Our Annapolis Valley-based client, Nova Agri Inc., is a leader in the Canadian agri-food industry. Founded in 1971 and operating under the Country Magic and DykeView Farms brands, the company remains a family-owned and managed business with close to 400 employees at peak season.
The founding CEO, along with senior management and Board of Directors, has begun the process of planning for the years ahead. As part of this process, they have created the position of Chief Operating Officer who will play a key role in developing and executing their strategic plan.
What qualities are needed in this role?
Like most businesses, the company faces continual challenges: global markets, labour shortages, competitive pricing, climate change, increased customer demands, new product development, to name a few.
As COO, you must be able to meet all these challenges directly. This means you must be a long-term visionary thinker with the ability to read what is happening in the industry and quickly adapt to those changes. At the same time, you must possess the hands-on, tactical skills to run the day-to-day operations of the company.
You must be able to work effortlessly with everyone – actively seeking and listening to others’ ideas. You will set reasonable goals for employees, encourage them to do their best, and hold them accountable for results.
Personally, you are decisive, open to change, and willing to take calculated risks.
Your range of skills includes financial management, human resources, logistics, sales and marketing, product development, government relations, communications, and customer service.
Personally, you must be resilient and able to handle setbacks that may come your way.
Lastly, you must appreciate the dynamics and complexities of working within a family business.
The company has a strong commitment to social responsibility and genuinely cares about their employees and the community in which they live and work. This is an integral part of their corporate culture and must be carried on by the new COO.
A background in the food or agri-food industry would be beneficial but it is not necessary. Most of all, you need good business acumen and a common sense approach to doing business.
If this describes you and you are up for the challenge of helping this well-established company grow and prosper over the next decade, please forward your resume and a letter explaining how your accomplishments and experience will meet their needs.
Applications can be emailed to Gerald Walsh Associates Inc. at firstname.lastname@example.org, quoting project number 1760 in the subject line. We encourage applications from all qualified individuals.
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