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Manager, Talent Acquisition and Workforce Planning

Category: Admin / General

Posting ID:     11481
Position Type:    Full Time Salaried 
City:    Prince George, BC, Canada 
Location:    Canfor Administration Centre


Who We Are:

Canfor is one of the world’s largest and most respected integrated forest products companies. For more than 75 years, we have been delivering top-quality lumber, pulp and paper products to our valued customers worldwide. With operations in Western Canada and the Southern United States, and sales offices around the world, you can find Canfor products in every corner of the globe. We are leaders in sustainable forest management and in converting wood residuals into green energy.

As we continue to grow our company and our markets, find out how you can grow your career with us.


The Opportunity:

As a world leader in the forest products industry and one of BC’s Top Employers, Canfor is undertaking a global transformation to position itself and the industry as a place where talent can grow an amazing career. Successful acquisition of talent to deliver on this transformation is critical to our success and we need a dynamic individual to lead a growing, forward-thinking and dynamic team.


Reporting to the Director, Human Resources, the Manager, Talent Acquisition and Workforce Planning is responsible for designing, developing, communicating and executing a global talent acquisition strategy and work plans in alignment with Canfor’s corporate strategy. This position leads and supports the Talent Acquisition function within Canada as well as supports integration of recruitment activities for Canfor US operations. The role is accountable for supporting the highest quality talent acquisition for Canfor and building a long-term high potential talent pipeline to feed future growth projections for all areas of the business. Responsible for the management of a high performing recruitment team in Prince George and Vancouver, this individual will support and contribute to the overall HR strategy, perform full-cycle recruiting when required, maintain excellent relations with hiring managers, 3rd party recruiters, current and future candidates, and the community at large for roles within the organization at all levels.


The Manager, Talent Acquisition and Workforce Planning is accountable for talent delivery, prioritization and results and manages relationships and expectations of Canfor and external stakeholders. The role oversees internal workforce data and external trend analysis to identify gaps and recommend solutions. The incumbent is a strategic human resources leader, ensuring all talent acquisition and workforce planning programs and strategies are competitive, sustainable, and have an impact on the long and short term workforce needs of the organization.


In addition, this position will be responsible for strengthening and promoting Canfor’s employment brand, developing recruiting and interviewing skills in our managers, talent mining and growing a world class social network of professionals. The incumbent will be challenged to innovate and encouraged to apply their talent and knowledge in an environment that values teamwork, integrity and results.



The Role:

Consultation, Strategy and Planning


  • Design, develop, communicate, and implement an integrated Talent Acquisition vision, strategy, and execution plan (internal and external) in alignment with Canfor’s corporate strategy.
  • Produces systematic performance indicator reporting to inform Senior HR and executive team as to progress, roadblocks, and other relevant performance details.
  • Accountable for delivery of talent in partnership with operations and partners; responsible for leading execution of domestic talent delivery
  • Manages yearly recruitment-related contracts and budgets; benchmarks best practices to suggest enhancements or changes that leverage exposure and engagement while controlling costs; Introduces new opportunities to maximize efficiency and effectiveness.
  • Partners with Corporate Communications to help drive a strong employment brand, and incorporate into recruiting processes; develops branding and outreach strategy.
  • Consultative partnership with HR and Business Leaders in identification and prioritization of current and future pivotal/core talent needs, and the deployment of global recruiting plans; close partnership with Finance to forecast headcount movement to support forecasting and budgeting process
  • Support a diverse and inclusive culture and workforce, and ensure compliance with laws, regulations and company policies
  • Supports internal career mobility through regular communications with business leaders to identify opportunities to fill talent goals; Partners with leadership team and HR Business Partners to identify appropriate steps for internal moves including programs for succession planning, development planning, etc.
  • Responsible for establishing and maintaining talent market expertise including a comprehensive view of industry trends and competitors; provide expertise in market insights, talent landscape, telling the Canfor story, and an understanding of talent needs
  • Applies subject matter expertise in internal and external workforce trends to evaluate workforce plans, identify gaps and propose solutions to HR and hiring managers
  • Analyzes external industry and labour market trends, competitive threats, and expansion opportunities to integrate into planning
  • Oversees talent acquisition/workforce data collection, providing analyses and interpretation/evaluation of workforce metrics


