Operational Excellence Specialist
Aurora Cannabis
Nisku, AB
Aurora Cannabis Inc. is a world-renowned integrated cannabis company with an industry-leading reputation for continuously elevating and setting the global cannabis industry standard.

Through our wholly owned subsidiaries, strategic investments, and global partnerships, Aurora provides a wide range of premium quality cannabis and hemp products and services, develops innovative technologies, promotes cannabis consumer health and wellness, and delivers an exceptional customer experience across all its brands.

Aurora’s operations span multiple continents and focuses on both the medical and recreational cannabis production and sales, patient education and clinic counselling services, home hydroponic cultivation, extraction technologies and delivery systems, and hemp-based food health products.

We operate around the globe pursuing new and emerging cannabis markets where possible through our owned network of import, export and wholesale distributors, our e-commerce and mobile applications, brick and mortar retail stores, as well as grocery store retailers, and pharmacies.


Reporting to the Operational Excellence Manager, the Operational Excellence Specialist’s focus will be on business performance and manufacturing. This role will appeal to a process driven professional who is passionate about change. This position will support a sustainable growth strategy for Aurora’s Operational Excellence team and be a driving source to the continuous improvement culture based on Operational Excellence Systems.

Roles & Responsibilities (subject to modifications as Compelling Business Needs demand):

Conduct detailed data analysis utilizing best practise methods for analysis and standard evaluations (with an initial focus on time & motion studies and labor cost set-up in ERP system)
Lead Process mapping / Value stream mapping to identify opportunities for improvements. Must be able to propose and implement actions to improve the performance across the complete value chain
Implement Lean, Kaizen and SMED initiatives based on Video time study.
Conduct VA analysis PFMEA/DFMEA
Improve operational knowledge level of people through simple lean concept coaching.
Develop work instructions and manage work instructions for operations
Resource for execution of process improvement initiatives
Utilize best practices methodologies and recommend modifications necessary to improve and streamline processes within production, manufacturing, distribution and logistics functions.
Strategic thinking with a good vision for Operational excellence function is desired to align
Drive process cost reduction programs and be focused on profitability driven improvement projects.
Duties subject to modifications as compelling business needs demand

Ability to thrive in a fast-paced and fluid environment
Proven ability to deliver on project management accountabilities in a cross functional environment
Ability to think strategically, problem solve and make quick decisions
Excellent communication skills (oral, written and presentation)
Strong interpersonal and organizational skills
Accountable for results, strives to meet and exceed expectations
Proven ability to work collaboratively in a team environment and collaborate on projects

3+ Years of Operations related work experience in a manufacturing environment
Project-Based experience is critical to success
Experience in business development and implementing continuous process improvement initiatives
Prior Business/Engineering/Mathematics/Computer Science undergraduate studies required.
Green belt six sigma certification required.
Familiarity with the following software programs would be considered a definite asset;
Advanced Excel skills (VBA, Macrs, Powerpivot, Dashboards etc)
Wrking knowledge of Simul8 / ARENASolidworks/ Other simulation programs
We would like to thank all applicants for their interest but only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Aurora Cannabis Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.