Senior Manager, Global Strategic Sourcing and Procurement Management


Montreal, QC (Canada)

Job Description

The Senior Manager will be responsible for leading a team of highly skilled and experienced professionals who focus on developing global category management strategies that deliver sustained value and competitive advantage to the company (source to contract). 

He/she will collaborate to improve the overall capability and coordination of the team, manage strategic issues that could affect the ability to meet stakeholder expectations and work with the purchasing function (procure-to-pay) to ensure delivery in full, on time with the highest quality standards.

The incumbent will also manage the global procurement support function comprised of Analytics, Logistic, Supplier Quality Assurance, Systems & Processes and Project Management.

Key Responsibilities
  • Manage the company’s supply portfolio ensuring transparency of spending.
  • Generate and implement efficient sourcing and category management strategies globally. 
  • Analyze and calculate costs of procurement and suggest methods to decrease expenditure. 
  • Develop negotiation strategies and secure profitable deals. 
  • Optimize sourcing systems and processes to attain maximum efficiency.
  • Deploy a standard Supplier Relationship Management program to partner with trustworthy suppliers.
  • In collaboration with suppliers, develop and implement continuous improvement programs along the supply chain.
  • Work in collaboration with the internal Quality Department and suppliers to adopt optimal quality assurance and control practices. 
  • Research and anticipate shifts in the negotiating power of suppliers. 
  • Perform cost and scenario analyses, and benchmarking.
  • Estimate risks and apply risk minimizing techniques. 
  • Cooperate with stakeholders to guarantee agreement on terms and processes.
  • Global
Performance Indicators
  • Global category management: successful implementation of category strategies. 
  • Achieve quality, lead time and cost reduction targets.
  • Supplier quality management: high collaboration with quality stakeholders. 
  • Governance: 
    • Deployment of a Supplier Relationship Management program; and, 
    • Excellent collaboration with internal stakeholders (critical business partners with operations). 
  • Efficient processes and systems.
  • Mobilized and developed professionals. 
Working Conditions
  • Office environment ; and,
  • Overtime may be required in peek periods. 


  • Bachelor’s degree in supply chain management, logistics, business administration, economics or equivalent. 
Relevant Work Experience
  • Over 15 years of related work experience.
  • 10 years of proven work experience in supplier sourcing and supply chain management. 
  • Proven successful track record at managing strategic supplier relationship on a global level across multiple regions. 
  • Experience in a global, corporate, and cross-cultural environment.
  • Experience as a contributor to a senior management team.
  • Bilingual in French and English. 
  • Strong understanding of market dynamics and sound business / commercial acumen. 
  • Strong understanding of the end-to-end supply chain; from the customers to the suppliers.
  • Familiar with quality control, continuous improvement, project management and ERP/ MRP software. 
  • Strong communication and leadership skills.
  • Strong judgement with ability to make good decisions.
  • Ability to negotiate and sustain networking relationships. 
  • Ability to work with figures as well as collecting, analyzing, and interpreting data. 
Enabling Core Competencies
Customer Focus
Is dedicated to meeting the needs and expectations of internal and/or external customers; talks and acts with customers in mind; establishes and maintains effective relationships with customers and gains their trust and respect.

Drive for Results
Takes actions to meet and exceed goals and expectations; is bottomline oriented; strives for continuous improvement to make products, services, and work practices more efficient and effective; steadfastly pushes self for results.

Teamwork & Cooperation
Is willing and able to work cooperatively and supportively with colleagues; develops positive and open relationships with team members to solve problems and achieve business goals.

Flexibility & Change
Is able to adapt and respond positively to a variety of situations and people to meet changing priorities; adapts to new ways of working to deliver the desired results.

Continuous Learning
Is able to learn quickly when facing new problems; is a relentless and versatile learner; analyzes both successes and failures for clues to improvement; enjoys the challenge of unfamiliar tasks; quickly grasps the essence of complex situations.

Enabling Strategic Competencies
Strategic Thinking
Sees ahead clearly; can anticipate future consequences and trends accurately; has broad perspective; is future oriented; can accurately paint credible pictures and visions of possibilities; can create competitive and breakthrough strategies and plans.

Is not afraid to take charge when required; does whatever it takes to get the job done despite resistance; takes unpopular stands if necessary; faces difficult situations with guts and tenacity; encourages direct and tough debate but isn’t afraid to end it and move on; is looked to for direction in a crisis; enjoys leading.

Decision Making
Makes good and timely decisions based upon a mixture of analysis, wisdom, experience, and judgment; most of his/her solutions and suggestions turn out to be correct and accurate when judged over time; sought out by others for advice and solutions.

People Development
Provides challenging and stretching tasks and assignments; holds development discussions with subordinates; develops compelling development plans and executes them; brings out the best in people.

Enabling Specific Competencies
Building Team Spirit
Creates strong morale and spirit; in his/her team, he/she shares wins and successes; fosters open dialogue; lets people finish and be responsible for their work; lets subordinates present to senior management; acts as if real success is the success of the whole team; creates a feeling of belonging in the team.

Business Know-How
Is knowledgeable in current industry trends and information affecting his/her business; knows the competition and the supply chain; is aware of how strategies and tactics work in the marketplace.

Comfort around Top Management
Can work comfortably with senior executives; can present bad news to top management without undue tension and nervousness; can determine the best way to get things done with executives by talking their language and responding to their needs; can craft approaches likely to be seen as appropriate and positive by senior managers. 

Managing & Measuring
Clearly assigns responsibility for tasks and decisions; sets clear objectives and measures; monitors process, progress, and results appropriately; delivers timely and objective feedback on accomplishments.

Organizational Dexterity
Knowledgeable about how organizations function; knows how to get things done both through formal channels and the informal network; understands the origin and reasoning behind key policies, practices, and procedures. 
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