Human Resources Manager

Vineland Research and Innovation Centre (Vineland) is recruiting for a Human Resources Manager to work in an industry-driven research environment. Vineland is a uniquely Canadian results-oriented organization dedicated to horticulture science and innovation. We deliver innovative products, solutions and services through an integrated and collaborative cross-country network to advance Canada’s research and commercialization agenda. We are an independent, not-for-profit organization, funded in part by the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, a federal-provincial-territorial initiative.

Our people are the most important asset in achieving our goals and are known in the world for excellence in science and entrepreneurship. Our staff enjoys an exciting and challenging work environment noted for collaboration and knowledge sharing.

Vineland welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.

This position will start May 31, 2021.

Duties & Responsibilities

This position is responsible for providing expertise and support in all facets of Human Resources including HRIS management, labour relations, policy development and legislative compliance, health & safety, talent acquisition (recruitment, selection, retention) and HR project management. Reporting to Vineland’s Vice President, Operations, this position supports the Vineland Senior Management Team (SMT) to provide business partner-centered HR support and advice across Vineland operations through leading, instituting and assisting in the management of progressive and effective human resources practices. This requires the appropriate combination of vision, leadership, interpersonal skills, human resources and policy development experience.


Provides Human Resources support and technical expertise in support of corporate objectives:

  • Functions as a project lead to support the implementation of identified HR initiatives (i.e. ADP Workforce Now™ software and HRIS system implementation, performance management, succession planning, etc.)
  • Provides Human Resources leadership and guidance to the Senior Management Team, managers and employees at all levels
  • Coordinates and supports HR functions, including but not limited to:
    • Labour and employment relations
    • Learning and development
    • Performance management
    • Talent attraction and retention
    • Recruitment, selection and on-boarding
    • Disability management
    • Health & safety
    • Policy and procedure compliance
    • Compensation and benefits administration
  • Works collaboratively with the Vice President, Operations to resolve concerns and inquiries regarding programs, policies and benefits
  • Develops project and work plans that address direct delivery of HR core functions
  • Communicates HR policies and procedures, Employment Standards legislation and regulations and promotes HR programs that support Vineland’s core values:
    • Ensures certification for management and employee representatives for health & safety compliance
    • Ensures all employees complete and maintain general and mandatory H&S training and documentation 

Provides advice and guidance on organizational issues in support of corporate vision, objectives and people management strategies:

  • Provides insight and recommendations as an HR subject matter expert to support all areas of business, positive work culture, operational opportunities/risks in order to support the development, launch and ongoing maintenance of key HR programs
  • Supports short- and long-term HR strategic planning efforts, problem-solving and recommendations to the Senior Management Team
  • Maintains people metrics, themes and formulates recommended actions for SMT, managers and management teams
  • Researches, gathers information and offers recommendations for changes to policies, procedures and processes that ensure compliance and effectiveness
  • Acts as corporate lead with pension and benefits administration including:
    • Monitoring monthly billing/utilization, employee support on benefit-related issues and referrals
    • Benefit provider service level, regular program review, cost-effectiveness and coverage provider and plan recommendations


  • Post-secondary degree with a focus on Human Resources, related field or equivalent
  • Certification in Human Resources Management and/or professional HR designation (preferred)
  • Minimum of eight years of experience in Human Resources, preferably in a medium-sized organization with diverse, professional workforce and proven responsibilities across a broad base of human resources functions
  • Ability to communicate a strong commitment to Vineland’s Mission and Vision
  • A strong vision for people management – development and care of employees
  • Experience with HR/HRIS software systems and implementation (e.g. ADP Workforce Now™ or equivalent)
  • Demonstrated self-confidence and strong interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrated effective oral and written communications skills
  • Ability to prioritize competing demands and projects


  • Previous experience with Health & Safety
  • Previous experience with employment legislation and regulatory compliance
  • Strategic thinking with strong analytical skills, creative problem solving and problem resolution
  • Previous experience with employee growth and development, including effective performance management practices
  • Previous experience with the development, implementation and monitoring of an effective policy framework for all human resource matters
Full Time Position
Closing Date: April 12, 2021
Location: 4890 Victoria Avenue North, Vineland Station, Ontario, Canada, L0R 2E0

Apply Today

Please fill out the online application for this position. You will receive confirmation that your application has been received. Only those chosen for an interview will be contacted.

Our people are the most important asset in achieving our goals and are known in the world for excellence in science and entrepreneurship.

Our staff enjoys outstanding benefits and an exciting and challenging work environment noted for collaboration and knowledge sharing all set against a backdrop of natural beauty.

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