Strategic Buyer

Joffre - Alberta - Canada - Oil, Gas & Mining - Oil & Gas - Construction, Commissioning & Operations - Academic Bachelor

Brunel Energy provides specialist personnel to the international oil & gas, petrochemical, power generation and construction industries. Our clients are predominantly major operating companies and international engineering or construction companies.

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Megan Pavan, Account manager

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About this role


  • Develop enterprise-wide category strategies to achieve cost savings, value generation, and improve quality and service levels by identifying opportunity areas such as product standardization, supplier consolidation and leveraging opportunities;
  • Provide strategy development, negotiating and contracting leadership for business-strategic contracts (i.e., Engineering, Procurement and/or Construction Management, technology licenses, preferred service/labour contracts, non-disclosure, etc.) to support the business needs;
  • Develop the necessary competitive bid documents, through collaboration with the project and content experts in support of the agreed upon contracting strategies;
  • Provide category procurement subject matter expertise to the associated business area and procurement buyers and seek out expertise from business/function when necessary;
  • Drive use of procurement best practices and standardization of procurement processes for managing the category;
  • Maintain a record of competitive market data, for the purpose of benchmarking and analysis, and develop a system for tracking and recording contractor performance;
  • Communicate any major market trends, risks and opportunities to key stakeholders and work collaboratively with the Project teams to develop mitigating solutions for identified project vulnerabilities associated with engineering and construction contractor market risks
  • Effectively work with business groups as a trusted advisor to determine desired product/service specifications and projected demand when making recommended action plans;
  • Coordinate with Strategic Buyers to lead cross-functional teams to execute strategic sourcing projects for assigned category areas by assisting with sourcing strategy, negotiations, and supplier selection and overseeing project execution;
  • Execute Supplier Relationship Management (SRM) process including supplier stratification/classification, governance, performance management, and supplier development;
  • Lead major projects to improve supplier performance, innovation, value, and decreased costs;
  • Proactively identify supplier value generation opportunities for assigned category areas and recommend key actions to the appropriate stakeholders;
  • Lead the category management opportunities and improvements initiatives that maximize profitability and lead execution of the initiatives when necessary, while working with business groups in the development of sourcing strategies options and overall approach to the market;
  • Lead the Category Management Competency to effectively develop and execute category strategies to achieve World Class Performance in procurement practices.

About you

The successful candidate will have a Bachelor’s Degree in Science or Business (or a combination of education with a Professional Designation i.e., Certified Purchasing Manager, PMAC, SCM), with 10+ years of experience in the following areas: Strategic Sourcing/Procurement experience, Performance Measurement, Contract Negotiation, Project Management, Category Management, Business Analysis, and Change Management. It is important that the successful candidate has 8+ years of industry/category specific experience in one of the following categories: MRO, Capital Equipment, Professional Services, Construction, Facilities, etc. Additional required skills include:

  • First hand working knowledge of category management processes/execution and strategic sourcing methodology required;
  • Strong knowledge of strategic sourcing methodology with pragmatism to manage exceptions;
  • Track record of effectively directing and leveraging procurement spend in assigned category areas by leading enterprise wide cross-functional teams;
  • Ability to persuade and educate stakeholders such that they gain a full appreciation for the various procurement contract risks, mitigation approaches, and realistic service levels and cost;
  • Strong leadership presence and negotiation/contract management experience;
  • Ability to coach and train other Procurement practitioners on application of strategic procurement techniques and processes;
  • Knowledge and experience with procurement/spend systems data and analysis;
  • Strong interpersonal and management capabilities to manage and develop Procurement Resources;
  • Must have strong organizational skills and the ability to lead high performance teams;
  • Strong problem solving, analytical and report summation, and conflict resolution skills;
  • Ability to apply change management and consulting skills/knowledge and expertise;
  • Proficiency in Microsoft suite (Word, Excel, Outlook, SharePoint and PowerPoint), proficiency in Purchase-to-pay tools (e.g., SAP MM, Ariba)
  • An ability to execute job responsibilities during period of moderate travel. This position will require 15%-30% travel with possible extended stays.

About us

Our client is currently seeking a Strategic Buyer who will lead Category Management Teams in the development of category strategies for various category areas that lead to cost savings initiatives, considering the total cost of ownership and develop procurement-specific programs as a liaison between technical procurement and the business.


  • Vacancy number: PUB182284
  • Location: Joffre
  • Market: Oil, Gas & Mining
  • hours per week: 40
  • Branche: Oil & Gas
  • Education level: Academic Bachelor
  • Area of Expertise: Construction, Commissioning & Operations
  • Closing date: Thursday, November 29, 2018
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Megan Pavan

Account manager Brunel Energy Canada Calgary

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