Director of Security and Emergency Management

Halifax, NS

With 175 retail locations, NSLC manages the safe and responsible sale of beverage alcohol and cannabis in Nova Scotia. NSLC contributes to the good of our province with responsible sales, the impact they have on the communities they serve and by the financial contribution they make that helps create a stronger Nova Scotia. NSLC is committed to improving the well-being of our customers, employees and communities across the province. 

Reporting to the Senior Vice President of Finance & Risk, the Director of Security & Emergency Management leads the physical security, fire safety, and emergency management services to support corporate goals through the mitigation, preparation, and response to criminal and environmental risks. The Director of Security & Emergency Management collaborates with department directors and the executive team to develop and implement plans to anticipate, mitigate, respond and resolve the impacts of various business interruptions. This position will liaise with internal and external stakeholders as the representative of the organization to provide leadership and direction regarding physical security standards & practices, as well as fire safety and emergency management planning. 

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Identifies potential business interruptions, develop safeguards against these interruptions, and implement recovery procedures in the event of a business interruption. 
  • Provides process documentation and training on emergency management planning concepts and procedures. 
  • Develops and implement a contingency plan framework and work with 

leaders and teams to develop contingency plans across the organization. 

  • Ensures all business units understand and have applied the principles of emergency management in their business continuity plan. 
  • Builds collaborative and connected relationships with all NSLC stakeholder groups, especially Store Network and Regional Police
  • Develops safeguards and procedures governing Head Office, Distribution Centre, and Retail Stores. 
  • Ensures that corporate asset protection procedures cover critical business resources 
  • Works with health, safety, and security staff and local agencies to align the organization’s emergency management plan with established best practices 
  • Identifies and categorizes outage exposures that could cause a business interruption and obtain Insurance and Vendor agreements to safeguard against a disaster event.
  • Ensures that business and regulatory requirements are adhered to and that implemented recovery procedures and contracts are cost justifiable. 
  • Supports the business units to review, revise, and expand existing plans and protocols to ensure continuity with operational standards 
  • Conducts risk assessments for various departments and functions, analyzing potential business impact of unpredictable business interruptions such as natural disasters, physical security issues, legal claims, and market disruptions.
  • Identifies and implements recovery operations and methods to allow the organization to function at limited or partial capacity in the event that part or all of the infrastructure is damaged or destroyed.
  • Creates and facilitates practice drills for plan execution. 
  • Develops and provides staff training on asset protection 

As the ideal candidate you have a bachelor’s degree or post-secondary diploma in an applicable discipline, combined with a minimum of five years of leadership experience in business continuity, emergency management, corporate security or an equivalent field. Experience in a multi-unit retail, wholesale, or service environment or equivalent would be preferred. Relevant certificate(s) and/or designation(s) including but not limited to Business Continuity Management Certification (CBCP), Project Management Certificate or Project Management Professional (PMP) designation, Physical Security Professional (PSP), Certified Emergency Manager (CEM)

The successful candidate will have a thorough understanding of business continuity, emergency management, loss prevention, asset protection and corporate security. Proven experience collaborating with multiple department directors and executive teams to develop and implement plans to anticipate, address, and mitigate the effects of various business interruptions is a must. Strong strategic thinking, problem solving and analytical skills are required to think through hypothetical situations and concepts and to identify risks and weaknesses in various business processes and systems.

The Director will have demonstrated effective leadership and change management skills across an organization including the executive level, with the ability to lead and bring others together to collaborate in the development of an emergency plan. With the proven ability to build trust and confidence throughout the organization, the Director will ensure a customer-first approach across the organization while still adhering to the principles and best practices of effective asset protection and corporate security.

This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced leader who thrives on building relationships, developing strategy and leading people. Interested candidates can submit their cover letter and resume to Ian Sullivan & Shardeigh McGillivray via shardeigh@venor.ca

A diverse team equals success. When team members bring their true selves to work, we celebrate. We know that diversity of thought, identity, culture, and background makes for an innovative and successful team. If you require accommodations for an interview or need support in applying, please contact Nada Halaweh at nada@venor.ca

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