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Manager, Strategic Sourcing (Category Manager, 2 positions)

Date: Oct 5, 2018

Location: HALIFAX, NS, CA, B3J 1V7

Company: The Government of Nova Scotia


Apply By: 10/19/2018  


Internal Services 


Manager, Strategic Sourcing (Category Manager, 2 positions), Permanent, HALIFAX  


Competition # 17202 




About Us


Internal Services supports the public sector as it delivers programs and services that Nova Scotians rely on.   We deliver services to government and beyond by processing a million financial transactions each year, auditing government operations, optimizing information and technology, managing major purchases for the public sector and helping public bodies administer the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (FOIPOP) Act and the Records Act.


We are well-positioned to meet our goals so that other departments can focus on delivering important programs for Nova Scotians.


About the Division


Procurement is a division of the Department of Internal Services (“ISD”) that manages major purchases for departments, agencies, boards and commissions for their complex business needs. In Procurement, we ensure an open and fair purchasing process that maximizes competition and supporting the environment, economy, and society to obtain the best value.


We provide the knowledge and expertise required to guide the government as it seeks unique, creative, sustainable procurement solutions for complex business needs.


Procurement is changing as a function within the enterprise and as a profession.  Our vision is to be the leader in government procurement service delivery, and we will achieve this by 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 clients.


About the Opportunities


Working within a shared service environment, you will lead a team, as well as identify opportunities for sustainable cost-savings within a specific portfolio.


You will own the procurement relationship with customers and suppliers. Your primary responsibility will be to achieve client success against all contractual commitments at the category level (strategic & tactical). You will analyze expenditures and understand and achieve category deliverables, savings commitments, milestones and obligations, and to establish a project plan to meet each. 


As the Category Manager, you will be responsible for providing ongoing staff mentoring to Procurement Specialists in areas of strategic sourcing (RFx) and negotiating, process definition and implementation, analytics and reporting.


This position aligns well with those that have the following work experience:

  • support project plans and category strategies and be a strong and effective negotiator;
  • solid understanding of market trends, Total Cost of Ownership (TCO), business case analysis, determining key category performance indicators;
  • support the development of an annual sourcing and procurement plan to deliver results.


You will project manage the entire strategic sourcing cycle of a category and will ensure the consistent application of strategic sourcing and procurement methodologies, strategies and tools including preparation/drafting of RFx’s, supplier selection and negotiations, contract finalization, supplier transition and performance tracking. 


About You


You have an undergraduate Degree in Commerce, Business Administration, Supply Chain or Science and five (5) years of procurement experience.  An equivalent combination of relevant training and experience may be considered. 


You must have the following skills or work experience: solid leadership experience in leading, coaching, mentoring, building a strong team by engaging and supporting employee’s development; strong understanding of the procurement process, RFx development, and associated policies and procedures including strategic sourcing, category management and public tendering; experience in proactively developing, defining and executing effective sourcing strategies using financial, conceptual, analytical skills and decision making/problem-solving; proven experience leading and supporting staff in areas of strategic sourcing, analytics, and reporting; proven ability to organize, control and coordinate a variety of activities in a fast-paced environment and prioritize work; managing complex, high dollar value, negotiations with suppliers; leading stakeholder engagement, ensuring clear communications and buy-in from the impacted stakeholders and excellent skills with the Microsoft Office suite especially Excel and PowerPoint.


The following would be considered assets: Certified Supply Chain Management Professional (SCMP) designation from the Supply Chain Management Association (SCMA) and/or Public Sector Procurement Program (PSPP); experience with SAP (procurement modules) and SAP Ariba; Public Procurement and experience in one of the following fields in procurement or contract management:

  • Clinical
  • Fleet
  • Construction
  • Building Services


Leadership competencies required at this level of work are: Analytical Thinking, Action Management, Team Leadership, Initiative, Effective Interactive Communication, Partnering and Relationship Building, and Intercultural and 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.



Pay Grade:  EC 11 


Salary Range:  $2,652.00 - $3,315.00 Bi-Weekly   


All current employees who wish to be considered an internal candidate, please click here.


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 Aboriginal 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 the equity groups, you are encouraged to self-identify on your electronic application.


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 their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.


For questions or concerns, please contact



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