact with production employees, supervisors, management, and governing authorities.
  • Proactively, and positively affect change in health and safety across the region.
  • Strong Fact-Based Decision-Making skills – supports decisions with data and uses this information to solve problems.
  • Ability to Establish Plans – set clear, measurable goals, anticipating roadblocks, and adjusts for problems, can accurately assess the length and difficulty of tasks.
  • Change Champion – able to communicate changes, remove obstacles, and understand who needs to be involved in driving changes.
  • Strong execution skills – monitors progress to ensure achievement of goals, coordinates with other workgroups.
  • Facilitate required HSE communications, updates, training, and new program developments within region.
  • Computer skills a must, specific proficiency in Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Internet, and email.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:

  • Community College Diploma minimum
  • Recognized formal training in one of Health and Safety, or Environmental studies.
  • Minimum 5 years of Health and Safety experience in both unionized & nonunionized manufacturing/production environment
  • Must be adaptable and able to gain the knowledge required to perform functions in a professional manner.
  • Strong communication skills – experience in facilitation, training, giving presentations and writing reports.
  • Strong computer skills and technical aptitude.
  • Must understand, respect, and adhere to workplace health, safety, and environment rules and regulations.
  • Strong relationship-building and management skills.
  • Must be able to travel up to 50% of the time within the region

Network Administrator

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Analyze and monitor network systems for maximum efficiency, including workload and capacity and provides recommendations for strategic direction. This includes Servers, network communications equipment and third party Internet Service Providers
  • Coordinate assigned work projects, such as converting to new hardware or software and provide other technical support to employees as needed.
  • Maintains internal documentation related to networks and Data Center
  • Contributes to the development of a 6-24 month rolling needs assessment to providing vision to the network and Data Center. This will include Vendor, equipment and policy reviews, road maps, and third party assessments.

EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE:

  • Bachelor’s Degree preferred with a focus in Information Technology or equivalenT
  • 5 plus years of related experience required

Product Manager I, Commercial

General Summary

The Product Manager, Commercial, is responsible for both product planning and product marketing. This includes managing the product throughout the Product Lifecycle, gathering and prioritizing product and customer requirements, defining the product vision, and working closely with R&D and Portfolio Manager, to deliver winning products. It also includes working with sales, finance, operations, purchasing, and support to ensure revenue and customer satisfaction goals are met. The Product Manager’s job also includes ensuring that the product and marketing efforts support the company’s overall strategy and goals.

Responsibilities

Product Manager is responsible for overseeing and managing the production of a product from beginning to end, which can involve:

  • Using market research to get ideas for products that customers will want.
  • Helping to oversee the design and manufacture and planning how to market and promote the product to the customers, distributors and consumers.
  • Defining product marketing communication objectives.
  • Comparing the company’s products to competitor’s products in order to assess competition in the market.
  • Providing management with analyses and reports and responding to questions and requests from management.
  • Specifying and overseeing the research needed to determine the needs and desires of customers.
  • Recommends the nature and scope of present and future product lines by reviewing product specifications and requirements; appraising new product ideas and/or product or packaging changes.
  • Reviewing and adjusting inventory levels and product production schedules to maintain product availability.
  • Provides information for management by preparing short-term and long-term product sales forecasts and special reports and analyses; answering questions and requests.

Skills and qualifications

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills are required since the Product Manager has to communicate with team members, other departments, upper management and consumers of the company’s products.
  • Expertise in the product or market including specific technical or horticulture/agriculture/cannabis industry knowledge.
  • Superior project management and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to maintain a keen attention to detail, multitask and work well under pressure.
  • Natural tendency to be curious, positive and creative.
  • Team player who collaborates well with others.
  • Innovation: generating and collating new ideas, prioritizing the ones that look most interesting, and coming up with what the product proposition might be.

Critical Skills and Qualifications:

Product Management, Understanding the Customer, Product Development, Requirements Analysis, Pricing, Planning, Competitive Analysis, Sales Planning, Inventory Control, Financial Planning and Strategy

Contributes to team effort by accomplishing related results as needed.

Preferred Qualifications

  • S. Degree in Agriculture, Marketing, Business Administration or related discipline with 5+ years previous product management and/or sales experience.
  • It is essential that the candidate have, or can develop, a broad knowledge of the product portfolio
  • The candidate must be able to recognize competitive activities in the marketplace
  • This position requires travel to customers and non-customers sites in US.

Additional information

  • All applicants must be eligible to work in the US & Canada.
  • Normal office environment.
  • This position requires travel to customers and non-customers sites in US & Canada.
  • Tight time lines, so working extended hours during peak periods is required.
  • Capable of lifting 50 pounds.

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