Management, Coaching and Support


  • Leads, coaches and manages the Talent Acquisition team, ensuring clear goals and accountabilities are established and achieved; Ensures individuals' performance and development needs are met and employees are high performing and engaged; Manage workload allocation and performance measures.
  • Manages relationships with hiring managers, determining and implementing global recruitment strategies, facilitates the recruitment process, assists team with extending and negotiating offers according to Canfor guidelines and best practices.
  • Maintains and ensures all open requisitions, records, employment processes and all pertinent applicant and interview data are in full legal compliance with all applicable collective agreements, laws and regulations.
  • Supports various HR related projects on an ad hoc basis, as required.
  • Manage senior/executive level staffing requisitions and conducts full-cycle recruitment when required.
  • Conducts client engagement meetings with operations and departments and maintains strong relationships across the business.
  • Develops and maintains a network of outside contacts including recruiters, agencies, professional organizations, competitors and educational institutes



The Candidate:

  • Post-Secondary education in Human Resources Management, Business Administration or related discipline or combination of employment experience and education
  • At least 7 years’ experience in HR with a minimum of 5 years’ experience in management, talent acquisition, strategic workforce planning or workforce analytics; strategy and planning desirable
  • A Chartered Professional in Human Resources Professional (CHRP) or a Registered Professional Recruiter (RPR) designation would be considered an asset.
  • Strong people leadership and capability in building and leading high-performing teams
  • Solid understanding and knowledge of Talent Acquisition best practices and strategic workforce planning
  • Sound knowledge of performance management and continuous improvement processes
  • Solid understanding and knowledge of process optimization
  • Strong customer focus to serve the needs of the business, the Hiring Managers and the candidates
  • An effective communicator, with strong verbal, written and presentation skills
  • Strong business knowledge and understanding of the forestry, wood/pulp products industry is an asset
  • Excellent interpersonal, analytical, problem solving and team building skills
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Experience with human capital reporting and metrics
  • Exceptional project management skills including the ability to develop strategic plans and successfully implement

The Incentive:

Canfor is a results-oriented company, with an unquenchable thirst for success. All team members work hard, love what they do, focus on customers, and have fun in the process. Winning attitudes prosper and we recruit, hire, train, retain, and reward the best talent in the industry.

We offer the opportunity to work with one of the world’s largest integrated forest products companies with a true global presence in a fast-paced, energetic atmosphere where your personal and professional growth is accelerated by your desire and sense of commitment. Canfor offers a comprehensive, flexible benefits package that allows you to customize your benefits to meet your individual needs, and includes health and dental coverage as well as life, accident and disability insurance.  In addition to this, we offer pension and other benefits.

 The Start Date:

The anticipated start date for this position is immediate, so please refresh your resume, and apply online today to Canfor Careers to tell us about yourself. Hiring for this position is ongoing and will be filled as required.

In order to be eligible for this position, you must be legally entitled to work in Canada for our Company.

 There has never been a better time to join the Canfor team and become part of the modern forest industry. We have a wide range of rewarding careers in some of the best communities in North America, with plenty of room for advancement. Our mills are modern, high-tech and safe; and our marketing and sales activities are world-class. We offer competitive compensation and benefits packages, and are committed to the professional development of our employees.

Prince George, BC 
Known as BC’s Northern Capital, Prince George is city that offers big city comfort and convenience, but small town serenity and sensibilities. As the largest city in northern BC, Prince George is a hub of industry, offering numerous employment opportunities and is home to the University of Northern British Columbia. This region’s temperate climate creates a lush environment of emerald-green forests and ample opportunities for outdoor activity. For more information, visit http://canfor.com/our-company/our-communities/prince-george

Job Segment: Recruiting, HR, Manager, Marketing Manager, Sustainability, Human Resources, Management, Marketing, Energy

Company Name: Canfor
Employment: Full-time
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