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IT/Digital Category Manager



Competition # : 37797 

Department: Service Nova Scotia and Internal Services

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Permanent

Union Status: Exclusion - Non Union - NSPG 

Closing Date: 2/6/2023 (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

About Us


Procurement is a division of the Department of Service Nova Scotia and Internal Services (“SNSIS”) that manages major procurements for departments, agencies, boards and commissions and their complex business needs.  In Procurement, we ensure an open and fair process that maximizes competition and supports the environment, economy, and society to obtain the best value.  We provide the knowledge and expertise required to guide government as it seeks unique, creative, sustainable procurement solutions for complex business needs. 


Procurement, SNSIS is changing as a function within the enterprise and as a profession.  Our vision is to be a leader in government procurement service delivery, and we will achieve this through integrating an innovative approach in all procurement efforts, resulting in: 

  • Responsible management of public resources
  • Clear client focus
  • Optimized sourcing solutions
  • Transparency, compliance, and sustainable accountability to our colleagues and customers

What is Procurement


Procurement is defined as the activities involved in establishing requirements, sourcing activities, market research, and negotiation of contracts to acquire products or services.


Moreover, procurement exists to explore supply market opportunities and to implement sourcing strategies that deliver the best possible outcome to the organization, its stakeholders, and Nova Scotia overall. SNSIS Procurement provides knowledge and expertise to guide our clients as they seek unique, creative, sustainable procurement solutions for complex business needs.  


About Our Opportunity


Reporting to the Operations Manager, the IT/Digital Category Manager provides leadership of a team of Procurement Specialists under the IT/Digital portfolio, by ensure exceptional service delivery is provided to clients while always understanding the “voice of the customer.”


As a leader that cares about building and supporting a dedicated and loyal team, you will have a proven track record in mentorship, delivering results, promoting engagement, collaboration and leading by example while supporting diversity and a healthy workplace.


The IT/Digital Procurement team is responsible for the total procurement process for IT/Digital Goods and Services, as it relates to significant business initiatives which include, but are not limited to, supporting and/or leading strategic sourcing activities, tactical procurement, and contract management activities.  The IT/Digital Procurement team is instrumental in supporting making Nova Scotia a digital leader by investing in technology to provide positive client experiences and service excellence.  The IT/Digital Procurement Team also supports NSHA IM/IT group in fulfilling their procurement activities by supporting their mission to provide a fully integrated, clinical information management and clinical IT support network provincially, to support their customers across the health care continuum. 


In a typical work week, you can expect to:

  • Provide mentorship to procurement specialists in their development by helping them apply the most effective and innovative procurement methods to their daily work;
  • Deliver category management and strategic sourcing practices;
  • Coordinate category plans with clients to develop/update timing of project deliverables, costs, and  savings.
  • Work with the Operations Manager to provide advice, and ensure the  understanding of the future requirements of NS Government and NSH.
  • Facilitate issuing complex Request for Proposals, contract negotiations and management, and provide public procurement guidance in best practices and standards.

About You


To be successful in this role, you will have a post-secondary degree in a related discipline (such as Business Administration, Engineering or Commerce), a minimum of 5 years experience in a senior procurement role managing complex procurement projects.  An equivalent combination of education and related experience will be considered.


Candidate must have demonstrated experience in leading, coaching, and mentoring others in a diverse environment, team building and employee development.


This position aligns well with candidates who also have demonstrated experience and abilities in:

  • A leadership style that is driven, energetic and has a high degree of professional integrity.
  • Understanding Canadian procurement law, and trade agreements and how they work within public procurement environments.
  • Understanding of the sourcing process, and how to execute on each of the phases, such as Assessing Opportunity, Define Requirement, Market Research, Selection, Development and Execution of sourcing strategies, Evaluation Methodologies and Implementation of contracts.
  • Organization, time management and motivational skills.
  • Public and/or private procurement, developing complex RFPs end to end for clients and negotiating subsequent agreements.
  • Project and Change management.
  • Analyzing, understanding, and articulating market trends, Total Cost of Ownership, and developing multi-year category management plans.
  • Developing strategic sourcing plans with a strong understanding of how to execute on each phase of the plan.
  • Committing to service excellence through continuous improvement methodologies and focusing on a culture that provides customer service above and beyond what is expected.
  • Dealing with service delivery escalations and issues from various client groups.
  • Above average skills MS Office products (Excel, Word, PowerPoint)


About You Cont'd


Experience in the following are considered assets:

    • Public Procurement certification or Supply Chain designation or working towards it.

(Examples: PSPP (Public Sector Procurement Program), Certified Public Procurement Officer (CPPO), Supply Chain Management Professional (SCMP) or SMT Certificate from Supply Chain Canada (formerly Supply Chain Management Association, SCMA), or equivalent)

    • Experience in IT/Digital related goods and services Procurement
    • Experience with SAP (procurement modules) and SAP Ariba


Competencies required at this level are: Analytical Thinking, Teamwork & Collaboration, Action Management, Client Orientation, Developing Others, Team Leadership, Initiative, Effective Interactive Communication, Partnering & Relationship Building, Strategic Orientation, Intercultural Diversity Proficiency.


We will assess the above qualifications and competencies using one or more of the following tools: written examination, standardized tests, oral presentations, interview(s), and reference checks.  Applications/resumes should be specific, detailing experiences and associated timelines. 





Based on the employment status and Union agreement, the Government of Nova Scotia offers its employees a wide range of benefits such as Health, Dental, Life Insurance, Pension, General Illness (Short and Long Term), Vacation and Employee and Family Assistance Programs.


What We Offer


  • Career Development where you have access to career guidance, tools, resources, and ongoing training for every stage of your career
  • Engaging workplace: our Employees feel valued, respected, connected, and tuned in, we have forward-thinking policies and strategies
  • Countless career paths
  • Department specific flexible working schedules




Pay Grade:  EC 11 

Salary Range:  $3,143.79 - $3,929.78 Bi-Weekly   


Employment Equity Statement:

Our goal is to be a diverse workforce that is representative, at all job levels, of the citizens we serve.  The Government of Nova Scotia has an Employment Equity Policy, and we welcome applications from Indigenous People, African Nova Scotians and Other Racially Visible Persons, Persons with Disabilities and Women in occupations or positions where they are under-represented.  If you are a member of one of these equity groups, you are encouraged to self-identify on your electronic application.


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Offer of employment is conditional upon the completion of all applicable background checks and confirmation of credentials, the results of which must be satisfactory to the employer. We thank all applicants for the interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. All questions and concerns may be directed to