THE ORGANIZATION: BRITISH COLUMBIA LIQUOR DISTRIBUTION BRANCHThe BC Liquor Distribution Branch (LDB) is one of two branches of government responsible for the cannabis and liquor industry of B.C. The LDB operates 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. As the sole buyer and re-seller of liquor in the Province of BC’s mixed public-private model under the Liquor Distribution Act, the LDB contributes more than $1 billion annually in revenue to the Province, providing financial support for a variety of vital public services such as health care, education, and social services.
The LDB employs nearly 5,000 people in over 200 communities and has hundreds of career opportunities spanning the 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 12 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 (wholesale & retail), and corporate services. These line of business technology 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, with common standards and technologies across all lines of business.
At present the technology team consists of more than 200 full-time employees, and has also adopted a sourcing strategy to leverage external expertise where greater capacity is required for the Change Portfolio.
The teams integrate, maintain and enhance more than 80 business systems on a hybrid on-premises and cloud infrastructure. To learn more