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Strategic Procurement Manager - 23361

Location: DORVAL, QC, Canada
Posting Start Date: Jun 14, 2019
Posting End Date: Jun 24, 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.

We are seeking a Strategic Procurement Manager, based out of our Montreal Headquarters to become part of Air Canada’s Strategic Procurement (SP) team which is comprised of several Category Management teams and a Knowledge Management (KM) team. The successful candidate will play a key role in leading and contributing to a broad range of sourcing events. 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 we expand internationally and focus 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 successful candidate will report to the Manager, Strategic Procurement – Commercial & IT and will support driving decision making for spend and revenue in Air Canada’s Commercial categories (including but not limited to marketing, advertising, sales, communications, ancillary revenues and loyalty).

This individual will lead projects individually as well as supporting the Manager by collaborating with cross-functional teams and delivering high quality services with a strong focus on value. 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.

  • Lead and manage procurement events, independently or in collaboration with the 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
    • 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
  • 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 Commercial and IT subject matter, negotiation best practices, Air Canada’s governance and business processes


  • University degree in a relevant field of study (Commerce, Supply chain, Finance, Engineering) or education combined with professional experience to support the responsibilities of this role
  • Demonstrated communication (verbal and written), analytical, negotiation, and project management skills
  • At least 2-3 years of work experience in a related field. Experience in procurement, passenger airlines, partnerships, marketing, project management, supply chain and/or logistics are of added benefit.
  • Full proficiency with Microsoft Office software (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint)
  • 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
  • Experience using procurement technology, especially SAP Ariba is an asset
  • Completion of (or working towards) a designation in PMP, SCMA, ISM or other procurement designation is an asset


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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