Vice President, Operations

Nova Scotia
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Scotian Gold Cooperative is a tree fruit co-operative owned by over 30 apple growers in the Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia. Scotian Gold stores, packs, and markets approximately 60 percent of the apple production in Atlantic Canada. It is the largest apple packing and storage operation in Eastern Canada and exports throughout North America, the Caribbean and select markets in Europe and Asia. A culture of innovation and continuous improvement has allowed Scotian Gold to continue to grow and thrive throughout the decades.

Based in Coldbrook, NS, and reporting to the Chief Executive Officer, as the Vice President, Operations, you will manage a wide portfolio including maintenance, quality control, production, and the intake of apples. A key member of a long-serving senior leadership team, the Vice President will ensure the right structure, people, functional capabilities and workflows are in place to achieve strategic growth plans. Ensuring Scotian Gold adheres to best practices and standards by elevating operations, the Vice President will lead a seasoned team of 4 managers, and a total team of 60.

The Vice President, Operations will establish individual and team objectives in each area of responsibility ensuring consistency with Scotian Gold’s overall strategic vision. The development of continuous improvement, budget and project plans and regular reporting will be key to success.

As the ideal candidate you are a confident leader with significant operational and production experience, preferably within the food industry. A team player with a strong ethical mindset that promotes a positive corporate culture, with a successful track record of identifying and driving value within your organization. You are a hands on and trusted business advisor who works collaboratively with your team and a variety of stakeholders to identify opportunities to grow, improve and exceed expectations.

You understand automation and production processes and have a strong background in the implementation of continuous improvement initiatives in a mechanical environment. You are safety-focused with an entrepreneurial spirit and an appreciation for the lifestyle afforded by the beautiful Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia. P.Eng and Lean Six Sigma or ISO certifications are considered assets.

If you are interested in pursuing this exciting opportunity, please click "apply now" below. For more information please contact Kevin Stoddart at or Claire Holt at 902-424-1105 or

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