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Procurement Operations Director - Goods, Services and Construction



Competition # : 37809 

Department: Service Nova Scotia and Internal Services

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Permanent

Union Status: Exclusion - Non Union - NSPG 

Closing Date: 2/15/2023 (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)



Please join us for a virtual information session to find out more about working for the Province of Nova Scotia and an opportunity to ask questions.  This session will be held on Wednesday February 1, 2023 from 3pm to 4pm AST and hosted by Executive Director, Chris Mitchell and HR Business Partner, Navoda Samarasekera.  You may join here:

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About Us


Procurement is a branch of Service Nova Scotia and Internal Services (SNSIS). Our staff provide knowledge and expertise to our clients as they seek unique, creative, sustainable procurement solutions for complex business needs.


We oversee the Nova Scotia Sustainable Procurement Policy and Procurement Operations is accountable for providing leadership and direction on the development and delivery of procurement programs, plans, and strategies aligned to assist with the delivery of departmental and government priorities. This is accomplished through the leadership and mentoring of teams to develop strategies and frameworks, while adhering to best practices and continuous improvement in go-to-market solutions. We guide agencies, boards, and commissions as well as the greater public sector including municipalities, academic institutions, and schools in their procurement efforts. We provide outreach and education to our supplier community encouraging them to become part of the public procurement equation. We also deliver diversity and sustainable procurement education to our internal client department as well as those in the MASH sector.

About Our Opportunity


Are you the type of person who DOES BIG THINGS? If the following describes what makes you successful, we’d like to meet you?


  • You are committed to the mission of helping identify solutions to the many province-wide procurement challenges in Nova Scotia
  • You identify as critical the ability to build new or to strengthen existing work relationships.
  • You are naturally wired to understand that taking a puzzle apart, rather than just putting it together, helps you highlight the best method to identify the correct result.
  • Your colleagues and teams describe you as a calming and steady force; a hurricane of energy; a solid leader able to select the best approach for each situation.
  • You can break up a 100-mile journey into smaller, achievable goals ensuring successes are celebrated and failures are learned from.
  • You are a natural communicator, and you are equally comfortable as the “go-to” expert as you are openly willing to learn from others.


If this is you, then Service Nova Scotia and Internal Services, Procurement branch wants you as their new Procurement Operations Director for Goods, Services and Construction.

Primary Accountabilities


If you are an accomplished leader with a track record of success in a senior Procurement-related appointment this job would be a perfect fit. The Procurement Operations Director for Goods, Services and Construction is a senior executive position and reports to the Chief Procurement Officer.  Working within a shared service environment you will provide leadership and strategic direction in a multi-client, benefits-focused environment.  


You will lead a team of subject matter experts and will be accountable for: 


  • Managing the procurement of all Goods, Services and Construction-related initiatives as well as providing general advisory and support services to the broader public sector such as MASH and Crown entities where applicable
  • Working collaboratively to foster public confidence through consistent, open and transparent interpretation and application of multiple Trade Agreements
  • Using your extensive knowledge of procurement law to advise both clients and suppliers.  Where necessary, mediate misunderstandings between those stakeholders allowing for a reduction in potential formal legal disputes.
  • Using your superior networking and communication skills to “be the change”; and to ensure maximum utilization and understanding of the procurement policies and processes for internal as well as external clients and aid in their adherence to both.
  • Integrating value-added procurement initiatives in the areas of category management, strategic sourcing, contract compliance, process efficiencies and technology upgrades to improve public procurement activities and client service excellence.

Qualifications and Experience


This could be the right job for you if you have the following skills and work experience:


  • Project management understanding to oversee multiple files with corresponding delivery requirements.
  • Process review experience, using Lean or similar, identifying best practice and highlighting areas of opportunity and/ or recommended change.
  • Experience in a combination of operations, procurement delivery, issues management, client excellence
  • Effective liaison capacity across multiple stakeholders in support or lead of solutions development
  • Demonstrated knowledge of strategic sourcing and experience negotiating contracts
  • Understanding of IT-driven procurement systems/approaches and the ability to apply IT solutions to address purchasing/ logistics problems, specifically SAP Ariba.
  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field as well as several years of progressive management experience in a similar environment.  An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.




An equivalent combination of training, education and experience will be considered. Applicants relying on education and experience equivalencies must demonstrate such equivalencies in their application.

Salary Information

EC 14 - EC 14 

$4,184.42 - $5,230.52 



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. Click here to learn more about our various benefits offerings and eligibility criteria.

Working Conditions


  • Much of the time is spent sitting in a comfortable position and there is frequent opportunity to move about
  • Considerable sensory attention is required on an on-going basis to decipher and interpret sensory inputs that require diligence and attention to detail e.g., several hours of close attention several times per day
  • Considerable mental effort and stress due to the level of decision making.
  • Some travel may be required.

What We Offer



  • Flexible remote and in-person working opportunities.
  • 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 thought policies and strategies.
  • Countless Career Paths. Department Specific Flexible working arrangements



Pay Grade:  EC 14 

Salary Range:  $4,184.42 - $5,230.52 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