Specialist, Procurement

By living our common K+S values across all our locations in the world: We are optimistic about our future, we are collaborative in building it and with our entrepreneurial spirit, we aim to dig deeper and reach higher. We remain agile in an ever-changing world. We are innovative, turning obstacles into opportunities – and we do it all in ways that are safe and sustainable, protecting future generations. You can look forward to:

Good People and Great Culture
Have the opportunity to be part of a team committed to building a new and diverse culture. At KSPC we are growing our operations, delivering exciting new opportunities, and investing heavily in the communities where we live and work.

Challenge and Growth
We support your growth potential (support of professional development) and recognition of performance.

Valuable Compensation
Our total target compensation is competitive and benchmarked to the market. We have a Pay for Performance philosophy that includes two components, fixed (base) pay and short term incentive (bonus) that rewards employees for their contributions towards corporate, team and individual successes.

Supporting Benefits
A comprehensive, employer paid, benefits program which includes Life, Disability, Health and Dental as well as competitive Retirement benefits, Employee and Family Assistance Program PLUS great extras such as, paid work time to help out in your Community (volunteer with a sports team or a charity of your choice) and company money to allocate to your favourite charity! A Health Spending Account for extras, like more expensive glasses, and the Wellness Account covers recreational items, like your park camping fees, hunting or fishing license, and can help pay for your gym membership.

The successful candidate will:

Purchase Materials and Services on behalf of KSPC – 100% of focus

  • Process orders in SAP (MM) which may include ad hoc requisitions, outline agreements, purchases from material number info records, and source lists
  • Prioritizes work based on criticality and time-based requirements
  • Bundle purchasing needs to support standardized buying activities that can lead to economies of scale, based on the direction of the Senior Procurement Specialist
  • Purchasing and scheduling of materials, raw materials, spares and operating supplies as well as services
  • Document supplier performance including corrective action for suppliers as required and follow up on improvement needs
  • Manage risks and opportunities related to the portfolio and work through escalated issues with suppliers as necessary
  • Manage assigned purchase requirements using a risk based approach
  • Work proactively to meet strategic targets for cost savings
  • Analyze vendor capabilities versus requirements and research new suppliers
  • Evaluate existing suppliers based on price, quality, selection, service, support, availability, reliability and supplier's track record
  • Work with procurement colleagues to ensure a consistent standard for vendor evaluation and negotiations
  • Negotiate, or renegotiate with suppliers or vendors
  • Consult with departments across KSPC to understand technical specifications and product requirements
  • Review product specifications, maintaining a working technical knowledge of the goods or services to be purchased, as determined by the Senior Procurement Specialist
  • Oversee day to day supplier management and adhering to spend budgets
  • Develop and recommend improvement ideas to the Senior Procurement Specialist regarding procurement policies and procedures
  • Train end users on procurement processes, as necessary


Qualifying requirements for this role:

-Minimum 3 years’ experience

-College Diploma or University degree in Business, Accounting, Purchasing or related field

-Certification preferred, including one of Supply Chain Certification., SCM Diploma, SCMP Designation, or equivalent

SAP MM and Ariba experience is a benefit

-Demonstrated knowledge of purchasing principles including the ability to research, analyze, negotiate, and close various types of purchase efforts within the guidelines of good business and ethical practices

-Excellent computer skills, including ERPs, Microsoft Office and Outlook

-Ability to work with internal and external suppliers in a professional manner

-Demonstrate the ability to work both independently and within teams

-Must be self-motivated and results oriented

-Must have strong written and verbal skills

-Strong organizational skills/detail oriented