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Procurement Consultant - 156377

Toronto, On · Telecommunications
-hybrid (up to 3 days in the office) - Brampton or Toronto office
-possibility of extension
-2 roles

The Procurement IT Professional Services Team is seeking a Category Lead eager to join our team. Reporting to the Senior Manager, Procurement IT, the Category Lead will be proficient within the spend category and work with business partners to manage the strategic direction, total cost of ownership and risk. Your task will be to establish optimal commercial arrangements for next generation IT professional services aligned with Rogers strategic business objectives. Your procurement and business acumen will advance Procurement's trusted advisor status, optimize spend and value for money, drive best practices and provide future-focused strategies to achieve Rogers' goals.

You are a business partner oriented candidate who has a strong understanding of Procurement policies and practices, competitive bid and contract negotiation experience, financial and cost modeling skills, and proven relationship management experience. You are a creative, critical thinker with business and financial acumen who champions innovation, change and process improvement. You are a professional communicator, influencer and negotiator able to build and maintain strong partnerships with internal and external stakeholders. You are able to seek, analyze and translate facts and data into key insights, concepts and recommendations to enable effective decision making. You are a strong collaborator and experienced at presenting technical topics with confidence to senior business partners/leaders. You excel in a fast paced, changing environment and have the ability to effectively resolve multi-party conflicts. You excel in a culture of continuous improvement leveraging innovation and system based tools to increase efficiency and value while delivering an intuitive user-friendly experience for internal and external stakeholders.

What you’ll do:

Manage and own assigned spend category strategies to drive towards procurement and company objectives and business partner goals.

Manage acquisitions of materials, supplies, equipment, and services and review purchase requisitions for accurate data and appropriate authorization.

Lead and ensure usage of Procurement tools, processes, policies and standards

Collaborate with internal stakeholders to influence, develop, and gain buy-in on aligned category strategies and advance key supplier partnership aligned with such strategy with a focus on strategic opportunities.

Provide leadership and guidance to business partners and the IT Procurement team on best-in-class procurement practices, on-going advancements and opportunities associated with assigned categories, and strategic category insights to support delivery of company objectives.

Provide professional and technical acumen for preparing Requests for Proposals (RFP’s), contracts, bid proposals and compare bids and evaluates options.

Support the IT Professional Services Team to ensure their sourcing initiatives are on-track to deliver value.

Lead and own relationships with assigned suppliers within your categories, ensuring fulfilment of contractual obligations and business partner requirements.

Act as a first level escalation point for issues related to suppliers for which you are identified as the procurement prime.

Manage assigned supplier issue and dispute escalations to settlement, including negotiations and settlement agreement execution.

Responsible for building, maintaining, and enhancing solid relationships with key internal stakeholders across the organization to ensure suppliers within the category and the category strategy are meeting business needs.

Challenging the status quo by actively participating in and taking an active role in the continuous improvement, implementation of innovations and automations to create best-in-class procurement practices that are intuitive and user-friendly for internal stakeholders and suppliers.

Implement and champion ethical procurement practices, procurement policies, supplier social responsibility objectives, and supplier diversity and sustainability programs.

Act as internal consultant to business owners on sourcing practices, supplier performance, compliance, and risk management policies, processes, and procurement standard practices.

What you'll have:

University degree in business, engineering, computer science, math, or related field with a general understanding of business operations, financial modeling, and subject matter expertise to influence business decisions.

3 years+ procurement, telecommunications, IT or equivalent experience

Experience managing complex projects in telecommunications industry or IT is a strong asset

Procurement designation/certification desirable but not required - Supply Chain Management Professional (SCMP), Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP), Purchasing Management Association of Canada (PMAC)

Excellent communications, listening and influencing skills, able to communicate complex information to decision makers and key stakeholders in a clear and concise manner

Critical thinking mindset and analytic skills. Creativity to seek, encourage and find non-traditional approaches

Professional executive presence with a demonstrated ability to navigate difficult situations through relationship building and influencing others

Results-driven both short and long term

Ability to execute against multiple projects and excel in a fast-paced, results-oriented work environment

Strong communication and interpersonal skills; a demonstrated collaborator

High standard of computer and data manipulation and interpretation skills – particularly in relation to financial, project management and technical applications

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