Category Management Lead

Category Management Lead


Job Classification Title           CATEGORY MANAGEMENT LEAD

Requisition #                           2303515 X

Division                                   Purchasing & Materials Management

Section                                    Office of the Director

Work Location                         CITY HALL, 100 QUEEN ST W

Job Location                           Canada-Ontario-Toronto

Job Stream                              Project Management

Job Type                                 Permanent, Full-Time

Salary/Rate                              $87,887.80 - $103,248.60 / Year

Hours of Work (bi-weekly)      70.00

Shift Information                     Monday to Friday, 35 Hours per Week

Affiliation                                Non-Union

Number of Positions Open      4

Posting Date                            10-May-2018

Expiry date                              31-May-2018

Job Description

A procurement and supply chain leader with a track record of sourcing reliable vendors, negotiating and managing contracts and achieving savings, you’ll be a valuable asset to the City of Toronto in one of these full-time, permanent positions.

Reporting to the Director, Procurement, you will manage a portfolio of contracts for one or more categories, from the development of strategic sourcing requirements, including complex sourcing initiatives, to category performance, the development and execution of RFx packages, and the periodic reporting of category performance to the Director.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Implements detailed category strategies and sourcing strategies
  • Leads, motivates and trains assigned staff, ensuring effective teamwork, high standards of work quality and organizational performance, and continuous learning and encourages innovation in others
  • Leads the day-to-day operation of all assigned staff, including the scheduling, assigning and reviewing of work
  • Provides input into, and administers, assigned budget, ensuring that expenditures are controlled and maintained within approved budget limitations
  • Develops strategic sourcing criteria and defines category requirements
  • Manages a portfolio of contracts which includes the performance of one or more categories and complex strategic sourcing initiatives and reports category performance to the Director, Procurement on a periodic basis
  • Manages various aspects of the Strategic Sourcing program and establishes sourcing savings targets
  • Assists internal clients with required information gathering, strategic sourcing activities, benchmarking and supplier performance information
  • Analyzes the organization's spend profile related to the assigned categories
  • Develops RFx packages and executes RFx under the leadership of the Director, Procurement or Project Director, Procurement Transformation
  • Analyzes complex data in conjunction with the market and competitive environment to identify sourcing opportunities
  • Reviews, analyzes, and provides recommendations on existing and potential service contracts, including financial implications, staffing and other resources
  • Anticipates and negotiates possible price changes based on knowledge of the goods and services purchased
  • Works in collaboration with Division staff to implement newly established contracts
  • Provides project management and change management support to ensure successful implementation of contracts
  • Establishes contracts with suppliers and conducts performance review meetings in accordance with the Supplier Relationship Management Policies and Procedures
  • Monitors client divisions to ensure goods and services are purchased on contracts
  • Monitors contract compliance and reports contract performance to key stakeholders
  • Leads the development of Procurement Plans for the category
  • Collaborates with key stakeholders to develop various solicitation documents
  • Leads supplier competition information and debrief sessions
  • Ensures the overall satisfaction of internal stakeholders

Key Qualifications:

  1. Post-secondary education in a related discipline, e.g. MBA, CPPO (National Institute of Government Purchasing) or CPP (Purchasing Management Association of Canada), or equivalent combination of education and/or experience. Supply Chain or Public Procurement designation (SCMA, NIGP) is an asset.
  2. Considerable experience in broad-based sourcing strategies to drive financial benefits such as through negotiations, reducing total cost of ownership, demand management and Supplier Relationship Management.
  3. Considerable experience in the purchasing operations of large public or private organizations, some of which must relate specifically to the actual duties of the position.
  4. Considerable experience collaborating with, leading, motivating and training staff within operating departments about strategic sourcing approaches in a large public or private organization.
  5. Familiarity with eprocurement type systems (i.e. SAP, Ariba, BravoSolutions, etc.).
  6. Strong project management skills with ability to organize, control and coordinate a variety of activities in a fast-paced environment.
  7. Knowledge of sourcing leading practices, including reverse auctions, supplier performance scorecard, and benefits.
  8. Knowledge of the principles, practices and methods used in public purchasing.
  9. Commitment to staying abreast of latest technology developments, in order to identify new vendors, new products or new opportunities to reduce costs.
  10. Reputation as a collaborative team player with the ability to organize and manage multiple priorities.
  11. Highly developed communication skills, both orally and in writing, to establish relationships at all organizational levels, and with suppliers and representatives, and ability to prepare reports, correspondence, presentation material and Council reports.
  12. Superior analytical, interpersonal, problem-solving and conflict resolution skills.
  13. Ability to exercise independent judgement and discretion in dealing with confidential matters, and to act in an ethical and transparent manner, in compliance with the corporate code of conduct.
  14. Familiarity with computerized work management systems and the ability to become proficient in their applications (i.e. Microsoft Office).
  15. Familiarity with Ontario Statutes, including Occupational Health and Safety Act, employment standards, labour and human rights, and other applicable government legislation.
  16. Knowledge of public sector procurement processes and procedures is an asset.

How to Apply:

For more information on these and other opportunities with the City of Toronto, visit us online at To apply online, submit your resume, quoting File #2303515 X, by May 31, 2018.

Accommodation:  The City of Toronto is committed to fostering a positive and progressive workforce reflecting the citizens we serve. We provide equitable treatment and accommodation to ensure barrier-free employment in accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code, the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act and the City of Toronto's Accommodation Policy. You can request for accommodation related to the protected grounds at any stage of the City's hiring process, i.e., application, assessment and placement.

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