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Manager, Strategic Sourcing (Category Manager)



Competition # : 31701 

Department: Service Nova Scotia and Internal Services

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Permanent

Union Status: Exclusion - Non Union - NSPG 

Closing Date: 8/2/2021 (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

About Us


Do you have an innovative mindset? Are you a natural leader that creates a winning culture? Do you understand the voice of the customer? Are you someone that loves the world of procurement and all the dynamics and challenges it brings? Tell us your story and why you want to work with us?


The procurement branch of Nova Scotia’s Department of Service Nova Scotia and Internal Services is an exciting place to work. We are a growing group of innovative and passionate procurement professionals that are helping our clients procure the best vendor relationships to support the needs of our clients and, in turn, the people of Nova Scotia. Our main clients are Nova Scotia Government and Nova Scotia Health. We are looking for unique individuals that share our vision and values in providing quality leadership and support to their procurement specialists.

About Our Opportunity


As a Category Manager leading a team of procurement specialists, you will 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.


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 to  understand future service delivery 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 and people.  An equivalent combination of education and related experience will be considered.


This position aligns well with candidates who also have:

  • Demonstrated experience in leading, coaching and mentoring others in a diverse environment, team building, employee development and relationship building;
  • Category, project and change management skills;
  • Demonstrated experience in public or private sector procurement;
  • Demonstrated experience in developing complex RFPs end to end for clients and negotiating subsequent agreements;
  • Ability to analyze, understand and articulate market trends, total cost of ownership, and articulating opportunities as part of a business case for a client; 
  • Demonstrated experience in developing strategic sourcing plans with a strong understanding of how to execute on each phase of the plan;
  • A demonstrated commitment to service excellence through continuous improvement methodologies;
  • Experience dealing with service delivery escalations and issues from various client groups;
  • Demonstrated flexibility and collaboration in how you lead, manage, and deliver client service;
  • A commitment to focusing on a culture that provides customer service above and beyond what is expected;
  • Strong understanding of procurement law and trade agreements and how they work within public procurement environments;
  • Organization, time management and motivational skills; and
  • A leadership style that is driven, energetic and has a high degree of professional integrity.


Experience in the following are considered assets:

  • Experience in developing multi-year category management plans;
  • Public sector procurement supply chain environment
  • Public Procurement certification or Supply Chain designation, or working towards it. (Examples: Supply Chain Management Professional (SCMP) or SMT Certificate from Supply Chain Canada (formerly Supply Chain Management Association, SCMA), PSPP (Public Sector Procurement Program), Certified Public Procurement Officer (CPPO) or equivalent)
  • Experience in facilitating Construction and/or general goods and fleet procurements. 


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.


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.



Applicants relying on education and experience equivalencies must demonstrate such equivalencies in their application.



Based on the employment status, 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. Click here to learn more about our various benefits offerings and eligibility criteria.

Additional Information


Please note this is a full-time, permanent position.

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:  $3,062.13 - $3,836.49 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