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Manager, Public Health, Vaccine Distribution Centre - BC Centre for Disease Control

Manager, Public Health – Vaccine Distribution Centre (VDC)


BC Centre for Disease Control



As per the current Public Health Order, full vaccination against COVID-19 is a condition of employment with PHSA as of October 26, 2021.

You are a professional with expertise in inventory management, cold chain, and transportation logistics as these apply to the vaccines supporting the public health immunization programs province-wide. You are skilled at development of standards, policies, practices, and procedures required to support a high quality service and your organization’s goals and objectives, along with interest in working in a highly collaborative and supportive work environment. A strong people leader, you are known for your ability to lead others using coaching, mentoring, and providing support for opportunities in quality assurance, learning and teaching for each team member.


This role supports the BC Centre for Disease Control’s (BCCDC) Vaccine Distribution Centre within the Immunization Programs and Vaccine Preventable Diseases Service. The Service is responsible for the planning, implementation support, monitoring and evaluation of provincial immunization programs, promoting immunization, provincial immunization initiatives and surveillance of vaccine preventable diseases and response to outbreaks. The Service helps advocate for immunization programs and also houses the vaccine distribution centre and pharmacy which jointly maintain and distribute required pharmaceuticals for the communicable disease prevention and control and harm reduction programs.

What you’ll do


The Manager, Public Health, VDC, reports to the Director, Operations. Working in co-management with the Medical Director, the Manager is responsible for the effective and efficient management of the Vaccine Distribution Centre within the Service. The Manager is the lead for the supervision of warehouse staff, forecasting, budgeting, and cost control, procurement and management of inventory, and distribution of vaccines and other biologicals and related supplies to the Health Authorities and select other sites within BC. The Manager is responsible for providing leadership and direction for ongoing process improvements, the development and implementation of performance measurements and quality control. The Manager leads the execution of policies and guidelines as they pertain to warehousing and distribution and is accountable for the day to day operations of warehouse staff. High-level accountabilities include:

  • Develops short and long-term strategic and operational plans for the biologicals warehouse and operations program which integrate with the Agency’s plans and coordinates operational planning and implementation of culturally safe and equitable public health services in conjunction with the medical leads and medical director.
  • Responsible for efficient and reliable warehouse operations related to purchasing, inventory management (including safety stock levels, reorder points and ordering frequency) and distribution of vaccines, biologicals and related supplies such as cold chain equipment. Builds relations with stakeholders. Ensures adherence to best practices for purchasing and contract management. Minimizes product wastage by ensuring product does not expire prior to use and that cold chain is maintained.
  • Provides overall leadership and direction for team members using effective management techniques that support the achievement of required outcomes. Manages service area operations including recruitment, hiring, planning and monitoring staffing, resources, and supplies.
  • Assists in the forecasting of expenditures including the capital budget and recommends budgetary adjustments to the Operations Director. Ensures expenditures are within budget limits by monitoring expenditures and preparing fiscal reports. Prepares analytical reports on inventory purchases, movements as well as trends and projections and assists in the development of funding applications.
  • Plans and adjusts operations and/or staffing to meet program targets. Leads, in collaboration with medical & professional practice leaders, the identification of evidence-based strategies, the development of quality indicators and/or care pathways, ensures compliance with accreditation standards, and coordinates or participates in quality improvement activities.
  • Represents the BCCDC at operational meetings with external organizations as required; participates on committees as appropriate at provincial and national levels.




What you bring


A level of education, training, and experience equivalent to a master’s degree in transportation/distribution/logistics or business management or other relevant discipline combined with at least 5 years of experience in warehouse management, preferably with experience in refrigerated/perishable products, including 2 years working in a managerial/leadership capacity.



  • Knowledge of supply chain management including contracts and purchasing.
  • Advanced knowledge of warehouse operations, inventory control and management information systems.
  • Demonstrated general management experience, including staff management, knowledge of collective agreements, knowledge of warehousing and inventory best practices, budgeting, forecasting, and quality and performance indicators.
  • Demonstrated skill as a leader, facilitator and coach in a dynamic, multi-disciplinary environment with the ability to motivate staff.
  • Excellent communication skills including the ability to facilitate, negotiate, and persuade others. Ability to communicate effectively with writing and presentation skills.
  • Strong financial management, information management, interpersonal and organizational skills.
  • Customer focused with the ability to multi task and work under pressure while maintaining service levels to customers.
  • Demonstrated computer skills utilizing a wide variety of software packages including spreadsheets and databases.


What we bring


Every PHSA employee enables the best possible patient care for our patients and their families. Whether you are providing direct care, conducting research, or making it possible for others to do their work, you impact the lives of British Columbians today and in the future. That’s why we’re focused on your care too – offering health, wellness, development programs to support you – at work and at home.

  • Join one of BC’s largest employers with province-wide programs, services and operations – offering vast opportunities for growth and development.
  • Access to professional development opportunities through our in-house training programs, including +2,000 courses, such as our San’yas Indigenous Cultural Safety Training course, or Core Linx for Leadership roles.
  • Enjoy a comprehensive benefits package, including municipal pension plan, and psychological health & safety programs and holistic wellness resources.
  • Annual statutory holidays (13) with generous vacation entitlement and accruement.
  • PHSA is a remote work friendly employer, welcoming flexible work options to support our people (eligibility may vary, depending on position).
  • Perks include access to fitness classes and discounts to 350 BC-wide recreational programs, travel, technology, car and bike sharing, and more.


Job Type: Regular Full-Time
Unit 10 – 7510 Hopcott Road, Delta BC, V4G 1B6
Hours of Work: 
Monday-Friday; 0800-1600
Requisition # 


What we do


The BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) is dedicated to preventing and controlling communicable diseases and promoting environmental health for the province of BC. BCCDC is part of the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA).


PHSA plans, manages and evaluates specialized health services with the BC health authorities to provide equitable and cost-effective health care for people throughout the province. Our values reflect our commitment to excellence and include: Respect people – Be compassionate – Dare to innovate – Cultivate partnerships – Serve with purpose.


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BCCDC and PHSA are committed to employment equity, encouraging all qualified individuals to apply. We recognize that our ability to provide the best care for our diverse patient populations relies on a rich diversity of skills, knowledge, background and experience, and value a safe, inclusive and welcoming environment.