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Contract Manager – Strategic Procurement - 23357

Location: DORVAL, QC, Canada
Posting Start Date: Jun 13, 2019
Posting End Date: Jun 23, 2019


Job Description


Are you passionate about reaching new heights, teamwork and making a meaningful contribution? Do you picture yourself as a valued member of an industry-leading organization? If you answered yes to these questions, Air Canada is seeking enthusiastic individuals to join the diverse and vibrant team working together to lead the growth and expansion of Canada’s flag carrier.

Air Canada, ranked among the top five most attractive companies to work for in Canada, is seeking a Contract Manager within the Strategic Procurement group, who will be based at our Montreal Headquarters. 

Strategic Procurement (SP) is comprised of several Category Management teams and a Procurement Center of Excellence (CoE). The successful candidate will play a key role as a Contract Manager supporting Information Technology (IT) engagements. 

Given the cross-functional nature of IT procurement at Air Canada, this opportunity will provide interaction and collaboration with internal stakeholders in many parts of the organization.

The successful candidate will combine his/her advanced understanding of commercial contracts and collaborate with a number of support functions (e.g. Legal, Tax and Insurance departments) to obtain the best value for the airline and develop mutually beneficial relationships with suppliers. 

The Contract Manager - Strategic Procurement (IT) will review agreements related to essential IT and consulting services, systems and infrastructure in a fast paced and stimulating environment.

In this role, responsibilities will include drafting and reviewing agreements, conducting contractual and commercial negotiations, and contributing to the overall improvement of the contract workflow and procurement practices at Air Canada.


  • Drafting and reviewing agreements
    • Draft or review agreements and other binding documents (e.g. amendments, assignment letters, supplier notifications, non disclosure agreements)
    • Add Data Protection Agreements to new or existing contracts, where required
    • Ensure documents are reviewed and signed off by all required AC support functions
    • Summarize and explain outstanding risks to senior internal stakeholders to obtain approvals
    • Enter and manage all documents in Ariba from contract inception to execution
  • Conducting contractual and commercial negotiations
    • Align with internal stakeholders and SP leadership team to determine negotiation strategy
    • Lead contractual and commercial negotiations with suppliers 
    • Act as the single point of contact for suppliers throughout the negotiations
    • Escalate as needed for timely resolution of outstanding items
  • Contributing to process improvement
    • Participate in the establishment of best-in-class methods to reduce contract cycle time
    • Develop and maintain an understanding of emerging legal and contractual requirements
    • Maintain contract templates up to date 
    • Monitor and recommend supplier consolidation opportunities
    • Ensure Supplier Relationship Management (SRM) is in place post-execution
  • Act as an ambassador for SP and Air Canada
    • Further develop relationships with internal stakeholders and suppliers
    • Effectively communicate and promote the successes of SP 
    • Actively engage in learning Air Canada’s business processes




  • University degree in a relevant field of study (e.g. legal, paralegal, commerce) or significant experience in contract administration and/or management
  • Demonstrated negotiation and problem-solving skills
  • Collaborative nature with ability to work with cross-functional stakeholders and support functions
  • Ability to work effectively under short deadlines and in high-pressure situations
  • Excellent work ethic, diligence and time management skills
  • Excellent communication skills, oral and written
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, Teams, Sharepoint)
  • Familiarity with Ariba, an asset
Due to the confidential nature of the work, a high degree of professionalism and discretion is required. Flexibility with work hours and occasional travel may also be necessary.



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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