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Posted March 23rd

Sr. Director, Walkerville Operations

Windsor, Ontario

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Posted March 23rd

Sr. Director, Walkerville Operations

Windsor, Ontario

Company Name: Hiram Walker & Sons Ltd.

Location: Windsor, ON

Hiram Walker & Sons Limited , a Pernod Ricard Company, is the place where ambition thrives. As part of a global enterprise, we are proud to be delivering the market such exciting brands as Wiser's Whisky, Polar Ice Vodka, Malibu Rum, and Lamb's rum. Let your ambition lead you toward outstanding opportunities with progressive rewards. For insight on our heritage please click

Position Summary:

Overall responsibility for operations includes manufacturing, conversion, performance improvement, production planning, scheduling, logistics, purchasing, warehousing, engineering, business planning, capital management, budgeting, and information and decision support systems for the Walkerville Production Site Windsor, ON.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Develops business strategy for the Production Division, including business, production opportunities including product additions utilization and flexibility.
  • Optimizing Walkerville operations efficiency, capacity utilization and cost effectiveness.
  • In conjunction with entire management team: evaluating, establishing and achieving appropriate operating and financial business performance measures.
  • Foster an entrepreneurial culture within the Company that constantly generates innovative ideas, products and services to enhance effectiveness and create competitive advantage.
  • Coach and develop the production management team to be an effective, aligned and collaborative team.
  • Capitalize on internal and external third-party opportunities and ensure resources are wisely leveraged to maximize short and long-term profit.
  • Develop strategy to achieve Global Sustainability targets of Pernod Ricard Group within the facility
  • Develop and manage annual operating, overhead budgets, capital projects and execute actions plans that drive efficiencies. Manage resources to ensure objectives are delivered.
  • Provides leadership to managers, supervisors and/or professional staff; may also include technical/business support or production/operation staff. Builds high performance work groups focused on customer service and delivering results. Inspires and motivates employees to achieve performance levels and potential through highly developed coaching skills, communication skills and by ensuring proper development training.
  • Leads the effort to achieve stretch business results by being a champion of Continuous Improvement utilizing Lean Manufacturing tools.
  • Use current and emerging technology to drive automation and production efficiency.
  • Work closely with logistics, planning and raw material divisions to identify efficiency and ensure inventory targets are met without compromising customer service levels.
  • Leads change initiatives to deliver business results while maintaining an engaged workforce and Union Leadership commitment and acceptance to the change.
  • Ensure compliance of Occupational Health & Safety Act (section 25, 26, 27, and 28) per Hiram Walker & Son's Ltd Policy- Management-Supervision-Worker Safety Responsibilities.
  • Ensure that all aspects of the ISO 18001, 9001, 2200, 14001 program are delivered on time.
  • Ensure timely corrective action on all observations and non-conformances.

  • Required Skills & Abilities:

  • Experience in a large, sophisticated, tier one manufacturing operation that is complex, multi-location, and labour-intensive.
  • Strong knowledge of distillation, maturation, supply chain, distribution, logistics, quality assurance, procurement, product development and design for manufacturing.
  • The ability to manage and improve present-day operations while, at the same time, planning the long-term strategy.
  • Very strong analytical, strategic thinking and problem-solving capabilities.
  • Strong commercial knowledge gained through working across a variety of functions.
  • Ability to interact with and influence a variety of cross-functional teams at all levels of the organization.
  • Outstanding project leadership and organizational skills.
  • Experience in analyzing complex business and financial requirements, and in helping an organization successfully implement and transition through change.
  • Proven people leadership and team-building capabilities.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Experience as a key contributor to executive business strategy.
  • Experience in a unionized manufacturing operation an asset.

  • Education

    Required: Undergraduate degree in Engineering, Food Sciences, Finance or Business.

    Preferred: Masters, Business Administration.


    Required: 10 years experience in operations management roles.

    Preferred: 5 years management experience in distillation.

    We welcome and encourage applications from individuals from all groups, including aboriginal, women, visible minorities, and persons with disabilities, regardless of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, creed, family status, national origin, age and gender.

    Hiram Walker & Sons Ltd. is committed to providing accessible employment practices that are in compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act and the Ontario Human Rights Code. Should you require accommodation during any phase of the recruitment process or wish to view our accommodation policies, please contact the Human Resources Department at

    Thank you for your interest in Pernod Ricard and its subsidiaries, CorbySpirit and Wine Limitedand Hiram Walker & Sons Ltd. All resumes submitted will be reviewed byourrecruitment team and kept on file for six months in consideration for this and future opportunities. Please note that only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. Please do not contact provincial offices directly as all recruitment is coordinated through the Corporate Office in Toronto.

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