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Strategic Procurement Manager – Global Travel - 25727

Location: DORVAL, QC, Canada
Posting Start Date: Jan 8, 2021
Posting End Date: Jan 15, 2021


Job Description


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Air Canada, ranked among the top five most attractive companies to work for in Canada, is seeking a Strategic Procurement Manager– Global Travel, Hotels & Ground Transportation (GT), who will be based at our Montreal Headquarters.
Strategic Procurement (SP) is comprised of several Category Management teams and a Centre of Excellence (COE) to support SP. The successful candidate will play a key role as a category manager for all aspects of hotel accommodations and ground transportation sourcing initiatives including crew, passengers, corporate travel, training and events. Given the breadth and varied nature of the activities within this portfolio, this opportunity will provide interaction with key stakeholders in many parts of the organization. 
This role requires someone who will be a key contributor in creating synergies and leverage spend with Hotels across all branches within Air Canada. 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 Hotel properties, Hotel Chains and ground service providers.
The Strategic Procurement Manager – Global Travel will be supporting sourcing initiatives related to Air Canada’s key commercial and operational priorities.  The Global Travel Category includes procurement activities related to crew hotels, ground transportation providers, corporate travel, hotels for irregular operations and partnerships with 3rd party travel management companies.   This individual will collaborate and help support cross-functional teams to deliver strategic leadership, focused on value delivery, efficiency / cost savings, governance and control. 
In this role, responsibilities will include conducting supply market research, supporting sourcing strategies, evaluating competitive bid processes, draft and prepare Request for Proposals, Information or Quotation, participate in vendor selection and site inspections of Hotels as well as prepare and support negotiations and contract execution on an ongoing basis.
In greater detail, key areas of responsibility include the following:
  • Support corporate category procurement strategies:
  1. Develop and maintain an understanding of the hospitality industry and supply market trends in various regions around the world to strengthen Air Canada’s negotiating positions
  2. Stay abreast of Air Canada’s Corporate strategic initiatives and priorities through close collaboration with the departments 
  3. Analyse and monitor category spend and expiring contracts to uncover potential sourcing and consolidation opportunities  
  4. Engage the COE team to conduct research and analysis
  • Assist in managing procurement events for Crew Accommodations and ground service providers: 
  1. Facilitate and support relationships between multiple stakeholder groups, including our Express partners, to assist in the selection process of crew accommodation and ground transportation providers that meet Air Canada’s crew requirements and ensure cost effective quality accommodations
  2. Participate in site visits to evaluate accommodation and transportation alternatives 
  3. Ensure that hotel quality issues and feedback from crew members are addressed in a timely and effective manner
  4. Cultivate an effective working relationship with all stakeholders
  5. Work with cross functional teams to determine business requirements 
  6. Prepare and issue RFPs, evaluate responses, prepare site inspection agendas and support ongoing negotiations with suppliers
  7. Contract drafting and execution
  8. Collaborate with internal subject matter experts to obtain concurrence on contract terms 
  9. Contribute and prepare for regular business reviews with Air Canada’s Crew Administration team and 3rd party suppliers assigned to manage day of operations and/or Crew IROPS
  10. Ensure standards are met and all open issues are addressed with suppliers 
  • Act as an ambassador for Strategic Procurement and Air Canada
  1. Further develop SP’s relationships with internal customers over the course of procurement events
  2. Effectively communicate and promote the successes of SP 
  3. Actively engage in learning Air Canada’s business processes
  4. Continually seek areas for improvement


  • University degree in in a relevant field of study (commerce, supply chain, engineering, information technology)
  • Excellent communication (verbal and written), analytical, negotiation, and project management skills
  • Ability to influence without formal authority
  • A strong entrepreneurial spirit, a desire to innovate, intellectual curiosity and creative thinking
  • Strong organizational skills and work ethic
  • Ability to multi-task, work under pressure and accommodate changing priorities
  • High degree of professionalism and discretion is essential
  • Flexibility with work hours and ability to travel 
  • Hotel Management and/or Crew Resources experience, an asset
  • Previous experience working with collective agreements an asset
  • Completion of (or working towards) a SCMP designation, ISM or other procurement designation is an asset  
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.