Indirect Procurement Specialist

Location: Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada
Date Posted: 08-13-2017
Canada Bread Company, Limited is a leading producer and distributor of packaged fresh bread and bakery products with brands such as Dempster’s®, Villaggio®, POM®, Bon Matin®, Ben’s®, Healthy Way® and McGavins®. Dempster’s is the national brand leader and a market leader in the health and well-being segment of bread products in Canada. The growth strategy is to focus on market leadership in all commercial bread categories. The company operates 19 bakeries and employs approximately 4,550 associates across Canada.  It seeks to create value by leading innovation in products and service delivery in the bakery industry, enhancing distribution services and processes, and continuing to grow premium white and whole grain breads, tortillas, bagels, rye, buns, and rolls.

As an independent business unit of Grupo Bimbo, Canada Bread seeks to grow value-added bakery segments by focusing on health and well-being and penetrating new bakery segments and channels of distribution. The business will continue to grow market leadership and margins by investing in the premium whole grain product category, and by delivering continued product innovation in other bakery and snack categories.

Canada Bread serves major grocery chains, retail outlets, and foodservice operations across Canada. The company distributes branded products in the discount, mainstream, and super-premium segments, and is the leading producer in most major bakery categories. It also produces private label products for grocery and foodservice outlet
The Sourcing Buyer, Indirect works collaboratively with various stakeholder groups at Canada Bread, Vachon and Wholesome Harvest Bakery including Marketing, Human Resources, Information Systems, Supply Chain, Operations, and Facilities to create and implement strategic sourcing strategies, events, and contracts.  The buyer provides procurement leadership, support and expertise in the areas of supplier negotiations and contract development. In addition to supporting functional initiatives from a Purchasing perspective, you will also act as project-leader for Purchasing cost-savings initiatives on behalf of the organization.
As an Indirect Procurement Specialist you will work in cooperation with the indirect spend team to manage specific sourcing projects across the corporate and plant indirect spend area. You will work collaboratively with functional business leaders and plant stakeholders, lead sourcing events and executing strategic source plans and initiatives. You will interact with Global Procurement individuals and procurement professionals in other Grupo Bimbo companies.

  • Strategically source select categories using our robust sourcing methodologies and e-sourcing technology, taking projects from inception to completion by:
  • Implementing sourcing strategies within your categories, analyzing user needs, and identifying potential new supply sources
  • Engaging with stakeholders to ensure their needs are addressed
  • Running transparent tenders, developing multiple sourcing options and constructing clear business proposals
  • Achieving internal alignment to your plans followed by creating a negotiation strategy
  • Converting vendor agreements into preferential commercial contracts
  • Identify and initiate process improvements, cost saving opportunities and value add supplier programs between CB stakeholders and suppliers
  • Review commodity trends to anticipate and mitigate price increases (where applicable)
  • Manage quarterly meetings with existing preferred vendors
  • Work with suppliers to ensure they are meeting Service Level Agreements and maintain high customer satisfaction levels
  • Use change management tools to assist in implementation plans at the conclusion of sourcing projects
  • Create Oracle reports that assist with sourcing analysis and events
  • Create and run Oracle reports for compliance reporting and analysis
  • Help to train new users and assist existing users with Oracle issues
  • Work with vendors to obtain rich catalogue content that meets the needs of our end-user 
  • Strong interpersonal skills and able to interact with all levels
  • Strong analytical skills and ability to create innovative options and develop strategy
  • Strong Systems skills and experience with Oracle an asset
  • An Undergraduate degree in a post-secondary institution.
  • Indirect Sourcing Experience of 1-4 years
  • Proven leadership of cross-functional teams
  • Good communication and presentation skills
  • Strong project and change management skills
  • Solid business judgment, able to anticipate impact of decisions and initiatives
  • Excellent negotiation and problem solving skills
  • Familiarity with e-procurement and e-sourcing tools
  • French or Spanish language skills an asset 
Please note all offers of employment at Canada Bread Company, Limited are conditional upon the successful completion of a pre-hire background check. This may include anything up to and including a criminal history check, reference checks and/or credit check.

Canada Bread Company, Limited is an equal opportunity employer that embraces diversity in the workplace and encourages applications from qualified women, men, visible minorities, aboriginal peoples and persons with disabilities. We welcome applications from all interested individuals; however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

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