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Strategic Procurement Manager - 30377

Location: DORVAL, QC, Canada
Posting Start Date: Aug 3, 2022
Posting End Date: Aug 14, 2022


Job Description


Being part of Air Canada is to become part of an iconic Canadian symbol, recently ranked the best Airline in North America. Let your career take flight by joining our diverse and vibrant team at the leading edge of passenger aviation.
We are seeking a Strategic Procurement Manager who will be based at our Montreal Headquarters. 
Strategic Procurement (SP) is comprised of several Category Management teams and a Knowledge Management (KM) team. The successful candidate will report to the Senior Manager, Strategic Procurement who oversees the Maintenance category. The successful candidate will play a key role in leading and contributing to broad range of sourcing events within this category. Given the cross-functional nature of procurement at Air Canada, this opportunity will provide interaction with key stakeholders in many parts of the organization.
This role requires someone who will be a key contributor to important sourcing projects for Air Canada as it expands internationally and focuses on improving customer service.  The successful candidate will apply a passion for leadership and collaboration in order to obtain the best value for the airline and to develop mutually beneficial relationships with suppliers.
The Strategic Procurement Manager will work with the Senior Manager, Strategic Procurement in leading sourcing projects related to the procurement and / or sale of Engines, APUs, Landing Gear, Components, Airframe, Flight Operations, Engineering Services and other aircraft requirements. 
This individual will lead projects individually as well as support the Senior Manager, Strategic Procurement in collaborating across cross-functional teams and delivering high quality services with a strong focus on value and analytics. The candidate will also bring a strong focus on revenue generation and customer-centricity through a variety of initiatives.
In this role, responsibilities will include conducting supply market research, building category/project baselines, establishing sourcing strategies, seeking proposals, conducting negotiations, and contributing to the overall improvement of procurement practices at Air Canada.
Key areas of responsibility include the following:
  • Lead and manage procurement events, independently or in collaboration with the Senior Manager, Strategic Procurement:
    • Conduct supply market research and baseline spend analysis
    • Work with cross functional teams to determine business requirements and establish sourcing strategies
    • Lead competitive bid and contract negotiations
    • Create cost models and financial business cases (Excel, Powerpoint, etc.)
    • Design and implement category strategies that deliver financial and other performance targets such as service, quality, and risk management 
    • Draft and execute contracts
  • Contribute to the improvement of internal procurement practices:
    • Participate in the establishment of best-in-class procurement methods
    • Develop models to evaluate supplier proposals using quantitative and qualitative criteria
    • Ability to create and issue reports or KPIs
    • Regularly use Ariba platform to execute request for proposals, contracts and savings forms 
  • Act as an ambassador for Strategic Procurement and Air Canada:
    • Further develop SP relationships with internal customers through all engagements and current/potential service providers to Air Canada 
    • Effectively communicate and promote the successes of SP 
    • Actively engage in learning ACM, Flight Ops and Engineering Services matters, negotiate best practices, improver Air Canada’s governance and business processes


  • University degree in the relevant field of study (Commerce, Supply chain, Finances) or professional experience to support the responsibilities of this role
  • Demonstrated communication (verbal and written), analytical, negotiation, and project management skills
  • Experience in the any of the fields of: procurement, maintenance, supply chain and/or logistics are all of added benefit.
  • Full proficiency with Microsoft Office software (Teams, Sharepoint, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint)
  • Strong proficiency with Ariba platform, Power Apps or Power BI tools, 
  • Ability to multi-task, work under pressure, and accommodate changing priorities
  • Strong entrepreneurial spirit and a desire to innovate
  • Strong organizational skills
  • High degree of professionalism and discretion is essential
  • Flexibility with work hours and occasional travel may be required
  • Completion of (or working towards) a designation in SCMA, ISM or other procurement designation is an asset  
Conditions of Employment:
  • Candidates must be eligible to work in the country of interest, at the time any offer of employment is made and seeking any required work permits/visas or other authorizations which may be required is the sole responsibility of the candidates applying for this position.
  • Mandatory Covid-19 Vaccination Required
Linguistic Requirements

Based on equal qualifications, preference will be given to bilingual candidates. 
Diversity and Inclusion
Air Canada is strongly committed to Diversity and Inclusion and aims to create a healthy, accessible and rewarding work environment which highlights employees’ unique contributions to our company’s success.
As an equal opportunity employer, we welcome applications from all to help us build a diverse workforce which reflects the diversity of our customers, and communities, in which we live and serve.

Air Canada thanks all candidates for their interest; however only those selected to continue in the process will be contacted

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