Manager, Procurement

Destination Canada (DC) is looking for a Manager, Procurement to lead our procurement team.

You’re a negotiator and a consultant.  Someone who evaluates, communicates and, most importantly, is both a team lead and a team player.  A coach and a mentor, you guide teams to success.  In short, your skill set is wide to keep your focus narrow: you rely on a broad expertise to zero in on what your clients want while providing the leadership and direction your team needs.

Your role will centre on planning, executing and controlling procurement initiatives (like purchasing strategies, business case development, cost accounting and financial evaluation methodologies) integral to the organization’s growth.  You’ll develop strategies and procedures that will ensure your team efficiently delivers quality service.  Collaborating with colleagues, partners and clients, you’ll make strategic recommendations to the DC management and its Board of Directors, developing solid supply, product and service agreements that help bring the Canada brand to life.

Selection Process No: 2016-CTC-FIN-398-06

Classification: PG-06

Tenure: Indeterminate

Closing Date: July 11, 2016

Salary: $91,247 - $101,698 per year  

Organization: Destination Canada

Position Title: Manager, Procurement

Language Requirements: English Essential

Duties: Reporting to the General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, provides senior level procurement services and management services related to the delivery, development, management and administration of Destination Canada’s (DC) procurement, contracting and related services for client organizations within DC (headquarters in Vancouver and offices around the world).


Education: Successful completion of post-secondary education in business, contracting/procurement or another specialty relevant to the position OR successful completion of secondary school coupled with significant related experience.

Occupational Certification: Enrolled in or have completed either SCMA (Supply Chain Management Association) or APICS (The Association for Operations Management) designations.

Experience: When applying, the candidate must clearly demonstrate in writing how they meet the following experience criteria:

  • 5 or more years of related experience.
  • Significant and recent experience in planning, executing and controlling procurement initiatives, especially those related to professional service agreements.
  • Experience in negotiating the contractual procurement of services (complex contractual arrangements: long term, complex deliverables, complex legal issues, multi-party or other complexity).
  • Experience developing purchasing strategies, business cases and financial evaluation methodologies.
  • Experience with an ERP system - JD Edwards, Oracle, SAP, People Soft, etc., with SAP experience being a strong asset.
  • Experience managing, mentoring and coaching staff.
  • Experience working in, and providing procurement input and advice within multi-functional project teams.
  • Experience in public procurement is an asset.


  • In-depth knowledge of the generally acceptable financial and administrative policies and practices
  • Knowledge of trends and developments in the contracting and procurement fields in the private and public sectors
  • Good knowledge of the International Trade and North American Trade and World Trade Agreements; Government Contracting Regulations, the Financial Administration Act and Treasury Board Guidelines to identify procurement and supply issues and resolutions
  • In-depth knowledge of contracting techniques and contract management practices
  • Knowledge of contracting costing principles, cost benefit analysis, risk analysis
  • Knowledge of research and analysis methods
  • Knowledge of methods, techniques, and practices of consultation, negotiation and mediation
  • Knowledge of mentoring and coaching techniques and practices
  • Knowledge of management control systems and management theories
  • Knowledge of contracting systems such as ERP system - JD Edwards, Oracle, SAP, People Soft, etc.


  • Leadership with the ability to build harmonious and functional multi-disciplinary teams
  • Ability to anticipate and consider external dynamics
  • Ability to conceptualize the nature and evolution of the function in supporting the organization
  • Ability to plan, execute and manage a procurement process for services.
  • Ability to develop strategies and resolve complex contracting and procurement issues
  • Ability to manage multiple projects/tasks under strict timelines
  • Ability to conduct meetings and provide briefings
  • Ability to influence others, particularly upper management and client groups
  • Strong negotiation skills
  • Customer service orientation
  • Effective interpersonal relationships
  • Ability to resolve conflicts both within the organization and without
  • Thorough: detail and results-oriented and
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills

Personal Suitability: Effective interpersonal relationships; creativity; judgment; results-oriented; discretion; confidentiality; diplomacy; detail-oriented.

Security: A Reliability Status or a Security Clearance may be required.

Entitlement to work in Canada: You must certify in your application that you are legally entitled to work in Canada or have the ability to obtain the necessary approvals to work in Canada.  Destination Canada reserves the right to require that you provide proof of your legal entitlement to work in Canada at any time. Please note that Destination Canada will not be providing relocation assistance.

Note: You must be able to provide proof of your education credentials if requested. When applying, candidates must clearly demonstrate in writing that they meet the above-mentioned education and experience criteria.

Persons are entitled to participate in the appointment process in the official language of their choice. Candidates are asked to indicate their first official language as well as their preferred official language in their application.

This competition may be used to staff similar positions.


Send your resume and application in MS Word format or PDF format to hr [at] destinationcanada [dot] com. Please specify the competition number (2016-CTC-FIN-398-06) in the subject line.

We thank all those interested for their time and care in submitting applications but regret that only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted by the employer. 

No phone calls or emails, please.

Please note that Destination Canada’s pension and benefit plans are completely separate from the federal public service.  In general, candidates cannot transfer their pension and their service from the public service to Destination Canada.

Destination Canada is committed to building a skilled, diverse workforce reflective of Canadian society. As a result, it promotes employment equity and encourages candidates to indicate voluntarily on their application if they are a woman, an Aboriginal person, a person with a disability or a member of a visible minority group.

Destination Canada is also committed to developing inclusive, barrier-free selection processes and work environments. If contacted in relation to a job opportunity or testing, you should advise the staffing official in a timely fashion of the accommodation measures which must be taken to enable you to be assessed in a fair and equitable manner. Information received relating to accommodation measures will be addressed confidentially.