Lead Buyer

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Job Type Other
Organization Rocky View County
Competition Number J0622-0588
Job Description

Reporting to the Supervisor, this intermediate professional is responsible for leading the strategic procurement of medium to high dollar services, information technology and other assigned portfolio items through contracting where the value, risk and complexity often require multiple bids. They will support the team in the development and implementation of improved procurement policies, procedures and best practices.

This position provides progressive and proactive procurement services to help business areas achieve their objectives, while striking the appropriate balance between serving department’s business needs and compliance with applicable policies, legislation and contract law. The Lead Buyer delivers procurement services that demonstrate fairness, integrity, openness and transparency in all aspects of their work.

Core Accountabilities

  • Lead procurement projects including RFQ, ITT & RFP processes, vendor selection and negotiations, contracting as well as ongoing vendor management and compliance.
  • Provide input and recommendations to determine best practices and procedures on new assignments.
  • Process purchase orders in accordance with established practices.
  • Support policy or process developments.
  • Manage Corporate Credit Card Program.
  • Maintain records and files in accordance with established practices.
  • Report on purchasing activities; recurring and ad hoc reports.
  • Guide and assist departments regarding purchasing function and best practices.
  • Research sources of supply.
  • Ensure purchasing activities comply with trade agreements and County policies.
  • Promote purchasing best practices.
  • Provide coverage for more junior colleagues.
  • Perform administrative duties related to procurement, purchasing and inventory control.
  • Review contracts and agreements as they relate to the purchasing function.
  • Coordinate, oversee and participate in the work of junior buyer(s).
  • Provide leadership and development through task delegation, adequate resources and work procedure training.
  • Provide on-going feedback and coaching; document performance and discipline as required and, in collaboration with the Supervisor, participate in probationary and annual performance reviews.
  • Identify staffing requirements and participate in the recruitment process.

Position Requirements

Five years of progressively responsible experience in public/not for profit procurement in an organization of similar size, complexity and diversity. Including RFx development, competitive bidding, negotiating, contract drafting and vendor management.

  • SCMP designation through Supply Chain Canada is required.
  • A self-starter with a courteous and professional demeanor.
  • An analytical and strategic thinker who brings forward innovative ideas and process improvements.
  • Well-developed business/technical writing, verbal, listening and presentation skills.
  • Experience in building strong relationships with all levels of the organization.
  • Experience with leading and the delivery of procurement outcomes for a client area.
  • Experience with Canadian contract law and contract negotiations.
  • Demonstrated leadership, team building, conflict resolution, coaching and mentoring skills.
  • Ability to respond consistently with a high degree of initiative to resolve issues or complex problems.
  • Demonstrated time management, organizational, problem solving and decision making abilities.
  • Have a complete understanding of Canadian Free Trade Agreement, Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, and the New West Trade Partnership Agreement applicable to the MASH Sector.
  • Familiarity using an integrated purchasing I financial software package.
  • Proficiency with APC website is an asset.
  • Intermediate to advanced computer skills with MS Office suite and other work-related software.
Application Return

Interested applicants are invited to apply direct to https://www.rockyview.ca/careers.
Applications are due by 10 pm MST on the closing date.

We thank all applicants for their interest; however only those selected for interviews will be contacted.