Category Management Lead (531) Materials and Procurement

Category Management Lead (531)

Materials and Procurement



Requisition ID: 531

Number of Vacancies: 3

Department: Materials And Procurement (20000009) - Purchasing & Sales (30000278)

Salary Information:  $94,003.00  -  $117,572.00 (Under Review)

Pay Scale Group:  10SA

Employment Type:  1 Regular: 2 Temporary

Weekly Hours:  35, Off Days:  Saturday/Sunday   Shift:  Day

Posted On:  March 13, 2019

Last Day to Apply:  June 30, 2019

Reports to: Director, Category Procurement

The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) is North America's third largest transit system and has been recognized as one of the top places to work in the GTA. Guided by a forward-thinking strategic plan, the TTC's vision is to be a transit system that makes Toronto proud. The TTC's recruitment efforts are directly aligned to its mission of providing "a reliable, efficient, and integrated bus, streetcar and subway system that draws its high standards of customer care from our rich traditions of safety, service and courtesy."

General Accountability

Plans, coordinates and oversees the daily activities associated with the procurement of goods and services in accordance with TTC policy and operating procedures.  Provides direct supervision to staff and may be involved in representing the section on special assignments or task forces; assists the Director with management and administration related tasks, such as workforce planning, budgeting and performance analysis and other related tasks.  Responsible for managing a portfolio of contracts for one or more categories, from the development of Strategic Sourcing requirements to Category Performance, and periodic reporting of category performance to the Director.

Key Job Functions

  • Plan, supervise and lead the day-to-day operation of all assigned staff including the scheduling, assigning and reviewing of work
  • Liaise with user departments to review requirements, ensure compliance to procurement policy and ensure goods and services are made available when required
  • Visiting vendor/user locations to observe and assess manufacturing practices (as required)
  • Provide advice, guidance and direction to staff on all section procurement activities
  • Review and implement detailed category and sourcing strategies
  • Develop strategic sourcing criteria and define category requirements
  • Assist internal clients with required information gathering, strategic sourcing activities, benchmarking and supplier performance information
  • Analyze complex data in conjunction with the market and competitive environment to identify sourcing opportunities
  • Lead the development of Procurement Plans for the category
  • Assist the Director in developing short and long term plans for the section and other duties as assigned
  • Promotes a respectful work and service environment that supports diversity, inclusion, and is free from harassment and discrimination. Provides leadership in the development and implementation of inclusive and accessible policies, programs and/or services for employees and customers in accordance with TTC's commitments and obligations under the Ontario Human Rights Code (OHRC) and Related Orders, the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), and TTC's policies. · Participation in the TTC Customer Service Ambassador Program


  • Use office technology, software and applications
  • Understand and apply administrative policies, processes, and procedures     
  • Apply analytical skills
  • Communicate in a variety of mediums
  • Manage human resources
  • Plan and organize activities / projects to meet section and organizational goals     
  • Manage conflict
  • Demonstrate specialized expertise and knowledge in the assigned field

Education and Experience

  • Completion of a post-secondary college diploma or university degree in a related discipline or combination of education, training and experience deemed to be equivalent
  • Professional purchasing accreditation or active enrollment with a professional body working towards certification considered an asset
  • Experience working in public sector procurement considered an asset
  • Experience in the procurement of Information Technology software, services and systems is considered an asset

Additional Requirements

  • Experience in procurement/purchasing, sales, Category Management and contract administration principles, methods and procedures
  • Experience with the procurement process and related tender, evaluation and award processes
  • Experience in broad-based sourcing strategies to drive financial benefits (i.e., through negotiations, reducing total cost of ownership, demand management and Supplier Relationship Management)
  • Must have knowledge of techniques for negotiating and expediting goods and services contracts as well as knowledge of commercial contract documents, sources of supply, current prices for goods/services and related market trends
  • Familiarity with materials management and sound knowledge of applicable customs charges and sales taxes
  • Must be computer literate with working knowledge of relevant computer based materials management systems, and desktop software such as Microsoft Office
  • Highly developed management, organizational, administrative and interpersonal skills
  • Experience collaborating, leading, motivating and training staff within operating departments about strategic sourcing approaches
  • Demonstrated analytical, problem solving, verbal/written communication and presentation skills
  • Must have a valid non-probationary class "G” drivers license and a personal vehicle for visits to vendors and TTC properties
  • Must have or acquire knowledge of Department specific processes combined with the TTC’s organizational structure, policies and procedures applicable to the work performed




We thank all applicants for their interest but advise that only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

The TTC is committed to fostering a positive workplace culture with a workforce that is representative of the communities it serves. Committed to the principles of diversity and inclusion, the TTC encourages applications from all qualified applicants. Accommodation is available for applicants, including those with disabilities, throughout the recruitment process. Please contact Human Resources - Employment Services at (416) 3934570.

The TTC’s Employment Policy prohibits relatives of current TTC employees from being hired, assigned, transferred or promoted into positions, where there is a conflict of interest due to relationship. Should you be selected for an interview, you will be required to disclose the name, relationship, and position of any relative who is a current TTC employee.