Thrive Cannabis is a privately held, vertically integrated cannabis packaged goods company specializing in premium quality, small-batch, craft cannabis concentrates and flower products. Thrive currently markets its products under two brands: Being Cannabis features better-for-you products including an innovative THC and CBD sublingual Oral Strip, and Greybeard Cannabis Co. focuses on high-end Live Resin concentrates and vape cartridges as well as Top Cola flower and All-Flower pre-rolls that highlight Thrive’s unique cultivars and best-in-class cultivation, processing and formulation capabilities. Based in Simcoe, Ontario, Thrive holds production, sales, extract, and outdoor cultivation licenses from Health Canada, and has been permitted to export for medical purposes. To learn more about Thrive and its consumer brands, visit us at www.thrivecannabis.ca
SCOPE AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Reporting to the Quality Assurance Person (QAP), the Quality Assurance Manager (QAM) will be accountable for the ongoing monitoring of the quality assurance and control systems in strict compliance with the Cannabis Act and Cannabis Regulations (CACR). QAM is accountable for leading the sites Quality Assurance operations.
Quality Assurance regulatory compliance, Quality Control, internal and Health Canada regulatory compliance and audits, and GAP identification;
Upholding performance standards, procedures, and audit controls to meet Health Canada’s requirements under the CACR and standard operating procedure and work instructions development and approval;
Analytical testing and validation of methods and the drafting and formulation of certificates of analysis, and the interpretation of scientific results and reporting from internal and external assay results using recognized pharmacopeia and other chemical and microbial analysis;
Understanding microbial and chemical contaminants and their meaning when outside of the generally acceptable tolerance limits;
Understanding the appropriate use of pest control products (PCPs) and dosage forms;
Maintaining GPP (Good Production Practices) and HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points) as they pertain to materials, products, premises, equipment and sanitation;
Managing and implementing quality assurance policies and supporting new product development processes;
Oversight of an effective sanitation program to ensure production, packaging, labeling and storage activities involving cannabis are conducted under sanitary conditions;
Identify and implement process improvements to increase the efficiency, effectiveness, and quality, oversee new equipment implementation or modification and validation;
Work with production team performing in product manufacturing processes validation for regulatory submissions, and supporting regulatory inspections and commercial production;
Adherence to the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for the Good Production Practices (GPP) of the Licensed operations, and the drafting of all SOPs and their work instructions, and training staff in these for correct implementation in operations and regulatory compliance;
Staff training to ensure regulatory compliance with all aspects of the CACR to meet Health Canada standards and high standards of quality control.
KEY SELECTION CRITERIA
Given the role this individual will play in the company’s future growth and success, it is essential that the successful candidate possess the following education, experience, and personal characteristics:
Bachelor’s Degree recognized in Canada in a science-based discipline – preferably Biotechnology, Engineering, Life Sciences, or equivalent
QA and regulatory certification courses considered an asset
Minimum 1 year of direct quality management experience at cannabis producer licensed under the CACR.
Minimum of 5 years of experience in QA/QC, supporting manufacturing, CPG or other regulated industry.
Strong working GPP knowledge with a focus in operational excellence in GPPs, recalls, electronic and hard copy records in an operational environment;
Experience in identifying GPP gaps with experience in writing SOPS, work instructions, identifying GAPs, and with regulatory compliance and internal and external audits experience;
Chemical and microbial analytical skills, and the interpretation of results from assays and testing internally or with contracted labs;
Understanding of the solid, liquid dose manufacturing, processing and packaging non-sterile products;
Exposure to and working knowledge of manual and computer generated batch records and record keeping complying with the Canadian Food Safety and Environmental Program, FDA, pharmacopoeia and other related regulations;
Experience in an ISO: 9001, ISO: 13485 or ISO: 17025 environments is an asset
PERSONAL / PROFESSIONAL ATTRIBUTES:
Strong relationship and interpersonal skills especially with diverse groups of people;
Collaborative and inclusive leader who can inspire and empower others;
Entrepreneurial attitude with an interest in learning, understanding, growing, and improving the business;
A champion of change with courage of convictions;
Detail-oriented, well-organized, focused, and driven;
Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal; and,
Strong integrity and the ability to influence others.