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Careers in Sustainability

This position is supported through the Careers in Sustainability program, a joint initiative of the Nova Scotia Innovation Hub and IGNITE. Wage subsidies are available for candidates who are unemployed, getting less than full-time hours, or are getting full-time hours in a low-wage or precarious position. Email ryan.duff@bioapplied.com if you're unsure of your eligibility, or visit www.careersinsustainability.ca to learn more.

Company Background 

Oberland Agriscience is a Halifax-based agribusiness that is tackling the challenge of global food  insecurity by transforming organic waste and by-products into innovative goods by rearing black  soldier fly larvae. These goods include high quality protein (as an ingredient for commercial feed  product), specialty pet foods, live feeder insects, and fertilizer. In its pilot farm on the outskirts  of Halifax, pre-consumer organic waste is diverted to an indoor farm that is thousands of times  more productive than a traditional land-based farm. 

The Opportunity 

The Operations Manager is a full-time position within the Oberland team to manage the  industrial scale protein production process at Oberland’s facility. This, which includes feed  handling, full lifecycle management, and wholesale product packaging. 

Specific duties of the Operations Manager include: 

  • Primary contact for suppliers (waste supply, materials supply, consumables). Primary contact for third party testing and data collection. 
  • Oversight and management of rearing and protein technician personnel. Daily walk-through of facility for process check-ins. 
  • Budgeting and forecasting operational costs for waste processing and protein  production. 
  • Expense tracking, bookkeeping and data entry of costs related to facility management. Maintenance and validation of all processing equipment. 
  • Responsible for electronic data collection and facility compliance within Oberland’s  regulatory framework – heat, ventilation, odour control, water monitoring. Staff scheduling for 7/365 operations. 
  • Facility and equipment repairs, primary contact for all third-party contractors. Working with the QA/QC Manager to ensure daily compliance to SOPs, GMP and GMS. Collaborate with the CSO and technician team to develop process improvements and  automation planning and implementation. 

Specific qualifications required: 

  • Degree or diploma in biology or agricultural science 
  • Knowledge of and previous experience with Canadian GMP (Good Manufacturing  Practices) standards and compliance 
  • Practical experience with quality management systems 
  • Previous experience with CFIA compliance an asset
  • Understanding of UN-SDGs and how they can be practically applied in an indoor farm  setting 
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills with high attention to detail Proficient computer skills (word processing and spreadsheets), database experience an  asset 
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced start-up environment 
  • Understanding of and ability to adhere to Safety Policies including the use of proper PPE  and other safety equipment 

The Operations Manager role requires an ability to work independently as well as part of a  cooperative team. As head of Operations, this role will be required to manage staff and be the  champion of production efficiency within the Oberland facility. 

The Operations Manager reports directly to the Chief Executive Officer, and will supervise the  Process Technician(s) and Rearing Technician(s).  

Closing Date: July 31, 2021

Start Date: September 7, 2021


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