Vice President, Operations

Vineland Research and Innovation Centre (Vineland) is recruiting for a Vice President, Operations to work in an industry-driven research environment.  Vineland is a world-class research centre dedicated to horticultural science and innovation. Located in Canada’s Niagara Region, on the traditional territory of Anishinaabeg, Ojibway/Chippewa and Haudenosaunee peoples, this territory is covered by the Upper Canada Treaties. 

Vineland’s mission is to deliver innovative products and production solutions that address the needs of the horticulture industry and advance Canada’s research and commercialization agenda. We are an independent, not-for-profit organization, funded in part by the Canadian Agricultural Partnership.

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 is committed to employment equity, diversity and inclusion in the workplace.  We welcome applications from all qualified candidates including women, Indigenous peoples, members of visible minorities and racialized groups, persons with disabilities, persons of the 2SLGBTQ+ community, and others.  In accordance with all applicable provincial accessibility standards, accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the recruitment, selection and/or assessment process.

Applications are encouraged immediately and should be submitted online below. We appreciate all applications received; however, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

Duties & Responsibilities

Reporting to the CEO, the Vice President, Operations provides leadership to a multi-disciplinary team responsible for operations, facilities (buildings, greenhouses and farms), Human Resources and health and safety. The Vice President has a major responsibility assisting the CEO in achieving its mission, vision and values.


(A more comprehensive position outline is available upon request)

As member of the Senior Management Team you will support the development, implementation and evaluation of organizational strategy, risk management and decision-making.

In your leadership role as Vice President, you will:

  • Lead and manage the Operations team by creating a positive work environment and culture
  • Create mechanisms to improve teamwork and collaboration between department staff and enhance the performance of cross-functional groups
  • Collaborate in the financial management of the organization through sound strategic and financial planning, while managing and administering the annual operating budget for the Operations team
  • Provide overall responsibility for Vineland’s integrated systems and information technology infrastructure by developing and implementing short- and long-term technology plans that meet standards for integrity and security
  • Secure and maintain appropriate insurance for all assets and operations, including professional insurance for Vineland and Board members
  • Provide oversight on the development and execution of comprehensive building, greenhouse and farm operations plans, including capital expansion projects
  • Establish and oversee organization-wide human resources practices, programs, services, policies and processes that support the strategic direction of Vineland
  • Lead and manage programs that ensure employee health, safety and the protection of the environment; ensuring compliance to health, safety and environmental laws


You are a collaborative leader with demonstrated success driving transformative change management through strategic planning and leadership. You will provide oversight in the areas of operations, facilities and human resources and have a:

  • Post-graduate degree (i.e. MBA) and a minimum of 10 years of executive experience (preferably in the not-for-profit and/or research sector). An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.
  • Minimum of five years of senior manager experience in health, safety and environment leadership
  • Demonstrated leadership experience with core values centered on a participative communication style with a high degree of transparency and leading by example through walking around and communicating with all levels of the organization effectively
  • Demonstrated experience with a commitment to building leadership capacity
  • Evidence of well-developed strategic thinking and project management skills in a deadline-driven environment where multi-tasking and prioritizing are constantly required
  • Excellent communication skills (written, oral and interpersonal) combined with outstanding human relations, team building and organizational skills
  • Advanced skills and experience in project management; maintain and support business processes; manage within financial constraints, including budget control, data integrity and meeting reporting requirements.


  • A cover letter stating how your experience qualifies you for the position 
  • Résumé
  • Contact information of three references
Full Time Position
Closing date: Open until filled
Location: 4890 Victoria Avenue North, Vineland Station, ON 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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