Purchasing Officer

Purchasing Officer

Six (6) permanent positions available – two (2) bilingual – in Ottawa, ON

Canada Post is committed to providing innovative physical and electronic delivery solutions that create value for our customers, employees and all Canadians, and every member of our team plays a key role in making this happen.

This is an exciting opportunity for experienced buyers to assume responsibility for leading, planning, conducting and controlling all aspects of procurement initiatives and activities under a specified signing authority. As an Officer, Purchasing, you will also be expected to ensure that all activities are carried out in compliance with legal requirements.

There are four (4) permanent English Essential opportunities; one (1) permanent Bilingual (CCCC) opportunity; and one (1) permanent Anticipatory Bilingual (CCCC) opportunity.


As a Purchasing Officer, you will:

  • Initiate and conduct planning with client groups, lead cross-functional teams in the supplier sourcing/contracting process, and prepare and issue NAFTA and RFP/RFQ documents.
  • Chair supplier clarification meetings, co-ordinate clarification responses, and ensure evaluation criteria are complete and valid.
  • Lead and conduct proposal evaluation, evaluate and analyze complex corporate requirements to ensure lowest life cycle costs are met.
  • Plan and prepare purchasing strategy for negotiations by analyzing the general economic and financial information available, and summarize complex discussions into appropriate mathematical model.
  • Conduct negotiations for the acquisition of goods and/or services, negotiating cost-effective solutions, mitigating risks, preparing, evaluating and negotiating contract terms, conditions and pricing within strict timeframes, and developing contracts and related support documentation ensuring fully defined conditions.
  • Seek input/support from client group and budget holder to ensure mutual understanding of and agreement with negotiation approach and corporate targets.
  • Chair bidder conferences; implement corporate policies, procedures and quality control standards; prepare business briefings to respond to management, supplier debriefings and potential legal challenges from suppliers; award contract to successful supplier/contractor and notify unsuccessful bidders; and develop contract documents.
  • Ensure supplier performance and all elements of the goods and/or services are delivered in accordance with the statement of requirements and/or specifications.
  • Monitor contract deliverables, ensure that all elements of the goods or services are delivered in accordance with the scope of work, identify and resolve issues between the supplier and the clients, and terminate contracts for non-compliance of contractual obligations.
  • Educate clients on procurement policies and procedures, interpreting these, as well as identify and recommend changes, negotiate procurement timelines with clients and suppliers, and analyze and identify opportunities to increase efficiencies, improve service and reduce costs.


You bring a successful track record to the role of Officer, Purchasing:

  • A university degree in a relevant discipline such as Commerce, Finance, Purchasing or Engineering with a satisfactory business component, OR a college degree of 4 or more years in Purchasing or Supply Chain Management.
  • At least five (5) years of recent experience in a Procurement department, encompassing the following:
    • Issuance and evaluation of RFPs, RFQs, ITTs and RFIs
    • Extensive procurement planning, business case development, and supplier development.
    • Extensive knowledge of applicable trade agreements and industry standards.
    • Proficiency in English; bilingualism (English and French) is required for the bilingual position.
    • PMAC CSCMP certification (or working toward certification), an asset.


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