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BC Liquor Distribution Branch

BAND 3 - Senior Manager, Wholesale IT

Burnaby, BC
Full Time
2 days ago
77,700 to 110,000 per year
Senior Manager, Wholesale IT

On November 1, 2021 the BC Public Service announced the COVID-19 Vaccination Policy that defines the conditions and expectations for BC Public Service employees regarding vaccination against COVID-19. Among other possible measures, proof of vaccination will be required. It is a term of acceptance of employment that you agree to comply with all vaccination requirements that apply to the public service. More information can be found here .

At the Liquor Distribution Branch (LDB) our vision of 'Service. Relationships. Results.' is all about providing a valued service, building strong relationships with our stakeholders, and achieving greater results for the province.

The LDB is one of two branches of government responsible for the cannabis and liquor industry of B.C. We operate the wholesale distribution of beverage alcohol and non-medical cannabis within the province, as well as the household retail brands of BC Liquor Stores and BC Cannabis Stores.

We employ nearly 5,000 people in over 200 communities and have hundreds of career opportunities spanning our entire wholesale, retail and corporate operations - from supply chain logistics, to high-tech solutions, and everything in between. The LDB has been named one of BC's Top Employers 14 times over for offering exceptional places to work, flexible work hours and earned days off, extended health and dental benefits, maternity and parental leave top-up payments, a pension program, in-house professional and leadership development, and subsidies for professional accreditation.

The information technology (IT) team is highly customer focused and directly supports four distinct lines of business: retail liquor, wholesale liquor, cannabis, and corporate. These line of business IT teams are supported overall by both a Chief Information Security Officer and a Chief Technical Officer and their respective departments to ensure the organization prioritizes security and innovation.

At present the technology team consists of more than 200 full-time employees and has also adopted a multi-sourcing strategy and leverages external expertise, Cloud SaaS based services and government shared services as appropriate.

The teams integrate, maintain and enhance more than 80 business systems on a hybrid on-premises and cloud infrastructure. These include:
  • Merchandising and retail store systems that process 40 million plus customer transactions per year.
  • Wholesale, distribution and warehouse systems that enable the movement of 17 million plus cases per year.
  • Corporate finance systems to service an annual budget of approximately $3 billion and HR and payroll systems to service more than 5000 employees.

The Senior Manager supports the Line of Business IT Director and acts as their deputy. The role is focussed on changing the business through projects and continuous improvements and is responsible within this context for all aspects of technology, people, budget and process to ensure objectives are met in their line of business (Wholesale, Retail, Cannabis, Corporate). As such the position leads product management, business analysis, project management and quality assurance.

A criminal record check is required.

Available to respond to telephone calls outside of normal business hours.

For complete details about this opportunity, including accountabilities, please refer to the attached job description, also located in the Additional Information section at the bottom of the posting.

An eligibility list for permanent or temporary future opportunities may be established.

Consider an IM/IT Career with the BC Public Service:

Position Requirements:

Education and Experience:

Degree or diploma in information technology, business administration, or related field, with a minimum of 5 years recent, related experience*.


A combination of education, training and experience may be considered i.e., 7 years of recent, related experience* with formal course work and/or certifications in information technology, business administration, or related field .

*Recent, related experience must have occurred in the last 10 years and must include the following:
  • Experience in identifying and evaluating risks from a business and technological standpoint as a senior manager i.e., risk identification, risk analysis, risk evaluation, risk treatment, and/or risk monitoring.
  • Experience in developing technical and business capability roadmap(s).
  • Experience managing organizational change including planning, implementing, and communicating change.
  • Experience leading, mentoring, and supervising senior level technical staff including performance management.

Preference may be given to candidates with any of the following experience:
  • Experience with the creation and monitoring of the departmental budgets.
  • Experience with business analysis and testing including working with subject matter experts (SME's) and quality assurance teams.
  • Experience with each phase of the project management lifecycle.
  • Experience with product management, i.e., creating and managing IT product roadmaps, tracking progress, prioritization etc.
  • Experience working in a unionized work environment.
  • Experience working in a similar organization i.e., 5000 employees
  • Project Management designation i.e., PMP, MPM etc.
  • Experience leading senior level IT professionals to support delivery of strategic results.
  • Experience working with business systems and processes such as purchasing, distribution, retail, finance, audit and/or human resources.
  • Experience leading change management for initiatives, projects, and/or programs.
  • Experience working in Agile settings and leading Agile teams.
  • Experience with DevOps, Cloud transformation and SaaS.
  • Experience in Quality best practices, such as Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) and automated testing.
  • Experience with IT Service Management and Operations, preferably ITIL practices.
  • Experience with financial management including budgeting, forecasting, and/or cost control.
  • Experience with Organizational Change Management models such as Prosci.

How to Apply & Application Requirements:

In order to be considered for this position, your application must clearly demonstrate how you meet the education and experience as outlined in the Position Requirements section above. Applicants selected to move forward in the hiring process may be assessed on the knowledge, skills, abilities and competencies as outlined in the attached Job Description.

A cover letter is required as part of your application. The content and/or format of your cover letter may be evaluated as part of the assessment process.

Ensure your resume includes your educational accomplishments, employment history including start and end dates (month and year) of your employment, and any relevant information that relates to the job to which you are applying.

For specific position-related enquiries, please contact Wai Liu, IT Director, Wholesale Liquor at 604 420-8277.

Only applications submitted using the BC Public Service Recruitment System on this website will be accepted. For more information about how to create or update your profile, please refer to the attached Application Instructions or refer to the Job Application page on the MyHR website. If you are experiencing technical difficulty applying for a competition, please send an e-mail to before the stated closing time, and they will respond as soon as possible to assist you.

Note: Applications will be accepted until 11:00pm Pacific Time on the closing date of the competition.

Job Category

Leadership and Management

Additional Information

Senior Manager Job Description
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