Senior Buyer, Burnaby
Administrative Officer R24
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At the Liquor Distribution Branch (LDB) our vision of ‘Service. Relationships. Results.’ is all about providing a valued service, building strong relationships with our stakeholders, and achieving greater results for the province.
The LDB is one of two branches of government responsible for the cannabis and liquor industry of B.C. We operate the wholesale distribution of beverage alcohol and non-medical cannabis within the province, as well as the household retail brands of BC Liquor Stores and BC Cannabis Stores.
We employ nearly 5,000 people in over 200 communities and have hundreds of career opportunities spanning our entire wholesale, retail and corporate operations – from supply chain logistics, to high-tech solutions, and everything in between. The LDB has been named one of BC’s Top Employers 12 times over for offering exceptional places to work, flexible work hours and earned days off, extended health and dental benefits, maternity and parental leave top-up payments, a pension program, in-house professional and leadership development, and subsidies for professional accreditation.
Corporate Strategic Services (CSS) plays a critical role in supporting the entire organization. Comprised of Corporate Communications and Stakeholder Relations, Policy and Information, Privacy and Access Services, Sourcing and Vendor Performance, Strategy & Business Transformation and the Project Management Office, CSS is driven by customer-service and taking action to advise, consult and support each business area throughout the LDB.
The CSS team is comprised of approximately 50 staff. What brings CSS together as a team is the ability to work together to support both the operational areas of the business and other support areas (e.g. Corporate Operations, Finance, Human Resources, Information Technology). The group has a strategic lens with a focus on ensuring the organization aligns and complies with corporate priorities, policies, legislation, best practices, and government mandate.
Reporting to the Category Manager, SVP, the Senior Buyer is responsible for managing the day-to-day activities related to demand management and procurement of specified categories in support of a Category Manager, SVP.
This position is responsible for ensuring that procured and contracted goods and services are effective, efficient, and consistent with LDB’s strategic direction, as well as service and program priorities. The Senior Buyer provides expert advice and analysis on procurement and contracting processes or manages these processes on behalf of the stakeholders. The role manages the LDB procurement life cycle for complex procurement practices that are considered high profile, high risk, high dollar value and politically sensitive.
The Senior Buyer is responsible for the operationalization of the vendor management processes, including building on-going relationships with vendors, monthly balanced scorecard reporting and vendor performance reviews.
The Senior Buyer leads procurement activities across all specified spend categories within the category management framework as directed by the category manager. This includes both goods and services and includes the coordination, planning and execution of RFP selection criteria for identified spend categories. Additionally, the position is required to perform financial and business analysis for acquisition cost-effectiveness, recommends inventory control processes and lease/buy models. Ensures that change management procedures and methodologies are used and drives continuous improvement across the business. Negotiation with outside vendors to optimize procurement of cost-effective acquisitions is necessary.
A criminal record check is required.
For complete details about this opportunity, including accountabilities, please refer to the attached job description, also located in the Additional Information section at the bottom of the posting.
There are two (2) vacancies. An eligibility list for permanent or temporary future opportunities may be established.
Education and Experience:
Post-secondary education in procurement and/or contract management and a minimum of 5 years of recent, related experience*.
- Recent, related procurement experience must have occurred in the last 8 years and must include the following:
Experience with contract document drafting and negotiations of contracts.
Experience in providing advice on solicitation strategies and/or negotiation tactics.
Experience leading strategic procurement projects through to completion (at least 2 projects or more).
Preference will be given to those candidates with the following:
Experience in public sector procurement.
Degree or diploma in law, business administration, commerce, public administration or related discipline.
Certification in e.g. SCMP (Supply Chain Management Professional).
Experience in leading end-to-end procurement life cycle which includes analyzing complex issues, evaluating options and/or recommending solutions.
Experience with requirements gathering and the facilitation of identifying the needs and objectives for procurement initiatives.
Experience with the analysis and evaluation of submissions.
Experience in the administration of the bidding process.
Experience working in purchasing department.
Experience with development of solicitation documents.
Experience taking on a lead role on procurement projects/ initiatives within the procurement team and/or to drive results from the team.
How to Apply & Application Requirements:
In order to be considered for this position, your application must clearly demonstrate how you meet the education and experience as outlined in the Position Requirements section above. Applicants selected to move forward in the hiring process may be assessed on the knowledge, skills, abilities and competencies as outlined in the attached Job Description.
A cover letter is required as part of your application. The content and/or format of your cover letter may be evaluated as part of the assessment process.
Ensure your resume includes your educational accomplishments, employment history including start and end dates (month and year) of your employment, and any relevant information that relates to the job to which you are applying.
For specific position-related enquiries, please contact Harshada Nair, R/HR Advisor, Human Resource Services at 604-252-8561.
Only applications submitted using the BC Public Service Recruitment System on this website will be accepted. For more information about how to create or update your profile, please refer to the attached Application Instructions or refer to the Job Application page on the MyHR website. If you are experiencing technical difficulty applying for a competition, please send an e-mail to BCPSA.Hiring.Centre@gov.bc.ca before the stated closing time, and they will respond as soon as possible to assist you.
Applications will be accepted until 11:00pm Pacific Time on the closing date of the competition.