Director, Corporate and Specialty Categories

Director, Corporate and Specialty Categories


Manitoba Finance, Winnipeg, Manitoba

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Salary Range: $95,171.00 - $113,800.00 per year

Closing Date: May 21, 2019


The Manitoba government recognizes the importance of building an exemplary civil service that is inclusive and reflective of the population it serves. We encourage applicants to voluntarily self-declare in the cover letter, resumé or application if they are from any of the following employment equity groups: women, Indigenous people, visible minorities, and persons with disabilities. Consideration will be given to women, Indigenous people, and persons with disabilities.


Employment Equity is a factor in selection for this competition. Consideration will be given to women, Indigenous people, visible minorities and persons with disabilities.


An eligibility list may be created for this position and remain in effect for 12 months.



The Government of Manitoba is looking for a progressive and collaborative leader for the position of Director, Corporate and Specialty Categories, Manitoba Finance.


It is an exciting time to be a public servant in Manitoba. We are in a period of profound technological, environmental, and socioeconomic change that compels us to evaluate the nature of our work and the essence of our culture.


Transforming Manitoba Public Service: A Strategy for Action was designed to help the public service move forward in a unified way. Created as a long-term strategy to modernize the public service, it guides the transformation of both the work and the culture of the Manitoba public service.


In order to provide greater value to taxpayers and to achieve better results and cost savings, in June 2018, the Manitoba government launched a three-year initiative to modernize procurement.


The project includes:

centralizing procurement services to ensure government contracting is more coordinated, strategic and sustainable
adopting a category management approach to procurement to help the province become a smart shopper
improving planning and using Manitoba’s purchasing power to achieve economies of scale


Manitobans are smart shoppers who expect government to do the same. The government currently sources goods and services in a decentralized, transactional approach, which can be costly and inefficient.


Modernizing procurement will enable the government to become a ‘smart shopper’ by bundling contracts to reduce costs. It is expected that Manitoba will see real cost savings while maintaining the quality of services Manitobans expect and deserve.


Conditions of Employment:

Must be legally entitled to work in Canada
A satisfactory Criminal Record Check



Bachelor's Degree in Supply Chain Management, Business, or a combination of equivalent education, training, and experience.
Senior management experience in a procurement organization with a focus on category management, materials management, strategic sourcing and contracting, vendor management, and strategic planning.
Experience providing financial and advisory leadership.
Knowledge of category management end-to-end inclusive of analytics, strategic sourcing, contract management, performance management, and enabling processes such as P2P.
Knowledge of commercial aspects of product / service categories and related markets.
Knowledge of principles and practices of planning, performance management, and reporting.
Interpersonal skills and the ability to build and maintain relationships and collaborate strategically with a wide variety of stakeholders to balance needs and achieve integrated government objectives.
Verbal communication skills.
Written communication skills.
Negotiating skills.



As a leader in implementing procurement modernization, you will ensure the effective delivery of category-managed procurement for the corporate and specialty categories, in support of meeting the needs of pan-governmental stakeholder department requirements while delivering the best value to Manitoba in compliance with all relevant legislation, policy, processes, and directives.


You will directly contribute to the Transformation Strategy by playing a key leadership role in the design and implementation of transformational change to provincial procurement, both within the Manitoba government and across the broader public sector.


Reporting to the Assistant Deputy Minister, Procurement and Supply Chain, you will develop annual and long-term organizational plans, measures, and approaches for procurement across Manitoba.


You will provide strategic leadership and direction in planning, designing, and delivering category management and strategic procurement services. You will develop category strategies to deliver on annual cost savings and cost avoidance in alignment with objectives set out for responsible categories.








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