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Strategic Procurement Manager - Sustainable Procurement - 31806

Location: DORVAL, QC, Canada
Posting Start Date: Dec 28, 2022
Posting End Date: Jan 8, 2023


Job Description


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Air Canada, recognized as one of Canada’s top diversity employers and one of Montreal’s top employers, is seeking a Strategic Procurement Manager - Sustainable Procurement who will be based at our Montreal Headquarters. 
Sustainable Procurement is the integration of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) criteria and CSR principles into traditional procurement processes and decisions. This role will report into the Manager, Sustainable Procurement in the Centre of Excellence (COE) group within the Strategic Procurement (SP) organization. 
The candidate will play a key role in improving the supplier risk management processes, performing supplier due diligence assessments and supporting activities to further position the airline as a leader in Sustainable Procurement. 
The successful candidate will apply a passion for Environmental and Social principles into shaping Procurement policies and process to include sustainability and promote Sustainable Procurement stewardship by maintaining strong relationships with multiple key stakeholders externally and internally (branches, industry associations, and others). 
The Strategic Procurement Manager - Sustainable Procurement, will primarily be responsible for supplier risk management which will include supporting the redesign and automation of a corporate supplier legal and reputational risk management program, financial and operational risk, and the associated on-going management of the process.
In addition to this program, the candidate will also support development and implementation of various ESG-related initiatives including policies, process and programs to promote and drive best practices for Sustainable Procurement across all procurement categories at Air Canada.
In greater detail, key areas of responsibility include the following:
  • Lead and support the Supplier Risk Management Program
    • Advance and mature the Legal and Reputational Risk Management Process including process automation, dashboards and KPIs for on-going monitoring of high-risk profiles
    • Define, develop, and execute the risk management lifecycle process as it pertains to legal, reputational, financial, and operational risk
    • Benchmark legal and reputational risk management strategy, supplier segmentation, ESG frameworks, and conduct a business operation assessment to identify areas of improvement and stay up to date with industry trends
    • Perform due diligence assessments on suppliers prior to entering into a contract and communicate information with stakeholders in a collaborative manner 
    • Refine process to provide on-going monitoring of contracted suppliers and provide status and update reports
    • Assist in determination of supplier compliance to Air Canada’s internal policies and code of conduct reviews
    • Develop supplier risk related training deliverables and execute the training to the department
    • Create on-going awareness about the program to internal stakeholders
    • Assist in the implementation of a supplier risk management policy, determine and measure data points for collection, and establish controls for risk mitigation 
  • Supporting the development and implementation of the Sustainable Procurement Roadmap 
    • Support initiatives that affect various phases of the procurement process 
    • Lead initiatives that affect legal and reputational risk management including ESG ratings for suppliers
    • Identifying and assessing industry risk incidents related to ESG issues 
    • Assist in the development and implementation of a sustainable procurement supplier policy and determine and measure data points for collection
    • Collaborate with the sustainable procurement working groups 
  • Contribute to and lead continuous improvement projects and initiatives within the Centre of Excellence team
    • Work collaboratively with members of COE and participate in various initiatives
    • Other duties as required


In addition to a University degree in a relevant field of study and minimum 2 years of related work experience, the successful candidate will demonstrate:
  • Knowledge and understanding of reputational and financial risks and regulatory requirements related to suppliers
  • Knowledge of applicable laws, regulations and regulatory trends
  • Knowledge of and passion for ESG topics, policy development and program management
  • Previous experience in procurement is an asset
The core competencies that will help the ideal candidate be successful are:
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Rigorous attention to details and accuracy
  • Strong organizational, prioritization, time management skills
  • Analytical assessment skills and strategic thinking
  • Good conflict management, negotiation and influencing skills
  • Strong research capabilities
  • Entrepreneurial spirit and desire to learn
  • Ability to build relationships, teamwork
  • Customer-oriented, collaborative spirit
  • Adaptable to changing regulations, priorities, and environments
Due to the confidential nature of the work, a high degree of professionalism and discretion is required. Flexibility and willingness to work extended work hours may also be necessary. 
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.
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.