Director of Cultivation

  • Location: Moncton
  • Posting Date: March 07, 2023
  • Job Order ID: 909711
  • Consultant: Paul Melanson
  • Industry: Manufacturing
Reporting to the Plant Manager, the Director of Cultivation/Alternate Master Grower is responsible for providing leadership and direction for day-to-day horticultural operations of high quality cannabis cultivation. The ideal candidate is a proactive problem-solver who utilizes empirical decision-making abilities, excellent organizational skills, strong leadership capabilities, and can maintain a positive, professional attitude in a fast-paced and changing work environment. The candidate would be responsible to maintain optimal plant health throughout propagation, vegetative and flower stages to obtain high yields and exceptional quality while adhering to standard operating procedures in accordance with Health Canada regulations as well as CUMCS and EUGMP standards. The successful candidate will possess strong interpersonal skills and sense of urgency coupled with a proven ability to coach staff and build high performance teams.
Key Responsibilities:
  • Lead the cultivation team and execute on the cultivation strategy including ensuring completion of timely cultivation tasks and activities, conformance to plan, and associated paperwork;
  • Ensure organizational targets and KPIs are met with a focus on high safety and quality;
  • Mentor and develop the cultivation staff by providing timely information, coaching, training, direction, and guidance to accomplish established individual, departmental and company objectives;
  • Ensure compliance to EUGMP, CUMCS, and Health Canada standards;
  • Collaborate with Harvest and Drying to ensure high throughput, high yield, and high THC;
  • Ensure proper staffing levels are met by collaborating with the Planning Department to ensure proper resource allocation;
  • Collaborate with Plant Sciences/R&D to ensure a high quality and well-executed cultivation strategy (including new processes and cultivars);
  • Develop methods to monitor and measure department activity to identify areas of success and areas of opportunity to control the grow room environment to ensure high production efficiency and reduced manufacturing variances and material waste;
  • Monitor profit & loss targets relating to cultivation and implement corrective actions as needed;
  • Identify and ensure operational KPI’s regarding health & safety, cultivation performance, business processes, and regulatory compliance are met;
  • Champion an environment of continuous improvement, problem solving, and critical thinking as a subject matter expert;
  • Drives consistency across all teams including materials, procedures, and staff training;
  • Adheres to SOP’s and executes on procedures and work instructions for optimal growing and implements mitigation strategies as needed in collaboration with Plant Sciences; and
  • Other duties as may be required.

  • Bachelor’s degree in plant sciences, business management or a combination of relevant experience is required;
  • Experience with SOPs, GPP, EUGMP;
  • Minimum 5+ years in commercial cannabis production;
  • Minimum of 7-10 years’ experience as Manager in an operations setting;
  • Excellent understanding of horticulture/plant physiology in a production environment;
  • Ability to hold and maintain Security Clearance as per ACMPR;
  • Knowledge of daily operations of cultivation including processes and procedures within the propagation, vegetation, and flowering phases;
  • Knowledge of IPM and irrigation is an asset;
  • Knowledge of environmental controls is an asset;
  • Strong analytical skills;
  • Strong communication skills, both written and oral;
  • Ability to work with clear accountability, proactive behaviour and strong attention to detail;
  • Proficiency in using MS Office applications and other business tools such as Power BI;
  • Ability to handle projects with multiple work streams both independently and within a team;
  • Ability to plan, develop and implement production needs and labour to meet production
targets; and
  • Ability to work in adverse conditions. i.e. height, heat, high intensity lighting.
Reach out to Paul Melanson or Oliver Kuehm in the Halifax office to set a time to discuss more of the details.