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BAND 3 – Category Manager, Cannabis Operations

Job Information
Author pmnationtalk
Date November 19, 2019
Type Full Time
Company BC Public Service
Salary $76,200.06 - $105,700.02 - Annual
Location Burnaby, BC
Category Business / Management
Client BC Public Service
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BAND 3 – Category Manager, Cannabis Operations

Posting Title: BAND 3 – Category Manager, Cannabis Operations
Position Classification: Band 3
Union: N/A
Location: Burnaby, BC V8J 1O1 CA (Primary)
Salary Range: $76,200.06 – $105,700.02 per annum
Close Date: 12/9/2019
Job Type: Regular Full Time
Temporary End Date
Ministry/Organization: BC Public Service -> Liquor Distribution Branch
Ministry Branch / Division: BC Liquor Distribution Branch
Job Summary

Category Manager, Cannabis Operations
Management Band 3
Burnaby, Regular/Full Time

STEP into a career with one of BC’s Top Employers since 2009.

The Liquor Distribution Branch (LDB) is one of two branches of Government responsible for the wholesale distribution and retail sale of beverage alcohol and non-medical cannabis. In 2018/19 the LDB recorded gross sales of $3.6 billion, generating a net income of $1.104 billion that supported vital public services including health care and education. It has a workforce of approximately 4600 full- and part-time employees working across 197 BC Liquor Stores, 7 BC Cannabis Stores  (online and stand alone), a Head Office, three Wholesale Customer Centres and three Distribution Centres.

The LDB is led by a General Manager and CEO who is responsible for administering the Liquor Distribution Act and the Cannabis Distribution Act, subject to direction from the Minister. As part of BC’s mixed-model retail system for liquor and non-medical cannabis, the LDB is committed to providing customers with an enhanced shopping environment, an expansive product selection and a high level of service.

In February 2018, the LDB was assigned to distribute, wholesale and sell non-medicinal cannabis inclusive of a government owned online channel with a mandate to support government’s key priorities of protecting children and youth, ensuring health and safety standards, and keeping the criminal element out of the supply chain.

The Category Manager is the LDB’s point person, and expert in all aspects of a category of cannabis products.  The Manager is responsible for leading, managing and providing expert advice and recommendations regarding all aspects of the product category.  This involves analysing data and industry feedback while creating an expanded product assortment to meet the needs of the private retail channel.    The Category Manager is accountable for the financial results of the product portfolio and for managing the end-to-end lifecycle of the extended assortment

To be considered for this competition, applicants must submit a cover letter and resume clearly identifying how they meet the qualifications necessary for this position. This information will be used as part of the selection process. Please note that a cover letter is a requirement for this competition.

An eligibility list for temporary or permanent future opportunities may be established. A criminal record check is required. This position is excluded from union membership.

For complete details about this opportunity, including accountabilities, please refer to the attached job profile.  For specific position related enquiries, please contact Ray Sandhu, Advisor, HR by phone at 604 252 8569.  For more information about how to complete your job application, add/edit your resume and for more useful tips when applying for jobs, please refer to the Your Job Application page on the MyHR website. If you are still experiencing technical difficulty applying for a competition, please send an e-mail to , before the stated closing time, and we will respond as soon as possible to assist you.

Only applications submitted using the BC Public Service Recruitment System on this website will be accepted.

NOTE: Applications will be accepted until 11:00 pm Pacific Standard Time on the closing date of the competition.

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Education and recent, related experience 

  • Formal education (diploma, certificate)  related to category management, merchandising or a related discipline or an equivalent combination of on-the-job training / courses; AND
  • A minimum of three years of recent, related experience.*

    *Recent, related experience must include:

  • Experience in vendor management, category management and/or product consultant with an emphasis on category management at a corporate level.

Preference may be given to candidates with:

  • Experience as a cannabis educator.
  • Experience building and maintaining productive working relationships with key stakeholders.
  • Experience managing merchandising operations for a large, distributed wholesale/retail operation.
  • Experience supervising staff and establishing priorities, allocating, and managing human and fiscal resources.

Knowledge of:

  • Category management, inventory management, and merchandising
  • Theories, principles and best practices of merchandising/purchasing management, business analytics
  • Current external business environment conditions which have an impact on the business: retail trends, merchandising, competitive factors, pricing, planning
  • Financial management, human resource management


  • Superior written and oral communication skills and attention to detail when communicating
  • Superior interpersonal abilities, and proven ability to deal courteously, tactfully and diplomatically with employees and the general public
  • Superior collaboration and negotiation skills
  • Ability to achieve deadlines within tight timelines while managing multiple priorities
  • Ability to communicate complex information in a manner than can be understood by the audience
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