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Chief Operating Officer - Country Ribbon Inc.

Optimizing operational excellence, productivity, and teamwork
Country Ribbon Inc. is proud to provide customers with nutritious and delicious fresh and frozen chicken products produced in Newfoundland and Labrador from its farm, feed mill, and processing facilities. The company is owned by Atlantic Poultry Incorporated (API), a private company that is 100% owned and operated by Atlantic Canadian farmers.
Country Ribbon is an industry leader in the production of high-quality products, employing over 300 people and marketing its products under Country Ribbon, Pinehill and other brand names. It is the province’s only fully integrated chicken producer and processor, involved in every stage of the process, from farm to plate. A proud contributor to the poultry industry in Newfoundland and Labrador and beyond, Country Ribbon Inc. is an anchor in the local agriculture economy and is integrated with the region’s retail, restaurant, and poultry supply chain.
This is an exciting time for Country Ribbon Inc. The owners have demonstrated a long-term commitment to the business, with significant capital investments incurred in recent years. Going forward, the focus is on continuous improvement, financial returns and productivity gains that benefit the organization, customers. employees and the local poultry industry. Fostering high performance, cohesion, and great culture among the three facilities are keys to success.
The Chief Operating Officer (COO) is accountable for the overall operational and financial performance of the company and reinforces a continuous improvement and safety culture They embrace their role as production leader and are as comfortable in the barn, feed mill, and plant as they are in the boardroom. The COO is solutions oriented and is accountable for product quality, culture, as well as employee and animal care, health, and safety. The COO is an ambassador for the company, ensuring solid relationships and creating value for stakeholders, including retailers, suppliers and partners. In this high-profile role, the COO joins a dynamic organization, providing overall strategic management and implementing a continuous improvement mindset across operations.
The ideal candidate has at least 10 years of progressive leadership experience as General Manager or senior executive leader/officer, with a company of comparable size and scope. They have a comprehensive understanding of food processing, and/or the agricultural industry value chain, from farm to table. Poultry industry experience is an asset. They have a commercial focus and financial acumen with experience in managing a company’s P&L, they demonstrate exceptional leadership skills, with the ability to inspire, motivate, and develop a diverse team (salary and hourly) to achieve significant and sustainable commercial success. They have a solutions orientation and excellent communication and interpersonal skills, capable of building strong relationships with stakeholders at all levels.
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Royer Thompson is committed to presenting a diverse and inclusive roster of candidates to our clients. We welcome and encourage applications from the following underrepresented groups: Indigenous persons, racially visible persons, persons with a disability, women, and persons of a minority sexual orientation and/or gender identity. If you are a member of one of these underrepresented groups, we invite you to self-identify on your cover letter or resume.
Please submit your cover letter and resume as one PDF by clicking “Apply”. For further information about this opportunity, please contact us in confidence: Greg Dickie,, Kim West or Erica Pirnie
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