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Procurement Specialist (Program Administration Officer 3)

Date: Sep 27, 2018

Location: HALIFAX, NS, CA, B3J 1V7

Company: The Government of Nova Scotia



Apply By: 10/18/2018  


Internal Services 


Procurement Specialist (Program Administration Officer 3), Permanent, HALIFAX 


Competition # 16124  



About Us


Procurement is a division of the Department of Internal Services (“ISD”).  We work within a shared service environment and manage the high value procurement process for departments, agencies, boards and commissions and their complex business needs.


Clinical Procurement provides these services to health care organizations in Nova Scotia, including Nova Scotia Health Authority. 


The Vision of Procurement is to be the 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 sustainability.

About Our Opportunity



As the Procurement Specialist you are responsible for and/or contribute to the strategic sourcing and category management processes relating to a specific clinical category. 


You will:


  • Help identify opportunities to achieve sustainable cost savings through stakeholder engagement, spend analytics, category market intelligence, etc. 
  • Require a keen understanding of the broad health care category and the nuances and considerations associated with procurement activities for this sector. 
  • Provide advice, leadership and consultation regarding supply market trends, sourcing methodologies, leading procurement practices, cost savings opportunities, and sourcing performance progress. 
  • Assist with negotiations of contracts and initiatives, as a major role of this position.
  • Provide direction to clients and vendors on complex issues of procurement, contracting, negotiation and business relationships is a key mandate.
  • Provide advice on vendor disputes, providing information and recommendations on dispute resolution.
  • Require a sound knowledge of Canadian contract and tendering law plus all relevant acts, regulations and trade agreements as they pertain to the public procurement environment.


The Procurement Specialist will be responsible for the procuring of goods and services within one (1) of the following portfolios: System Wide & Medical Device Reprocessing, Operating Room or Lab, Diagnostic Imaging & Pharmacy.

About You


Bachelor’s Degree plus 5 years related experience in procurement, supply chain or finance, or equivalent combination of training and experience. 


You will have the following experience:


  • Demonstrated end-to-end experience in Request for Proposal (RFP) development and process (i.e. writing of solicitation, specification review, evaluation process and contract negotiation).
  • Experience in project management and contract management.
  • Interpersonal and creativity skills, as well as a high degree of diplomacy in providing advice and guidance to senior management, as well as being effective to address/resolve vendor and client complaints and queries. 
  • Ability to identify, manage and mitigate risks and disputes that could result in legal action or have the potential to create the perception of distrust in the Procurement Process. 
  • Ability to adapt rapidly to changing circumstances and environments. 
  • Advanced demonstrable time management and organizational skills are required.
  • Proficient in the Microsoft Office suite, especially Excel and PowerPoint.




  • Completion or partial completion of Certification/Training such as PMAC, PSPP, SCMA;
  • Public Procurement related experience;
  • Experience working in a clinical procurement environment.
  • Category management would be considered an asset.
  • Experience in an ERP based environment (SAP/Ariba) in relation to spend analytics and contract management.


Pay Grade:  PR 13  


Salary Range:  $2,291.00 - $2,786.00 Bi-Weekly


This is a bargaining unit position initially restricted to current civil service employees represented by the Nova Scotia Government Employees Union (NSGEU).


If applying from outside a government office, employees must apply correctly via this link:



Failure to apply correctly means that your application will not be given first consideration as a bargaining unit applicant, and will only be included if external applications are pursued.  


External applicants and current casual employees will only be considered if there are no qualified civil service bargaining unit candidates.


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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